...i did, put only a 100 hours or so 9 years ago...
as you say biiiig cabin for a small price - for short trips. And don´t start compairing it with jet aircrafts, it´s a turboprop with jet engines.
+ are: cabin, cargo, nice roomy cockpit, price, APU and toilett (at a price you get a citation jet)
- are: cruise at 360-395 kt´s, max FL350, no speed brake, no reverse - but good brakes, heavy flight controls, and you are always sitting in a 8000ft cabin !
how bout a crj-200....I'm sure you could find one pretty cheap now that they are being slowly phased out of some airlines regional structure. You could yank out all the seats and go back with however many you needed and have a very spacious cabin.
I don't know the price but I'm sure that you could get a good deal on one. I flew one for three years and I never really saw anything that was a red flag as far as dispatch reliability. If you pulled out the overhead bins and the tight seats you could have 20 "very" nice seats installed and still have a lot of room. You have a 3500 lb limitation if I remember right on the cargo bin, so there would be no need for overhead bins with 20 people. It would make a nice reliable shuttle aircraft, since that is basically what it was designed for.
Can't find that company.
I dunno what to tell you, but believe me, the 2 J328s in LFT are operating under the "Western Airways" name (at least that's what their parking lot says). I don't know who owns/operates them, and Western Airways might just be a dba name, but they are definitely there; you might call Odyssey and see if they know specifically.
I don't think they are Envoys but configured as an airliner because all they do is haul oil field workers to Houston and on to somewhere in Mexico and back.