Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group Inc, is the largest operator of the Bombardier Q400 in North America. Horizon Air operates regional flights for Alaska Airlines. Horizon Air does not operate any other aircraft, making the Q400 the only plane in their fleet. This makes Horizon Air a one manufacturer operator, just like Alaska Airlines and their Boeing 737 aircraft. In the past Horizon used to fly the CRJ700 for Alaska, however they phased out and transferred CRJ700 service to SkyWest Airlines. Horizon Air was also previously a Bombardier Q200 (Dash-8-200 / DHC-8-200) operator, however the aircraft was phased out in favor of the larger Q400. Horizon Air used to operate the Q400 in their own livery (featured below), however Alaska Airlines decided it wanted a one brand image and changed their livery to a version of the Alaska livery with that says Alaska Horizon on the side. An image of the Q400 in this new livery is featured below. There are 51 plus Bombardier Q400s in Horizon Air's fleet, with more on order.
Overview of the Q400 Turboprop that Horizon Air Flies
The Q400 that Horizon operates is a regional turboprop that is known for its speed, quietness and efficiency. The airplane is built by Bombardier in Canada and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A engines. The plane entered into commercial service at the end of 1999. Horizon Air / Alaska is the largest operator of the Q400 aircraft in North America and has been a main customer of Bombardier's aircraft. The Bombardier Q400 can seat up to 86 passengers, though Alaska Airlines has chosen to go with a 76 seat configuration. To learn more about the Q400 turboprop visit the other pages that cover areas of the turboprop aircraft.
Above Alaska Horizon Q400 Photo originaly by Aero Icarus on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons, modified by FlyRadius.
Where Horizon Air / Alaska Airlines Flies The Q400 Aircraft
Alaska Airlines has the Q400 mostly flying from it's hubs in Seattle, Washington (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport FAA: SEA, ICAO: KSEA), Portland, Oregon (Portland International Airport FAA: PDX, ICAO: KPDX) and Anchorage, Alaska (Anchorage International Airport FAA: ANC, ICAO: PANC). They fly the Q400 from their hubs mostly to smaller markets like Fresno, CA, Medford, OR, Fairbanks, AK, Spokane, WA and more. Also Portland - Seattle flights are another important operation for the Q400 at Horizon.
Above Horizon Air Q400 Photo originaly by Kentaro Iemoto on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons Orginal Photo was released under a Creative Commons License. Photo has been modified by FlyRadius.
Horizon Air / Alaska Airlines Bombardier Q400 Seat Map / Seating Plan / Seat Chart
The Bombardier Q400 at Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air has 76 seats in a one class, "coach", configuration. The seats are configured in a 2 by 2 arrangement. Seat pitch is around 30 inches for the seats. There is one lavatory / bathroom in the turboprop that is located at the front of the aircraft. Below is a seat map / seating chart of the Alaska Q400.
The University Livery Alaska Horizon Air Bombardier Q400
Horizon Air is also flying many Q400s in a special University color scheme. There are 11 total University Alaska Airlines O400 turboprops. Below is a list of the 11 Universities that are represented on the Q400:
- University of Alaska Anchorage
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Boise State University
- Montana State University
- Oregon State University
- San Diego State University
- University of Idaho
- University of Montana
- University of Oregon
- University of Washington
- Washington State University
Above University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Horizon Q400 photo by Alan Wilson on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons. Photo (only) released under a Creative Commons License. Modified by FlyRadius.