ramerinianair
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CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 1:10 am

I just wanted to know the story with this service . . .
I recently flew them from ALB-ISP on Sunday. I know they cut service back on the weekends and I'm guessing this is because the lack of business travelers. The flight from ALB-Montreal(YYZ?) had "zippo". The ramper asked the gate agents and she replied "Zippo". My flight had 2, me and another. There were as many of us as them!
I wanted to know:
1.) If the loads are always this light or is it just during the weekends.
2.) How they operate their fleet of 1900s, The schedule showed that almost all the cities served from ALB depart at around 5pm and come back-do the a/c only have 2 flights a day?
3.) Can these a/c be operated efficiently? The first row is blocked off and the last bench of 3 seats is folded down. Only 9 seats available.
4.) Isn't this a/c kind of dangerous? There was NO cabin door(which gave a great view) and the F/O was the flight attendant too. The engines were so loud that you couldn't hear the announcements either(I didn't mind, I was able to sing to my mp3 player without bothering anybody.
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:45 am

3. One flight I did (CLE-IAD) had one seat blocked out, the other 18 were occupied. A few years ago mind.

4. What are you going to do with a Beech 1900? (no A)? It's not exactly much of a flying bomb. But it is a great view!

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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:44 am

Next time you fly the Beach 1900 ask the F/O-F/A for a double Stoli's on the rocks with a twist of lime- You won't care as much about the dangerous aircraft and it will probably make you sing better too- kinda like in flight Karaoke.
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:51 am

Well, first off I'm sure the seats wouldn't be blocked if more people were booked. The B1900 has a capacity for 19. Additionally, it's not in the least a "dangerous" aircraft. The Beech is a rugged and reliable aircraft and just beause it's a turboprop doesn't mean it's any less safe. Commutair flies them all over out of CLE and they're making money and bringing in connections.
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:54 am

You can also fart real loud and no one notices!
 
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:54 am

"Well, first off I'm sure the seats wouldn't be blocked if more people were booked."

We had to block off seats all the time out of ITH, especially over Christmas and in the summer when all the students were taking their entire life belongings home.
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:55 am

Provided it doesn't smell too bad.
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ramerinianair
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 5:18 am

I don't know why I typed beach instead of Beech . . . Anyway, it was a cool aircraft.
I noted that it may be dangerous because of there being no cabin door. Otherwise, I don't see why it wouldn't be able to fly. I know a US F/A told me they wanted to phase out the Dash-8s because the average weight per passenger was going to go up and the props weren't going to be able to hold as many seats as before. I thought that was maybe happening here.
Also, anybody know about this routes load during the week? - It was very very low on the weekend!!
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:07 am

noted that it may be dangerous because of there being no cabin door.

Just to clarify... you mean no cockpit door, right?
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:18 am

Those Beeches are a blast to fly on. My freind used to work for Commutair so I flew with him a few times back when he was based in Upstate NY, he's since gone to CLE and hired on w/ another airline. Those seats are only blocked when the plane isn't full. The seat people towards the CG when they're not full, so that means no back row. I was on a few flights that were totally full and the back row was used though.
 
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:24 am

Skyway's 1900s all have cockpit doors on them. They're kind of funky looking due to the shape of the fuselage, so there's an open arc at the top. Kind of like swinging doors on an old-west saloon!
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:58 am

noted that it may be dangerous because of there being no cabin door.

Just to clarify... you mean no cockpit door, right?


I guess that would depend on which direction you look at the (missing) door  Smile
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 8:02 am

I was on a B1900 back when they were actually Continental Express (ABE-CLE) and it was a full flight.

With less passengers, perhaps they block and/or fold up seats to assist with weight and balance. Just a thought.


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ramerinianair
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RE: CO Connection Beach-1900s

Wed Jan 19, 2005 11:05 am

Yes, I ment Cockpit door!
Thanks for the anwsers! It seemed that the pilots were having fun!!!
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