VSXA380X800, I wouldn't really consider the airlines in the caribbean to be LCC, as we know the term. They are just small, regional carriers. But the Dash 8's serve them well with the routes they fly. Other aircraft type simply may not work, at least not without additional cost. One carrier, Carib Express tried the caribbean thing with BAE146's and didn't last too long at all.
You wouldn't find LIAT or Caribbean Star in Jamaica. These carriers serve the Lesser Antilles, with LIAT reaching as far as SJU
, and both carriers getting as far south as GEO. In Jamaica however, would find Air Jamaica Express and they do fly a couple Dash 8's.
does not operate the A300/310 anymore, but quite a few A320's and A321's. YOu would see these birds in number of islands in the Lesser Antilles. You would also see BW
's 737's and even the A340 in some islands too. But for Point to Point, island hopping you are going to see the Dash 8.
A good example of a Dash 8's morning is Caribbean Star's flight that originate in POS
, continues on to GND, SVD, SLU, ANU
, SKB, SXM
and EIS. If you are orginating in POS
and heading for EIS, you have long day of 30 minute flights ahead of you.
There is something special about planes....