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Alaska plans return of turboprops as Boeing 737 Max jet deliveries delayed

Alaska Airlines says two of the three new 737 Max 9 jets that Boeing was to deliver in 2019 have been shifted to 2020 because of the global grounding of the single aisle jets. At the same time, Alaska disclosed that two Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft that were previously removed from its operating fleet "will be returning to revenue service." "We expect these additions to occur in late 2019," the SeaTac-based airline said of the Q400s in a securities filing. ( Altro...

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what is that often used expression.."everything old is new again"...
Jim Fellers 3
Love the Q400! Many trips -- PDX, BOI, SEA, GEG. Sadly, no more FREE BEER once they are phased out and the E175 remains. Talked to a Horizon flight attendant who said it seemed strange to charge for alcohol on the E175 when it was free on the Q400. Horizon will never be the same :-)
Hmm.. It makes you wonder that since QXE is dropping the Q400s for E175s, they could just let QXE operate those routes that ASA would use the Q400s until they either get the B38M in. They bit themselves in the foot by backing out of the options they had for the A320, so they're in a bit of a problem.
Those planes are pretty solid. I've flown them in Northern Canada several times.
matt jensen 2
Not as much as the Dash 7s.
Ed Crist 0
Solid? Probably, but they are loud, bouncy, and just generally uncomfortable. I have flown several times on the Q400 (Alaska) and E175 (Delta) between EUG/SEA and I much prefer the E175. Not much time difference but comfort level is much better on the E175.
Lois Lettini 1
What came to my 78 year old mind when reading this was that "years ago", while working for an airline, I was told turbo props were safer than jets. Anybody have any thoughts about this?
Russell Hill 3
A 78 yr. old retired airline pilot here. I have flown single engine reciprocating propeller driven airplanes, multi engine recips, multi engine turboprops, and multi engine turbojets up through the B-747.

IMHO,the current generation of high bypass turbojet engines are safer than turboprops. The turbojet has less machinery involved in converting fuel to thrust and noise. It is also more fuel efficient.

Lois Lettini 3
Thanks Rusty. My very first airplane flight was on a DC-3. Talk about an experience!! What is your favorite airplane to fly? And which do YOU think is/was the safest?
Russell Hill 4
In my experience every airplane built to Airline standards was safe, if properly maintained with a crew well trained to operate the aircraft as it was intended.

As a contrary example, when a Boeing 777 crew attempted to fly a perfectly functioning aircraft on a visual approach in good weather to a big runway and landed short of the runway because the crew couldn't handle it, that was not a properly trained crew. I do not care how many boxes were checked during their training.
sharon bias 4
Yup. Falls under the "you can't fix stupid" category.
like Lois my first flight in 1962 was the DC-3 talk about a bone shaker
Ricky Scott 1
IMHO, reduced down to basics, the modern day turbofan is nothing more than a ducted turbo prop without the gear box and variable pitch props. Its a smaller and smaller jet that drives a big giant Fan in front. 80%-90% of the thrust comes from the bypass fan and a little from the tail pipe.


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