Continental Flies ATR into DCA


#1

During one of my rooftop breaks at work, I noticed an ATR with Continental livery approaching DCA. I haven’t seen a prop plane flying into DCA in several years. …a sign of the times I guess.


#2

I’m thinkin you saw a Q400. CO got rid of the ATR in 04ish?


#3

Continental Connection does not operate ATR’s.

It was likely a Colgan Air Dash 8-Q400 operated for Continental Connection.

Piedmont (US Airways Express) also operates Dash 8’s to DCA.


#4

Yep! I imagine Y’all are probably right. The Q400 does appear quite similar to the ATR. I never knew there was anything out there that looked like an ATR. :blush:


#5

Ever heard of QX?


#6

We’re just showing how much of dorks we are by knowing it and correcting it, so no need to be :blush: :wink:


#7

Well, the Q400 gives you the same block times as a regional jet (crj-200), with half the fuel consumption and 20 more seats. Sounds like a good compromise to me.


#8

The major difference is the cockpit area. It’s quite easily to tell a Q400 from an ATR72 because the former has a much steeper front than the latter.

The difference between the Q400 and the ATR42 is even more pronounced. Not only is the cockpit different but the Q400 is much longer.


#9

Watched one taxi by tonight when our aircraft was blocking…honestly took a double take even after reading this thread.


#10

Our Dash-8’s don’t automatically generate times, so I call em when I see em. Continental just started flying the Q-400’s into BWI and one was due in the same time as our Dash. I almost called the wrong flight on the ground, because unless you see them together the size difference isn’t obvious and the livery is very similar. We call the Q-400 the “stretch dash”.


#11

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#12

Yeah, Air Canada can fool us too, but the first Q-400 I got in had me doing a double take. I work at night and the commuter runway is just barely visible from the tower, so I have to listen to ground or catch a view of them in a light to be sure. Our gates are the closest to the runway, so I try to call them quick.