Horizon To Speed Retirements

 - July 29, 2008, 12:21 PM

Horizon Air will ground all 12 of its remaining Bombardier Q200 turboprops by October 28 and begin retiring its CRJ700 regional jets next month under a plan to accelerate its transition to a uniform fleet of Q400 turboprops. Horizon now expects to remove all its 70-seat CRJ700s and add 14 more 76-seat Q400s by the end of next year in an effort to ease the sting of soaring fuel prices. Earlier plans called for the Q200 retirements to extend into April and the CRJ700 retirements well into 2010.