|Quoting Thecheese (Reply 1):|
Horizon used to fly a bunch of Dash-8's, but I think they phased them out for fleet commonality reasons.
Last time I checked, Horizon still has nearly 50 Dash 8s in both Q200 and Q400 variants. Given the low operating costs and larger capacity of the Q400s, Horizon probably has little need for a Q300. Also, due to the fact that the Q400 has a lower per-seat cost than the Q200, Horizon figures that any route that would presumably be worth flying a Q300 on can just as easily be served with a Q400, which allows for much greater revenue potential.
Of the routes you mentioned, Spokane already gets plenty of Q400s, and believe me, there are times when you can't get a seat from SEA
for DAYS. Plenty of times people can be found wishing that there were more Alaska flights instead of Horizon. Vancouver gets the same way. Victoria isn't steady business and the Q200 is plenty. Goeing to Portland, with 26 flights a day, and a few CRJ-700s and Q400s mixed in, the only reason to upsize the planes would be to reduce frequency, something not too likely to happen. I don't usually deal with Redmond and Eugene passengers much, at least not enough to remember. Then again, I probably don't remember because it has never been an issue finding availability into those cities for misconnecting passengers.