Horizon Air is painting three of its 76-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops with special liveries featuring the colors and marks of the University of Idaho, the University of Montana and Montana State University.
The aircraft will be painted one at a time starting in early November, in the order described above. The painting will take about 10 days per aircraft, and each aircraft will begin regular passenger service two days after donning its new colors. These Q400s were scheduled for repainting, so the new looks are being provided at no cost to the universities or any additional painting cost to Horizon Air.
Horizon has flown to the airports serving these universities for many years. The airline began service to Pullman-Moscow (near the University of Idaho) almost 29 years ago, Missoula (home to the University of Montana) 24 years ago, and Bozeman (home to Montana State University) nearly 21 years ago.
The newly painted planes will join five other university-themed aircraft launched by Horizon since early 2008 – representing Boise State University, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington and Washington State University.
“In the nearly 25 years I have been with Horizon, I can think of nothing that has generated as much excitement among our customers as our university-themed aircraft,” says Dan Russo, Horizon Air’s vice president of marketing and communications. “Now, with the University of Idaho and Montana’s largest public universities joining our fleet, we look forward to thrilling even more school fans.”
Unveiling events are planned for the following dates: University of Idaho (at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport) on November 10; University of Montana (at Missoula International Airport/Johnson-Bell Field) on November 19; and Montana State University (at Gallatin Field in Bozeman) on November 30. The airline says specific times and event information will be released when finalized.
Horizon Air serves 45 cities throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Baja California Sur (Mexico), and British Columbia and Alberta (Canada). Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines are both subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group, Inc. and together serve more than 90 cities.