Posted on: 23 January 2015 by Mark Howells
Alaska Air Group has purchased two Bombardier Q400 aircraft which are to be operated by its regional subsidiary, Horizon Air, the new aircraft representing conversion of two of seven previously-held options into firm orders.
“As we grow our operations, we continue to rely on the Q400 aircraft's versatility, speed and comfort to provide a satisfying experience for our customers,” stated Horizon Air’s president and COO, David Campbell. “In 2014, Horizon Air ventured into the Alaskan frontier, successfully launching the Q400 NextGen aircraft on new routes between Anchorage and Fairbanks, and Anchorage and Kodiak.”
The two new Q400s will mean Horizon Air has a fleet on 54 of the type, reinforcing the airline's standing as the largest operator of Q400 turboprops worldwide.
In 2014, Bombardier and Horizon Air signed a five-year heavy maintenance agreement, meaning Bombardier will perform heavy maintenance tasks for the airline's fleet of Q400 aircraft at its service centre in Tuscon, Arizona.