Alaska Air Group’s Horizon Air regional subsidiary has ordered three new Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners to allow it to expand Horizon Air’s service to Alaska.
The order, announced Tuesday, is worth $98 million at list prices. Horizon Air, with 48 Q400 aircraft, is the largest operator of Q400 aircraft in the world. Horizon Air flies only Q400 aircraft.
The three additional planes will allow Alaska Airlines to substitute the 76-passenger turboprop planes for Boeing 737 jets on its Anchorage-Fairbanks route. Horizon flies on Alaska Airlines’ behalf connecting smaller cities and on shorter routes. Both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are owned by Alaska Air Group. Alaska Air Group is headquartered in SeaTac.
The Q400 is smaller than the 737 and more efficient on shorter routes.
The aircraft will be equipped with advanced navigation capabilities to allow the planes to operate easily in the adverse weather conditions in Alaska.
The Alaska order raises total orders for the Canadian-built Q400 aircraft to 471. The planes will be built in Toronto.