Alaska Air Group subsidiary Horizon Air has signed a firm order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional airliners.
Seattle-based Horizon Air is the largest operator of Bombardier Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft in the Americas, with 48 aircraft in service today.
Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen airliner, Bombardier Aerospace values the new order at approximately US$60 million.
“Shifting to an all-Q400 aircraft fleet last year was a crucial element in Horizon Air’s business plan,” says Glenn Johnson, president of Horizon Air. “That was backed by our confidence in the aircraft’s superior fuel efficiency, as well as the jet-like comfort it provides our customers in the cabin.”
“Due to their speed, passenger comfort and, importantly, economics, Horizon Air’s Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops have allowed the airline to successfully compete against low-cost carriers in its home markets,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft provide the best combination of fuel efficiency and productivity, which allows airlines to successfully deploy the aircraft in a variety of markets ranging from typical short-haul turboprop markets to longer-haul jet replacement opportunities,” adds Arcamone.
Bombardier notes the use of biofuels presents a significant opportunity to reduce aviation’s carbon footprint, and points out that Horizon Air and its sister carrier Alaska Airlines recently achieved a milestone that will help the airline industry achieve its emissions-reduction targets.
Over a few weeks in November 2011, and using a Bombardier Q400, Horizon Air conducted the first biofuel-powered, scheduled commercial flights using a turboprop. Using a fuel blend of 80 per cent of conventional jet fuel and 20 per cent of jet fuel made from used cooking oil, the flights provided passenger service between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
Including the order announced on February 15, Bombardier has booked firm orders for 420 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft, with 389 delivered as of December 31, 2011.