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Have not flown in one, but stood next to one in QF colours back in June 05 at Le Borget at the Paris Airshow. It certainly looks strange being as long and thin as it is. Its not going to difficult to tell which are the -300 and -400 models 8) .
I have a few photos of the -400 in QF colours from Paris, but the photo album part of AFF has not been working for uploads for many months now, so I can't put them up.
It may be the 26th and not 23rd, i was posting after a long day of travel and a few Tigers had affected my memory!
As for the aircraft looking long and thin, you are not wrong, there was a 200 and a 300 available for comparison on the apron and it was amazing the difference. Wonder if there is any inflight audio/video facilities.
From what I've read on other tech forums, the Q400 is sometimes referred to as the "stretch Metro". Still development going on with sound/harmonics deadening with some salesman weasel words about engine synchro on the Q400 website.
I do regular sojourns on the Crash-8 throughout QLD and don't have a problem. Great to partake on this aircraft (and great crew) as I can suss out my program areas from the air during the voyage, instead of looking at the cloud base from a 738 etc.
Looking forward to the Rockvegas/Townsville/Cairns runs!!
"* Brisbane and Rockhampton - increasing seats by 16 per cent;
* Brisbane and Gladstone - increasing seats by 22 per cent;
* Brisbane and Emerald - increasing seats by 37 per cent;
* Rockhampton and Mackay - increasing seats by 24 per cent;
* Mackay and Townsville - increasing seats by 26 per cent; and
* Townsville and Cairns - increasing seats by 21 per cent."
"QantasLink would also operate a daily direct Q400 service between Brisbane and Canberra from April 2006"