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Where have all the Q 400's Gone ?

Butts

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Since the demise of Flybe I have not had the misfortune to be on one of these awful Turboprops.

Where have they all gone ?

Much prefer BA Embraers or BA/ Easyjet Airbus.
 
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Since the demise of Flybe I have not had the misfortune to be on one of these awful Turboprops.

Where have they all gone ?

Much prefer BA Embraers or BA/ Easyjet Airbus.
According to Airline Fleets 2021*, eleven former UK registered examples are with Conair in Canada.

Air Canada Jazz has a fleet of 40, but these appear to be direct to them from manufacture. Ditto 30 with another Canadian carrier, Porter Airlines. Oh, and 47 with West Jet Encore ( guess which country...?! ).

I haven't got time to search the rest of the book I'm afraid.


*The aviation equivalent of the Combined Volume.
 
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According to Airline Fleets 2021*, eleven former UK registered examples are with Conair in Canada.

Air Canada Jazz has a fleet of 40, but these appear to be direct to them from manufacture. Ditto 30 with another Canadian carrier, Porter Airlines. Oh, and 47 with West Jet Encore ( guess which country...?! ).

I haven't got time to search the rest of the book I'm afraid.


*The aviation equivalent of the Combined Volume.

Thanks for that.
 

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Alaska Airlines also have 32 Q400s, all operated from new by Horizon Air. Spent a lot of time up and down the West Coast and British Columbia on those!

As for the Flybe airframes, Airfleets has full lists of stored and historical fleets. Any aircraft that have found further use or a new owner are listed in Historical fleet

Historical (transferred to new operator) https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Flybe-history-dh8.htm
Stored (not having found further use) https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Flybe-stored-dh8.htm - I can only imagine they are still parked where they last landed in March, but not sure

The eleven airframes transferred to Canada (via Skyworld, a remarketer) are included in the historical list which gives the fates of each one. G-KKEV was the first delivered to Canada to Conair (in Flybe colours). These are all for firefighting tanker conversions (Q400AT)

G-KKEV is now C-FFQG and was seen fitted with a belly tank and fully operational as such in May https://simpleflying.com/flybe-water-bomber-dash-8/

One other ex-Flybe airframe, G-ECOI, has found a new home with Cobham Aviation in Australia. Now VH-IYW, delivered in April 2021 and enjoying a busy life in Western Australia:
Airfleets https://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-dh8-4224.htm, Flightradar24 https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/vh-iyw, Jetphotos https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/10142958

There is a phoenix operation, dubbed "New Flybe" which has actually secured a commercially very important 86 slots at Heathrow for this summer from British Airways. They have one Q400, G-CLXC, albeit interestingly it's not a stored Flybe airframe, but a much older ex-Tyrolean and Austrian Airlines OE-LGA ferried from Zagreb to Exeter in February. Presumably cheaper to acquire than the Flybe airframes!

https://simpleflying.com/flybe-2-heathrow-slots/
https://simpleflying.com/flybe-2-0-...g-a-reality-with-first-aircraft-registration/
 
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Alaska Airlines also have 32 Q400s, all operated from new by Horizon Air. Spent a lot of time up and down the West Coast and British Columbia on those!

As for the Flybe airframes, Airfleets has full lists of stored and historical fleets. Any aircraft that have found further use or a new owner are listed in Historical fleet

Historical (transferred to new operator) https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Flybe-history-dh8.htm
Stored (not having found further use) https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Flybe-stored-dh8.htm - I can only imagine they are still parked where they last landed in March, but not sure

The eleven airframes transferred to Canada (via Skyworld, a remarketer) are included in the historical list which gives the fates of each one. G-KKEV was the first delivered to Canada to Conair (in Flybe colours). These are all for firefighting tanker conversions (Q400AT)

G-KKEV is now C-FFQG and was seen fitted with a belly tank and fully operational as such in May https://simpleflying.com/flybe-water-bomber-dash-8/

One other ex-Flybe airframe, G-ECOI, has found a new home with Cobham Aviation in Australia. Now VH-IYW, delivered in April 2021 and enjoying a busy life in Western Australia:
Airfleets https://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-dh8-4224.htm, Flightradar24 https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/vh-iyw, Jetphotos https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/10142958

There is a phoenix operation, dubbed "New Flybe" which has actually secured a commercially very important 86 slots at Heathrow for this summer from British Airways. They have one Q400, G-CLXC, albeit interestingly it's not a stored Flybe airframe, but a much older ex-Tyrolean and Austrian Airlines OE-LGA ferried from Zagreb to Exeter in February. Presumably cheaper to acquire than the Flybe airframes!

https://simpleflying.com/flybe-2-heathrow-slots/
https://simpleflying.com/flybe-2-0-...g-a-reality-with-first-aircraft-registration/

All very interesting thanks.

Any update on where Flybe's Embraers are ?
 

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Most of the Embraer 190/195s went steadily before COVID and more to do with them being a poor economic decision. They went to various new homes, Stobart and a few others, over the last few years and there were only a few left by the time the airline collapsed.

Most of the eleven 175s were stored by the lessors in March 2020 but that withdrawal process had already started also. None of these currently flying.

https://simpleflying.com/flybe-collapse/

I occasionally used Flybe out of LCY and they were typically cheaper than the BA routes they shadowed. Without a lounge, my choice from LCY was more price than service driven! They were sometimes half empty and always had a very scruffy feel to them, the interiors were not well cared for in my experience. I recall the website was a mess and half of it wasn't functional. The last flight with them was LCY-DUS and return in 2019, about 20 passengers on the whole Q400. Despite their stringent hand luggage rules, one guy brought on a full size suitcase and was allowed to plonk it unsecured on the seat next to him!
 

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All very interesting thanks.

Any update on where Flybe's Embraers are ?

There quite a few at Norwich which I think are ex-Flybe ones. There's a big chunk of the BA E-Jet fleet there and then quite a few from Great Dane and some Air Europa.
 

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Alaska Airlines also have 32 Q400s, all operated from new by Horizon Air. Spent a lot of time up and down the West Coast and British Columbia on those!

As for the Flybe airframes, Airfleets has full lists of stored and historical fleets. Any aircraft that have found further use or a new owner are listed in Historical fleet

Historical (transferred to new operator) https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Flybe-history-dh8.htm
Stored (not having found further use) https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Flybe-stored-dh8.htm - I can only imagine they are still parked where they last landed in March, but not sure

The eleven airframes transferred to Canada (via Skyworld, a remarketer) are included in the historical list which gives the fates of each one. G-KKEV was the first delivered to Canada to Conair (in Flybe colours). These are all for firefighting tanker conversions (Q400AT)

G-KKEV is now C-FFQG and was seen fitted with a belly tank and fully operational as such in May https://simpleflying.com/flybe-water-bomber-dash-8/

One other ex-Flybe airframe, G-ECOI, has found a new home with Cobham Aviation in Australia. Now VH-IYW, delivered in April 2021 and enjoying a busy life in Western Australia:
Airfleets https://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-dh8-4224.htm, Flightradar24 https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/vh-iyw, Jetphotos https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/10142958

There is a phoenix operation, dubbed "New Flybe" which has actually secured a commercially very important 86 slots at Heathrow for this summer from British Airways. They have one Q400, G-CLXC, albeit interestingly it's not a stored Flybe airframe, but a much older ex-Tyrolean and Austrian Airlines OE-LGA ferried from Zagreb to Exeter in February. Presumably cheaper to acquire than the Flybe airframes!

https://simpleflying.com/flybe-2-heathrow-slots/
https://simpleflying.com/flybe-2-0-...g-a-reality-with-first-aircraft-registration/
All very interesting living under the flightpath into SOU.

Perhaps a bit tactless to highlight the item, but the conversion work was done at Abbotsford, about 100 miles from the town of Lytton which was burnt out a couple of days ago.
 

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Is anyone flying Q400's on any UK routes at the moment ?

There quite a few at Norwich which I think are ex-Flybe ones. There's a big chunk of the BA E-Jet fleet there and then quite a few from Great Dane and some Air Europa.

Have they been stripped of The Flybe Colours back to white ?
 

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Is anyone flying Q400's on any UK routes at the moment ?



Have they been stripped of The Flybe Colours back to white ?

They have. And I suspect that the Great Dane ones may be ex-Flybe as the list upthread has a few ex-Flybe E-Jets stored under OY registrations, maybe the Air Europa ones too. If I get a chance tomorrow I'll pop by and see if I can get some registrations.
 

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I flew Brum-Belfast shortly before COVID on a Flybe Dash-8 I have to say I really enjoyed my flights there and back.
 

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