Flying-Tiger
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Eastern Airways Considers Q300

Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:20 am

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It will take delivery of its fifth Saab 2000 in the near future. Lake says he is currently in discussions with Bombardier over the possibility of purchasing an undisclosed number of 50-seat Dash 8 Q300 turboprops to be added to Eastern’s fleet within 12 to 15 months. In addition, the carrier will “probably add three to four” more Jetstream 41 and/or Saab 2000 aircraft this year.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...the-norm-with-eastern-airways.html

Given the current size of their fleet it would appear that they are talking about 5 to 10 frames.
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RE: Eastern Airways Considers Q300

Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:07 am

Very interesting article

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planning additional domestic growth

Intrigued. Eastern have been very quiet on the expansion front recently and while there are certainly niches for them to exploit they will have to careful, of BE especially. Can I suggest they start there look for new routes at home however  Wink

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aims to open bases in two central European countries within 12 months. “We will continue with our lateral expansion, and we see opportunities within Europe to use the Eastern model,” says Lake, adding that the carrier is in talks with a number of airports in undisclosed countries in central Europe.

Very interesting, as the article said, T3 have been very cautious/reluctant with regards to European expansion. There are similar airlines to T3 in Europe, such as LGW - so hopefully T3 can have similar success to them

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Lake forcefully dismisses the concept of competition in the aviation industry as “overblown and crap”, and does not seem worried about the potential threat of other regional or low-cost airlines entering Eastern’s market. “Airlines, in general, are driven by daft egos and most don’t even make any money,” he says. “Price isn’t everything – we consistently turn out a good passenger proposition.”

To use those words, that comment is 'crap'. Competition does effect T3 - they dropped MAN-STN and NWI-EDI because of LoCo competition, and BE present a massive threat to them in the future. They may have high quality service, but price is also important to business passengers

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Thread starter):
Given the current size of their fleet it would appear that they are talking about 5 to 10 frames.

Depends what they want them for - if its a Jetstream replacement it would be at least 20
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RE: Eastern Airways Considers Q300

Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:43 pm

I suppose this is kind of similiar to NZ switch from SF340s to DH8-3s. IIRC the operating costs were similar for both aircraft but the DH8-3 obvious can offer more seats. Will certainly be interesting to see how this develops.
 
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RE: Eastern Airways Considers Q300

Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:06 pm

I would of thought that if T3 wanted Dash 8 they would of gone for the Q400 instead of the older Q300
 
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RE: Eastern Airways Considers Q300

Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:31 pm

Quoting BMIE70 (Reply 2):
Will certainly be interesting to see how this develops.

Agreed. Since they're very quiet about it.

Quoting Revo (Reply 3):
I would of thought that if T3 wanted Dash 8 they would of gone for the Q400 instead of the older Q300

Maybe they want a 50 seater versus a 70 seater. ! f/a versus 2 f/a could also play a key role in deciding between the two aircraft. In the end I think the Q300 would be better.

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RE: Eastern Airways Considers Q300

Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:51 am

Considering the average load factor of Eastern is 50-55% article (see the article), a Q400 would be way too big for Eastern's needs. They could mayube use one for charters but thats about it
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