|Quoting Airnerd (Reply 7):|
I like the Q400 fine - but the reduction in frequencies in service it brings to some of the smaller stations is a real drag. PDX-ACV is a good example... With the D328 we had two (maybe three) direct flights per day. Now with the Q400 we're down to a single flight that's a triangle route through RDD with no non-stops (there's a stop in RDD both outbound and inbound) I used to fly QX to ACV at least 3 or 4 times per year. Now, even though they've upgraded the aircraft, I rarely make the trip with them anymore since the schedule is so bad. Plus with nasty weather at ACV, finicky planes and only one flight in or out to the north per day, the possibility of getting stranded is too high. Last spring, I got stranded there for 36 hours while two Q400s had technical difficulties. I generally now prefer to fly UA through SFO or just drive the 7 hours....
When I first moved to Humboldt in January 2001, QX
had three Q200 'triangle route' flights a day into ACV
. Back then UAex also flew a couple of flights a day between ACV
but those ended after 9/11. The 3 daily QX
Q200's left ACV
at something like 9am, 1pm and 6pm. The first and last flight of the day did SEA
and the middle flight of the day flight did SEA
. I think the middle of the day flight was axed before the Q400's started serving our communities because that flight usually had light loads. It was not timed well for connections. The one time I flew it, the pilot announced that he was going to take us on a scenic route at 8K feet up to Newport then head over to PDX
to avoid headwinds. As usual, I had a window seat on the left. It was a spectacular flight to say the least. I usually flew the 6pm from ACV
up to SEA
to visit friends over the weekend then flew the 2pm out of SEA
on Sunday back to ACV
. I don't do that trip as much anymore because the only northbound flight leaves at 11:45am which means I have to take a whole day off from work to fly north. Plus QX
charges over $300 for that flight now. Lately I either drive or fly UA
because they offer more options throughout the day and at times you can snag a $200 E-Fare special.
After the Q400's started flying into here and before QX
started the LAX
flights out of ACV
, they flew two flights a day down here from SEA
. One left SEA
at 6am and the other at 2PM. The 2pm stopped in PDX
then went straight to ACV
. That was one of the most spectacular flights. We usually paralleled I-5 to Grants Pass then aimed towards CEC
where we went out to sea and paralleled the coast down to Trinidad Head and landed in ACV
from the north. If it was clear, the left side was provided with incredible views of Redwood National Park and the coastline. I often noticed the flight attendants taking in the view after they finished the inflight service. Northbound, the Q400 flights left ACV
at something like 11am and 6pm which allowed you to work most of the day then fly north after work like the old Q200 3/day schedule.
was to be so kind as to add a second flight a day to ACV
from the north. They should consider doing an evening flight that flies PDX
or stops in ACV
first then RON at either airport. Since ACV
is notorious for fog, they may want to RON in ACV
like the 6am flight to LAX
does. The evening flight should be timed for connections from PDX
flights. Then first thing in the morning, do the reverse north to PDX
where the flight arrives in time to provide connections to outbound QX
flights. The existing 11:45am flight to RDD
gets in to Portland too late to connect to much of anything except for the late afternoon flights to Alaska and a handful of QX
flights around the northwest.
Flyboy80, it is because of flight crew like you and many others I have talked to on Horizon flights, I feel QX
is one of the top airlines I have traveled on in the world. QX
provides the quality of inflight service that used to be the norm prior to deregulation. Thank you for all you have done!! You are right, flying on the Q200 is like flying in a special club and the aircraft is small enough and slow enough, that we usually had time for a quick beer when flying between RDD
. That quickly ended with the Q400's because they can do the trip in 23 minutes.
I'm leavin on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll be back again....