Alaska Air Group orders three Q400 NextGens

Victoria
By Victoria June 18, 2013 10:18

Alaska Air Group orders three Q400 NextGens

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 US.

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 Horizon Air President Glenn Johnson. “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 aircraft.

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.

Victoria
By Victoria June 18, 2013 10:18
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