AE's ATRs are certainly getting long in the tooth. The last time I flew on one of them was out of their San Juan hub in 2002. The flight out to SXM
was packed full, and the plane shook so badly I thought screws on the plane and even possibly tooth fillings would start coming out.
I flew back via Tortola, getting a Dash-8 to EIS on LIAT, and another AE
ATR from EIS to SJU
. The difference between the Dash-8 and ATR was night and day. The second ATR was just as bad as the first. It's amazing to me that since they charge nearly $1/mile to fly, that there aren't better planes on some of these routes in the Caribbean.
I've nothing against props in general, I even liked the flight I had on a Shorts 360 once, but these old ATRs just need to go.