Alaska Airlines Keeps Q400 Turboprops as Focus Shifts to Pacific Northwest
The Q400 Aircraft Is Now Made by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada
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August 8, 2019 - by Edward Russell for thepointsguy.com
Note: The Q400 Aircraft Is Now Made by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada
Alaska Airlines regional subsidiary Horizon Air will bring back several De Havilland Canada Dash 8 turboprops this year, and delay the retirement of others, among a renewed focus on Pacific Northwest flying.
The Seattle-based carrier will return two previously-removed Dash 8-400s to service by the end of 2019 under its revised fleet plan, a second-quarter financial statement shows. The company will end the year with 33 of the aircraft in service.
In addition, Horizon will slow the retirement of Dash 8s in 2020 by removing just one aircraft during the year. The airline's previous plans called for the retirement of eight aircraft next year.
The changes to Alaska's Dash 8 plans come amid other fleet changes. The carrier has shifted its first three Boeing 737 MAX deliveries to 2020 from 2019, and cancelled a commitment for three Embraer 175s due in 2021 with SkyWest Airlines.
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