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Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:39 am

Hi folks,

I did a quick Google search and it was suggested that Pacific Coastal has now ceased operating the Shorts 360. Is this true?

Thanks,

James.
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:56 am

There were only scheduled flights with Beech 1900 and Saab 340 left.
 
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:07 pm

Quoting viasa (Reply 1):
There were only scheduled flights with Beech 1900 and Saab 340 left.

Thanks. Is this 100%? I know that's the case per its online booking, but I wondered whether that was because the SH6 only operates during the summertime.
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:23 pm

When I flew Pacific Coastal on the YVR-Victoria RT, I didn't see a single Shorts 360, except for one at the hangar. All were either Saabs and Beeches.
 
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:32 pm

Sad news. I was there late May 2012 and had missed it by two weeks. There was a recent trip report from some lucky member in the Trip Reports forum. Also, the staff at the check-in desks advised that the aircraft was due to do some crew training early June which from her point of view showed some committment to operate the type for longer.

I admit the check-in staff may not be the best informed person to ask, but I'd give them a call and ask if it is retired for good or if it comes back next summer. The closest alternative is probably Tiara Air in Aruba.
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:36 pm

Thanks everyone.

Quoting Loran (Reply 4):
I was there late May 2012 and had missed it by two weeks.

:-(

I was hoping to visit B.C. and to fly the SH6. Oh well.
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:56 pm

I believe it still flies domestically in Israel.


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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:15 pm

Tiara Air in Aruba still flies them between all three ABC (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) islands and to Las Piedras and Maracaibo (Venezuela) and Riohacha (Colombia).
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:59 pm

Here is a great vid from my fave list of someones PCA S-360 experience from Port Hardy to YVR last year. Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCjZ2pw2TAE
 
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:12 pm

Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 7):
Tiara Air in Aruba still flies them between all three ABC (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) islands and to Las Piedras and Maracaibo (Venezuela) and Riohacha (Colombia).

.............and P4-TIB is an ex- Pacific Coastel plane aswell !
 
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:51 pm

I flew the Pacific Coastal Shorts 360 in 2005 from Comox to YVR ... noisy beast but a very comfy cabin. The windows are nice and big too, so flying down the Straits of Georgia on a sunny day was absolutely gorgeous.

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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:36 am

One is still going C-GPCF, though her days are numbered. I heard she was retired 2 weeks ago, but she is still flying, maybe just a filler for the Saab's - heres a photo taken yesterday!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcavpics/8041873126/in/photostream

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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:36 am

I emailed Pacific Coastal which just replied:

"Good Afternoon James

As of right now our Short 360 is not doing any scheduled flights with Pacific Coastal Airlines. We are unsure of its future of returning at this time.

Thank you

Claire S

YVR Customer Service Agent."
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RE: Has Pacific Coastal Retired Its Shorts 360?

Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:36 pm

Alas, the Grumman Goose has also been "parked":

"As the aircraft age, our inability to acquire certified parts has made it impossible for us to continue to maintain and operate the Grumman Goose to Pacific Coastal Airlines and Transport Canada standards. This obstacle puts the ongoing, long-term viability of operating the Grumman Goose into question.

With this in mind, we have made the decision to park the Grumman fleet while we determine the options".

Source: http://www.pacificcoastal.com/id/221/newsID/56/News.html
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