Review: Alaska Airlines Q400, Vancouver – Seattle
The Alaska Airlines Bombardier Q400 make up the backbone of their Horizon Air Fleet. While it’s never too exciting to fly on a propeller plane, it is often a necessary and required experience in order to get to your destination. Today’s Alaska Airlines Q400 flight would have us shuttling from Vancouver to Seattle on a very short hop of less than one hour.
This post is one chapter on our trip to Iceland, the United Kingdom and Morocco. This trip was redeemed through Alaska Mileage Plan and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: Iceland, Spain and Morocco via Iceland Air Saga Class & British Airways First Class
- Plaza Premium Lounge: Transborder Vancouver
- Alaska Airlines: Vancouver – Seattle
- American Express Centurion Lounge, Seattle Tacoma, USA
- Icelandair Saga Class: Seattle – Keflavik
- Hotel 101, A Member of Design Hotels, Reykjavik, Iceland
- City Visit: Reykjavik, Iceland – Part I
- City Visit: Reykjavik, Iceland – Part II
- The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
- The Golden Circle, Iceland
- Ion Adventure Hotel, A Member of Design Hotels, Nesjavillir, Iceland
- Nesjavillir to Dyrhólaey, Iceland
- Nesjavillir, Iceland
- Icelandair Saga Business Lounge, Keflavik, Iceland
- Icelandair Saga Class: Keflavik – Madrid
- The Westin Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- Renfe AVE: Madrid Puerta Atocha – Sevilla Santa Justa
- The Hotel Alphonso XIII, A Luxury Collection Resort, Seville, Spain
- City Visit: Seville, Spain – Part I
- City Visit: Seville, Spain – Part II
- Renfe AVE: Sevilla Santa Justa – Madrid Puerta Atocha
- AC Carlton by Marriott, Madrid, Spain
- Iberia Velazquez Premium Business Lounge, Madrid Barajas Terminal 4S, Madrid, Spain
- Iberia Business Class: Madrid – Marrakech
- The Pearl Lounge, Arrivals Hall, Marrakech Airport, Morocco
- Anayela (Riad), a Member of Design Hotels, Marrakech, Morocco
- City Visit: Marrakech, Morocco – Part I
- City Visit: Marrakech, Morocco – Part II
- Activity: Lunch at Aman Yella, Marrakech, Morrocco
- Activity: Overland Travel from Marrakech to Mhamid, Morocco
- Erg Chigaga Luxury Tented Camp, Mhamid, Morocco – Part I
- Erg Chigaga Luxury Tented Camp, Mhamid, Morocco – Part II
- Activity: Overland Travel from Mhamid to Marrakech, Morocco
- Le Meridien N’Fis, Marrakech, Morocco
- The Pearl Lounge, Departures Hall, Marrakech Airport, Morocco
- British Airways Club Europe: Marrakech – London Gatwick
- Le Meridien Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
- City Visit: London, United Kingdom
- Qantas Business Lounge, London Heathrow T3, United Kingdom
- Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow T3, United Kingdom
- British Airways First Class: London – Vancouver
Review: Alaska Airlines, Q400, Vancouver – Seattle
We departed the Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Transborder and headed down to the gate at about T-40. Today’s flight was leaving from the prop wing at YVR. We passed by the abysmal looking Euro Café. It’s so funny as no self suspecting European would likely be caught dead here.
In keeping with the Alaska tradition of boarding flights early, the flight was already boarding Group A by the time we arrived.
AS 2269 – Economy Class
YVR-SEA (Vancouver International Airport – Seattle Tacoma International Airport)
Aug 31, 2018
09:45 AM – 10:47 AM
I have a recycled photograph of the seat here. It was standard Q400 seating which isn’t all to exciting. There was no beverage or other service was offered on our 26 minute flight. At least the scenery was decent. It was over before we knew it.
Food and Beverage:
There is no food and beverage served on this flight due to it’s short duration. It’s often less than 30 minutes in the air which precludes the crews from serving all passengers. This is pretty standard for carriers that fly this particular route, even for those that operate a First Class Cabin.
Arriving to Seattle:
We disembarked at gate C 2 and were in the terminal before we knew it. We would head on to connect to our Icelandair Saga Business Class Seattle – Reykjavik flight that would lead us onto Europe.
The Bottom Line:
Alaska Airlines Bombardier Q400 aircraft isn’t a super exciting experience. In our case, it was a necessary flight in order to get to a much better one.