Alaska Air Group Orders Three Bombardier Q400 NextGen Turboprop Airliners

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 has

signed 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.




Alaska Air Group press release