Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CommutAir to Operate Q300

CommutAir to Operate Q300: "

Five Bombardier Q300s will be joining Continental/United’s regional fleet this year….this according to an investor update from United-Continental Holdings. Current schedules indicate that the aircraft will be operated by regional carrier CommutAir, which currently operates sixteen Q200s for Continental.

According to data from, all five of the aircraft last operated with Austrian Airlines subdidiary Tyrolean Airways. One of the first , formerly OE-LTP, was pictured in Innsbruck with Austrian titles removed, aircraft and has now been registered as N837CA.

Continental’s current timetable indicates that Q300 flights will start operating next month on routes out of Cleveland such as Columbus, Grand Rapids, and Indianapolis. Forward schedules show that the aircraft will begin operating on further Cleveland routes later this year and will also operate some Newark flights to destinations including Albany, Philadelphia, and Rochester.

Seat maps from show that CommutAir will be operating the (non-existent) widebody version of the Q300, but assuming 12 rows of 2×2 seating, the aircraft will seat 48 passengers.

One wonders how a Q300 looks compared to an ERJ-145 in this fuel price environment.


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