Alaska Air Group Orders Three Bombardier Q400 NextGen Turboprop Airliners
Horizon Air cements its standing as largest operator of Q400 turboprops
worldwide with 51 aircraft; becomes first commercial carrier to operate
the aircraft in Alaska
Paris – Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Seattle-based Horizon Air hassigned a firm contract to acquire three 76-seat Bombardier Q400 NextGen
turboprop airliners. The transaction represents the conversion of three
previously booked options on the aircraft. The airline also reconfirmed its
options on another seven Q400 NextGen aircraft.
Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the contract announced
today is valued at approximately $98 million U.S.
The three new aircraft will increase Horizon Air’s orders for Q400 and Q400
NextGen airliners to 51 aircraft – the world’s largest fleet. Including the
order announced today, Horizon Air has ordered a total of 100 Bombardier Dash
8/Q-Series aircraft since 1985.
“This aircraft order represents a significant milestone for Horizon and our
employees, who have dedicated themselves to transforming our business and
enabled us to grow,” said Glenn Johnson, Horizon Air President. “The addition
of these three Q400 NextGen aircraft will allow us to venture into the state of
Alaska, which is considered America's last frontier and is now an exciting new
frontier for Horizon."
“Our Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft remain North America’s preferred turboprop
because they provide the best combination of fuel efficiency and productivity
in their class,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“Airlines that operate these aircraft successfully deploy them in a wide range
of markets, from typical short-haul turboprop markets to longer-haul operations
where they complement, and in some cases replace, jet aircraft.
“Horizon Air has been a Bombardier customer since 1985 when it ordered its
first 10 37-seat Dash 8-100 airliners,” added Mr. Arcamone. “We are thrilled
that the airline is returning to order more Q400 aircraft - a superb testament
to the flexibility and reliability of the aircraft.”
Bombardier also announced that Transport Canada has certified the Q400 aircraft
for the advanced navigation capability of Required Navigation Performance AR
0.3 (RNP AR 0.3). The Q400 aircraft offers the most advanced navigation
capabilities in the regional airline market. Horizon Air’s Q400 aircraft are
equipped with Head-up Guidance Systems (HGS) for all weather operations; Wide
Area Augmentation Systems (WAAS) with approach guidance (LPV) for ILS-like
landing minima at remote runways; and RNP AR 0.3 to fly curved approaches to
airports in difficult terrain. The unmatched capability to land and take off at
challenging runways in unsettled weather is another benefit of the Q400
Including the order announced today, Bombardier has booked firm orders for 471
Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have
transported more than 243 million passengers and have logged over 4.2 million
flight hours and more than 4.5 million take-offs and landings. The Q400 and
Q400 NextGen aircraft program includes some 50 operators and customers in 35
countries on five continents.