Horizon Air ( Alaska Horizon well in the outer appearance ) is an American regional airline based in SeaTac and a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines.
The airline was founded in 1981 and began flight operations with three Fairchild F-27 with the short distance from Seattle to Yakima. The route network and fleet were constantly expanded in the following years.
After purchasing the Air Oregon and Transwestern Airlines was 1984, the initial public offering. In 1985 the main competitor, the Cascade Airlines, bankrupt. Horizon jumped into the gap and extended its network to the entire Pacific Northwest.
1986 Alaska Airlines purchased the airline for $ 68 million Horizon but retained its autonomy. The route network was coordinated with the Alaska Airlines. By competing with the low cost airline Southwest Airlines began in 2001 with the fleet renewal. The fleet was renewed by Bombardier CRJ 700 and Dash 8. In 2007, Horizon Air received the award for the best regional airline in the world by the magazine Air Transport World. The Bombardier CRJ700 left the fleet in 2010 and were replaced by more Dash 8Q -400.
On 25 January 2011 Alaska Airlines announced that the Horizon Air brand is set. Although the separate division within the Alaska Air Group is maintained, the aircraft flying in the future under the name of Alaska and Horizon are repainted accordingly. Also, the website and the advertising will be changed to the name of Alaska Horizon.
Horizon Air serves 52 destinations in North America. Some flights have been offered from the Denver airport in cooperation with Frontier Airlines as Frontier JetExpress. The collaboration ended in 2008. Hubs are located in Seattle and Portland.
As of July 2013, the fleet of Horizon Air consists of 48 aircraft:
- 48 Bombardier Dash 8Q -400 ( the largest operator of this type)
- 03 Bombardier Dash 8Q -400 NextGen