The Bombardier-8 started as the DHC-8, first produced by De Havilland Canada. Since Bombardier became the owner of that company, however, it is now produced as Bombardier Dash 8 and the Q series (yet you may find that airlines keep referring to them as DHC-8s). Bombardier-8s are twin-engined, medium range, turboprop airliners with typical seat configurations ranging between 37 to 70 passengers, depending on the aircraft series (100, 200, 300 or 400). The Q series, which can be any of the Dash 8 series, identifies the aircraft as "quiet", meaning that the cabin has been redesigned for noise and vibration suppression (Bombardier, 20101). (Image: DHC-8-103Q of Ryukyu Air Commuter -embedded from Wikipedia on 19 April 2010) 220px-RAC_DHC-8.jpg
Bombardier-8s have high-mounted wings, thus the view outside is not impaired by the wings structure and engines (unless eying the sky, of course). If you are flying a Q series, you may also expect a relatively quiet cabin (with little noise and vibration -Bombardier, 20101). Airlines typically operate a single class on these aircraft, thus onboard service should be similar for all passengers. Also floor space tends to be limited in front of the aisle seats, which may prove small for storing luggage and/or extending your legs comfortably. (Image: cabin of a DHC-8-102 -embedded from on 19 April 2010) 0124826.jpg

The biggest operator of Dash-8 aircraft, outside of Canada, is Air Nelson Ltd., a subsidiary of Air New Zealand.

1. BOMBARDIER (2010). Products - Q series. Retrieved from Bombardier on 19 April 2010.

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