People often ask me what my favorite type of plane is to fly on. I have flown in some military planes, so those were definitely my favorites. 🙂 If I restrict it to commercial flights, however, it is not the type of plane that most people imagine.
Flying In One Of My Favorite Planes
I can qualify this by saying that this is one of my favorite planes (I have a couple favorites) so that people do not think this is the favorite!
It is not the Airbus A380 (which I really love flying on) that surprises people, in fact most people assume that would be the favorite I am talking about.
But the one the usually surprises people is that I really like flying on the Beechcraft 1900D. That’s right – one of the smallest planes in commercial aviation!
My first time flying on this was a number of years ago on a Continental flight from Albany, NY to Rochester, NY. I thought it was a really cool plane then and continue to think so now. I look forward to flights that are Rochester to Toronto (or reverse) because I know that is the plane I will get to fly on.
The plane itself is quite small. It has 9 rows and seating for 18 people. In my many times flying on them, I have never seen the plane close to full. In fact, there are times that they will actually use people’s carry-on luggage (that was gate checked) to put in the back seats for convenience and space.
The plane has a range of over 900 miles and a cruising speed of over 300 mph. It can be quite noisy on board but it is really quite an interesting ride!
For one thing, there is no flight attendant on board. The safety briefing is given by the co-pilot and there is no in-flight service. In addition, there is no bathroom!
So, what makes this one of my favorite planes? It is the fact that I like airplanes and this plane has no door to the cockpit! My favorite seat is 1A which puts me in a great position to look into the cockpit. Not only can I see the cockpit but it gives me a great view out of the front window. It is really interesting to be able to catch that view on landing!
My kids got to experience this plane a couple of weeks ago and they really like it as well. Sure, it is a noisy, annoying type of plane but the small size and unique views (unique to commercial planes) are a nice touch and make it one of my favorite planes!
Have you flown on this plane? What did you think?