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Alaska Airways’ Horizon Air Unveils Gorgeous Embraer E175 Retrojet

On November 18, Embraer delivered to Horizon Air, the regional subsidiary of Alaska Airways, its first new Embraer ERJ-175 (E175) since 2019. That is to proceed the renewal of Horizon Air’s fleet and produce it nearer to changing into a single sort operator .


The livery encompasses a broad band of cheatlines, going from deep burgundy to orange. It is paying homage to the coat worn by the very first Horizon Air airplane – a Fokker 27 – when the airline launched again in 1981. It additionally options the round dawn element seen on the tail of that very first airplane. Eager eyes can also discover a nod to Horizon’s heritage within the registration quantity too – it ends in MK.

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That is uncommon, as a result of all Horizon’s different airplanes observe the format N***QX. The MK is a nod to the founding father of Horizon Air, Milt Kuolt, a person thought of a pioneer within the Pacific Northwest aviation trade. Milt sadly handed away in Might 2008.

Picture: Alaska Airways


An vital supply

Easy Flying spoke to Horizon Air President, Joe Sprague, concerning the supply of this airplane. He instructed us,

“This is a crucial supply for Horizon. It’s the first new E175 that Horizon has obtained since 2019. Much more vital is that it’s the first E175 supply since our announcement earlier this yr that we’ll be retiring the Q400 turboprop and transitioning to a single fleet of E175s.”

Sprague additional famous that Horizon is coming to the tip of probably the most difficult years in historical past for regional aviation. The airline has been working its method by means of issues with lowered flying resulting from a scarcity of pilots, whereas concurrently coping with the largest fleet transition within the airline’s historical past. He added,

“The resilient crew at Horizon has executed properly regardless of these adjustments. We’re main the regional trade in completion price yr thus far and have produced robust on time efficiency and visitor satisfaction.”

“This degree of efficiency is a part of Horizon’s proud legacy, similar to the retro livery on our new jet.”

The transition to turboprop-free operations

Since beginning with the Fokker F27 in 1981, there have been regional jets within the airline’s fleet, however there have at all times been turboprops too. Quickly, that period will come to an finish, because the airline transitions to an all-jet fleet, with the DHC Sprint-8s set to be phased out.

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Picture: Joe Kunzler | Easy Flying

Horizon Air is making the transition to an Embraer ERJ-175LR fleet. The plane cruise at 495 mph (797 km/h) and might cruise as much as 41,000 toes or 12,497 meters. Not like the plane they exchange, the ERJ-175LRs include WiFi and three-class seating versus single-class seating.

Sprague added that this supply is extra-significant as a result of truth it demonstrates that, even because the Q400s exit the fleet, the airline is continuous to rebuild. Most not too long ago, Farnborough Airshow noticed Alaska Airways add an order for eight agency and 13 choices for the E175, all of which can go to Horizon. Sprague added,

“Celebrating our previous with an airplane that may lead us into the long run appeared becoming.”

Winding down of Sprint-8-400 operations continues

The winding down of de Haviland of Canada Sprint-8-400 service with Horizon Air is ongoing, with virtually half of the airline’s fleet now both in storage or divested. Just lately, a Sprint-8-400 was donated to Portland Group Faculty (PCC) to coach future aviation engineers. The Sprint was the final Alaska Airways plane flying within the “Icicles” livery created in 1991 and beginning to be retired in 2016.

The E175 isn’t Horizon’s first retrojet. There was a Sprint-8-400 in Horizon Air retro livery flying round known as the “meatball” with the registry N421QX, which additionally sports activities the outdated 1981 livery. However with this to be retired from the fleet imminently, the Embraer shall be standing as much as take its place as a reminder of the place this profitable regional airline got here from.

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  • TECH-SHARK_EXTERIOR_004

    Embraer

    Inventory Code:
    erj

    Date Based:
    1969-08-19

    CEO:
    Francisco Gomes Neto

    Headquarters Location:
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Key Product Strains:
    Embraer 170, Embraer 175, Embraer 190, Embraer 195, Embraer 175-E2, Embraer 190-E2, Embraer 195-E2

    Enterprise Kind:
    Planemaker

  • Alaska 737-800

    alaskan airways

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    AS/ASA

    Airline Kind:
    Full Service Service

    Hub(s):
    Anchorage Worldwide Airport, Los Angeles Worldwide Airport, Portland Worldwide Airport, San Francisco Worldwide Airport, Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport

    Yr Based:
    1932

    Alliance:
    oneworld

    CEO:
    Ben Minicucci

    Nation:
    United States

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