Horizon Settles On Q400 Deferrals
Horizon Air has negotiated a deferral of Q400 deliveries with Bombardier to re-time the shipments to coincide with the removal of the Seattle-based regional’s CRJ700 fleet. Horizon announced last year that it planned to sell its 70-seat jets, but as of last month it continued to fly 18 of them and had managed to sell just two to an operator outside the U.S. Horizon flew 35 Q400s by the end of last year and had planned to take another 13 airplanes this year. The new schedule called for the delivery of two Q400s last month, just three more by the end of the year and the remaining eight in 2010 and 2011. Also still in possession of five Q200s by the end of last year, Horizon until last month continued to use some of those 37-seat turboprops for provisional lift in the event of weather and maintenance emergencies.