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OCTOBER 19, 2005 - 15:00 ET Horizon Air Signs for 12 Bombardier Q400 Airliners TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2005) -

Contract Converts Seven Existing CRJ700 Orders; Adds Five Additional Q400 Firm Orders.

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Seattle, Washington-based Horizon Air has signed a contract to acquire 12 Q400 turboprop airliners. The transaction includes the conversion to Q400 aircraft of seven firm orders currently held by Horizon Air for the CRJ700 regional jet, plus five incremental orders for the Q400 turboprop.

The revised contract is valued at approximately $294 million US at list price. Deliveries of the Q400 aircraft from this order are scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of 2006. Delivery of the one remaining CRJ700 from Horizon Air's previous order is scheduled for the first quarter of 2006.

Horizon Air currently operates 18 Q400 aircraft. The airline also operates 19 CRJ700 jets, of which nine are flying as Frontier JetExpress on behalf of Frontier Airlines.

"The Bombardier Q400 provides a fast, quiet and comfortable travel experience for our customers, while delivering optimal fuel efficiency and low operating costs," said Jeff Pinneo, President and CEO, Horizon Air.

"More and more, airlines are recognizing the unique qualities of the Q400 turboprop," said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "No other regional aircraft can offer its combination of jet-like speed, passenger comfort and fuel economy. The Q400 aircraft is in a class of its own."
 

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That should help with the long upgrade times at Horizon. And, both of those plane types are really nice. Will they be replacing any of the Q200s? Will the CR7s go to the Frontier side?


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Great, more broken mega-whackers. Why don't we just keep the RJs on order because we substitue them for broken whackers anyways. Does anyone know what kind of delivery schedule they are on?
 

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These new markets opportunities, do we have any competition there? I'm assuming we are going to expand out of LA finally after all of the rumors. And if so I assume it will be against RJs. Has the flying public gotten over their "fears" of props yet. I just don't see Mr. and Mrs. Smith getting on a 400 instead of a jet. But we do have free beer and wine with Starbucks, so I guess only time will tell.
 

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Sioux115 said:
But we do have free beer and wine .
Speaking of free beer and wine. I know Alaska started serving Alaskan Amber; does anyone know if Horizon is doing the same?
 

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JAC2LAS said:
Speaking of free beer and wine. I know Alaska started serving Alaskan Amber; does anyone know if Horizon is doing the same?
October's beer is Hale's Ales O'Brien's Harvest Ale.
 

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JAC2LAS said:
Speaking of free beer and wine. I know Alaska started serving Alaskan Amber; does anyone know if Horizon is doing the same?
Alaskan Amber is five bucks a bottle on Alaska.
 

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It would be nice to know how many Q200 we are parking in the process, I would not get too excited about expansion just yet. Looks like all the fun will start just as soon as the contract expires.
 

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It would be nice to know how many Q200 we are parking in the process
I'll wager all of 'em eventually. But for now, this news is really only a planned net increase of 4 airframes (not including the potential Chinese -400's?), once the -200 replacements are netted out, according to the Q&A.
 

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dispatcher121 said:
They don't need to serve an Alaskan beer. They serve better! The finest local beers and wines from the PNW....it doesn't get any better. :beer:
Awww come on...better than Alaskan? Like there's a such thing. But I guess if everyone drank Alaskan I'd run out....so keep on drinkin' the other stuff.
 

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Singlecoil said:
Alaskan Amber is five bucks a bottle on Alaska.
It would be a bargan at twice the price :)
 

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I wonder how long it will take for the 200's to go away? Do they retrain guys on the 400 if 200's go away?
 

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When I used to commute to BOI, I enjoyed Horizon High (when they didn't cancel) because of the free booze. MMMM Booozzzeee
 

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My understanding is it's a net growth of 4 aircraft spread out over 2 years.
 
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My understanding is it's a net growth of 4 aircraft spread out over 2 years.
Now that is some serious growth!!!!:puke:The excitement is making me sick!
 

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Some of you whiny bitches will never be happy.....

There's still no guarantee that they'll be able to get rid of the 200's. This deal isn't a specific trade of aircraft. Bombardier will assist in getting rid of them but it's a possibility that we might be stuck with them for good.
 

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turbodriver said:
Some of you whiny bitches will never be happy.....
Coming from about the whiniest of the Flightinfo.com QX bitches, that's pretty funny. :D
 

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Coming from about the whiniest of the Flightinfo.com QX bitches, that's pretty funny. :D
Piss off wannabe.

Go back to your flight sim.
 

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Sioux115 said:
Has the flying public gotten over their "fears" of props yet. I just don't see Mr. and Mrs. Smith getting on a 400 instead of a jet. But we do have free beer and wine with Starbucks, so I guess only time will tell.
It's fun to watch the expressions of people as they come down the jetway in Reno or LAX, where they stare right into the cockpit. You can see them mouth the words, "IT'S A PROP PLANE!" 99% of the time getting off they say it was the best flight ever (lots o free beer) Plus if the airplane has a broken ANVS system, you never have to stir your coffee!

If/when the chinese megawhackers show up I'd be willing to bet a pot of Starbucks that they yank the engines off of em while they do the mods. So that should help. I wonder how the commute to LAX will be?
 

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Do they care?

Sioux115 said:
And if so I assume it will be against RJs. Has the flying public gotten over their "fears" of props yet. I just don't see Mr. and Mrs. Smith getting on a 400 instead of a jet. But we do have free beer and wine with Starbucks, so I guess only time will tell.
Do the flying sheeple really care? Q400 Gear Bitch said it right when he said that they notice when they walk down the jetway to the plane. The only thing the flying public cares about is who is at the top of the list when they click "Cheapest Fare" on Travelocity.

Plus, if you think about it, the free beer thing is ingenious! Get them buzzed so that the props actually lull them to sleep. :beer:
 
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