Any new prop planes for AC Express?

Old Apr 30, 18, 5:52 pm
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Any new prop planes for AC Express?

I vaguely recall that the Dash-8 100/200s are going to be retired. I don't know how old the Beechcraft 1900D's are but there are plenty of reports here of cancelled flights. Does anyone know if there are new smallish prop planes available or in development for AC Express carriers to use in the 20-50 seat market? Or are they more likely to move everything to Q400's with reduced frequency?
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Old Apr 30, 18, 5:58 pm
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AC has not announced any intentions to replace the B1900Ds, even though the AC Express branding has been removed. I imagine they are quite satisfied with EVAS and GGNs operating costs and won’t change anything.

Cessna did unveil the new skycourier which seats 19 people and will be a direct competitor to the aging Beechcrafts. Whether AC and their partners will express interests who knows.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by smallmj View Post
I vaguely recall that the Dash-8 100/200s are going to be retired.
I vaguely recall Jazz flying 100s and 300s
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The Dash 8-300s are about to start through the life extension program, and are slated to be in the fleet till the end of the current CPA in 2025. The Dash 8-100s are being slowly phased out as the planes reach their cycle limit,, last one slated to leave in 2020.
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There are no appropriate new generation aircraft in the 18- or 37-seat categories. 50-seat ATR-42s are still being made, but this is a 30 year old design. The next advancement in the low capacity segment will probably be electric/hybrid electric but nothing is close to market yet.
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Old May 1, 18, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by drgmobile View Post
There are no appropriate new generation aircraft in the 18- or 37-seat categories. 50-seat ATR-42s are still being made, but this is a 30 year old design. The next advancement in the low capacity segment will probably be electric/hybrid electric but nothing is close to market yet.
Viking does have some new 19 seats on the market. However they may be a bit on the expensive side vrs flying these older birds.
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Old May 1, 18, 3:56 pm
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Originally Posted by AC681 View Post
The Dash 8-300s are about to start through the life extension program, and are slated to be in the fleet till the end of the current CPA in 2025. The Dash 8-100s are being slowly phased out as the planes reach their cycle limit,, last one slated to leave in 2020.
Looking at May schedule, 4 of 6 weekday flights ex YSB on AC are Dash 100s.
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