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.
The six largest network airlines in the U.S. reported a combined operating loss margin of 5.8 percent in the third quarter of 2008, marking the fourth consecutive quarterly loss margin since the group posted a profit in the third quarter of last year, the DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported yesterday in a release of preliminary data.
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.
George Bagley, president and CEO of Horizon Air since 1995, has accepted the position of executive vice president of operations at Alaska Airlines, leaving the top post at Horizon to the airline’s former v-p of customer services, Jeff Pinneo. Bagley, 56, will report directly to Alaska Airlines president William Ayer, who recently became CEO as part of Alaska Air Group’s recent “comprehensive executive succession plan.”
Horizon Airlines will shed its 20 Bombardier CRJ700s as part of a strategy to transition to a uniform fleet of between 48 and 53 Bombardier Q400 turboprops, Horizon CEO Jeff Pinneo told attendees at last month’s RAA convention in Indianapolis.
A pair of long-awaited pilot contracts finally reached the ratification stage when Appleton, Wis.-based United Express affiliate Air Wisconsin and Alaska Airlines subsidiary Horizon Air each closed collective-bargaining negotiations with their respective pilot unions.
The Alaska Air Group and members of the Bruce Kennedy Memorial Fund announced last month that the two organizations have raised more than $870,000 toward the purchase of a Quest Kodiak, to be donated to Asas de Socorro (Wings of Mercy), a Brazilian aviation organization whose members fly to remote areas of the country’s jungles to provide care to isolated communities.
Rockwell Collins has upgraded the operating software for the Airshow Network news and information service. The new network protocol, Version P4, improves Airshow Network’s overall connectivity and works over the AirCell onboard telephone network.
Frontier Airlines’ new regional subsidiary, Lynx Aviation, will not start service as scheduled on October 1 due to its failure to meet minimum FAA airworthiness standards.
Technical difficulties continued to dog regional airplanes built by a financially resurgent Bombardier last month, as no fewer than 85 Q400 turboprops sat idle while operators performed emergency inspections on their main landing gear.