traditionally the big jets fly at the beginning and end of each season when large amounts of passengers and cargo get flown in and out. The 130s fly in between. In any year if you are going down in November, you stand a good chance of coming down on a 130. If you fly a 130, the first thing you want to do after takeoff is be the first person to climb up on the bags of luggage . Claim the spot and stretch out and sleep. Way nicer than the jump seats. The windows are nicer. Bring a gps with a map and follow your route across the ice.
Take joy in the flight! Take interest in the time and distance covered, the change of latitude, climate and ecosystem. Take pride in the fact that YOU are going, a privilege that few obtain. Take comfort in the knowledge that the early explorers took weeks to travel the same distance. Take a deep breath when you pass the PSR (point of safe return). And take noise-canceling headphones.
Thanks. Sciencetech, I understand your point (and you are right) but after several trips on 130’s I got to take C-17 (in Nov) in 2006 coming and going and just loved it. The 130 isn’t torture but I’d far rather have the 5 hour flight and side seats of the C-17.