Q400 And CRJ700 In Fleet

Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:23 am

Going over Bombardier's website I've noticed that Horizon Air has ordered both the Q400 and CRJ700. They both have the same capacity. My question is, what's the advantage for Horizon to have these two aircraft? How did they come to the conclusion of having 70 seater turbo prop and a 70 seater jet?

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RE: Q400 And CRJ700 In Fleet

Tue Mar 20, 2001 12:18 pm

I believe on routes under 400 miles, the turboprop becomes more economical. Under 250 miles, it becomes incredibly more economical.

I believe Horizon has considerable routes that around the 250-400 miles threshold.

The 700 will also replace the F28's so pax used to having jets will continue to do so.
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RE: Q400 And CRJ700 In Fleet

Tue Mar 20, 2001 4:44 pm

Wahoo! I can answer that.

The Q400 is basically going to be used on the shuttle routes that need extra seats for high demand. IE: PDX-SEA, SEA-YVR, SEA/PDX-GEG, BOI etc. The Seattle shuttle flights are our big money maker and the F-28 gets horrible gas mileage. So, yes essentially the 250 mile range.

The CRJ (IF THEY EVER GET HERE!!!!!!!!) will be used on the existing jet routes, Montana, So. Cal, Mid-Cal, etc.

As for the 37 seat Q200's they'll continue on with the smaller airport feeder routs and I'm sure do some shuttle duty.

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RE: Q400 And CRJ700 In Fleet

Tue Mar 20, 2001 4:51 pm

on short legs turboprops much more cost efficient. also on 100-250 nm legs there is no big block time difference.