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Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:09 am

It has been a while since I've flown QX, I remember boarding from the rear door on the Q200, is that the practice on the Q400? I'm curious as I'm flying to RDM during the holidays and this info will determine where I book our seats.
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:15 am

Yes, they board the Q400 through both doors, unless the parking situation at a particular airport doesn't permit it. My flights at LAX have always used both doors, but other planes that were too close to the taxiway didn't use the back door.

That said, my last arrival into Medford deplaned only through the front door due to a medical issue at the back ... I was in row 17.
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:38 am

Quoting Wingtips56 (Reply 1):

That said, my last arrival into Medford deplaned only through the front door due to a medical issue at the back ... I was in row 17

Ugh, I will book in the back, it's more fun going over the mountains.
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:41 am

Out of interest, do they ever use jetway boarding like other carriers do on RJs?
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:06 am

On my flights in and out of RDM they have used both doors. I've never understood why everyone is in such a hurry to rush off and then stand in the freezing wind waiting for their a la carte bags.
 
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:06 am

As far as I know Q400s at QX are boarded through both doors wherever possible and via stairs (not jetways). Personally I prefer a seat near the back since it is quieter farther from the prop. However for a good view you must be in one of the last 3 rows, otherwise the engine blocks your view.

Some really like the Q400. For a prop it is good, but they still fly lower and slower than a jet. Bouncing through Rocky Mountain storms and deviating around weather that everyone else climbs over the top is not fun in my mind.

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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:13 am

Quoting roseflyer (Reply 5):
However for a good view you must be in one of the last 3 rows, otherwise the engine blocks your view

And according to SeatGuru the props and the engines from row 7 all the way back to row 16? Wow.
Well the best I could do PDX-RDM was row 16, and coming back is row 17. We got the side facing Mt Hood both ways, if it's visible. I guess for a 35 minute flight it really doesn't matter, but I'm an obsessive A.nutter.



I heard a rumor that one side of the Q400 has slightly less legroom than the other side, or maybe pitch?


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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:29 am

I've not flown a QX -Q400. I've flown now 3 UX -Q400s (all config 1 with three rows of F class).

The props are even with Row 7 and the rear of the engine extends to about row 16 or 17.

I agree that if you want an unobstructed view, you need to be in 1) the first 5 or 6 rows or 2) the last three rows.
 
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:30 am

Quoting RWA380 (Thread starter):

I remember boarding from the rear door on the Q200, is that the practice on the Q400?


Rear door on the Q200?
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:38 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 6):

Row 16 will be heavily obstructed, all you can see is down below. The forward window from 17 has a mediocre view. The back window has a good view out behind the plane.
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:50 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
Out of interest, do they ever use jetway boarding like other carriers do on RJs?

When I flew into/out of IDA (Idaho Falls, ID) on QX on 03MAR09, we used a jetway to deplane/board. As far as I could tell at the time, it was specially modified for regional aircraft.
 
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:15 am

Quoting clickhappy (Reply 4):
On my flights in and out of RDM they have used both doors. I've never understood why everyone is in such a hurry to rush off and then stand in the freezing wind waiting for their a la carte bags.

I'm glad that I'm not the only one who wonders about that!

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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:42 am

Quoting roseflyer (Reply 9):
Rear door on the Q200?

Maybe he was flying with the luggage?
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:51 am

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 8):
Rear door on the Q200?

My thoughts exactly, I'm confused.
 
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:32 am

Quoting roseflyer (Reply 9):
Row 16 will be heavily obstructed, all you can see is down below. The forward window from 17 has a mediocre view. The back window has a good view out behind the plane.


Row 19 on the Q400. I swear by it. Good view. Quieter than up in the front. Board and deplane through the back!

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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:15 am

Even though I prefer to sit up front near the props, I don't mind the back either because I always enjoy boarding through the rear door. Reason being, when on the ground, you have some excellent photo opportunities of both the nose and tail of the aircraft. This is a much better way to spend the wait for your a la carte bags! As for legroom, I can't say I've ever noticed a difference from one side of the aircraft to the other.

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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:29 am

I boarded their Q400 thought a Jetbridge in YLW twice.

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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:56 am

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 16):
I boarded their Q400 thought a Jetbridge in YLW twice

I'm curious to know how often QX uses jetbridges when available, especially in colder destinations. I know they used to offer umbrellas in PDX and SEA for running from the terminal to the plane and back, another great AS amenity.
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:20 am

In late 2007 I boarded N409QX in BIL with a jetbridge. The picture quality isn't brilliant but you should get the idea, it used some sort of extension piece at the end of the bridge. That was a great flight by the way, really made me appreciate QX!

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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:28 pm

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 16):
I boarded their Q400 thought a Jetbridge in YLW twice.

And at Calgary also.

Exits at SEA South Satellite for YYJ-SEA all appear to be from the front door. Remember that YYJ does not have a US preclearance facility, and all passengers flying YYJ-SEA must go through FIS in Seattle.

In late 2007 I boarded N409QX in BIL with a jetbridge.

I forgot Billings. The other side of BIL-SEA being one of the world's *longest* Q400 routes is the complimentary Oregon wines, light snacks, and northwest microbrew -- plus no connections at DEN or SLC.  Smile

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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:59 pm

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 19):
YYJ-SEA all appear to be from the front door

Correct, they don't even pull stairs up to the rear door.
 
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:05 pm

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 16):

I boarded their Q400 thought a Jetbridge in YLW twice.

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I recently boarded a Q400 in YYC. Just like the pic that CrimsonNL has, it's a little extension from the jetway into the plane. You have to duck if you are over 5 feet tall to get in, though. It's a bit awkward.
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:39 pm

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 19):
Exits at SEA South Satellite for YYJ-SEA all appear to be from the front door. Remember that YYJ does not have a US preclearance facility, and all passengers flying YYJ-SEA must go through FIS in Seattle.

Which is why QX used to stop at CLM, I took QX to YYJ years ago, and at that time, QX stopped there both ways. We got off the plane cleared FIS, then immediately re-boarded for our hop to SEA. YYJ-CLM is a pretty short flight.
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:44 pm

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 18):
In late 2007 I boarded N409QX in BIL with a jetbridge. The picture quality isn't brilliant but you should get the idea, it used some sort of extension piece at the end of the bridge. That was a great flight by the way, really made me appreciate QX!

Those are used on CRJs and ERJs also at many airports. Some jetbridges can get close enough to not need one, but the chance of aircraft damage is greatly reduced by using one.
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RE: Boarding The Q400 On AS

Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:24 am

Back in "the old days," the propeller Dc-6 and Dc-7's, Constellations, and the jet prop Electras all had First Class in the back, where the noise was less and the ride smoother. The only exception I know (besides those airlines that flew one class configurations) was Braniff, which had two F sections on their Electra equipment, both in front and back.

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