Regional carrier Horizon Air Industries brings together the earth and sky in more than 45 cities in the western US, Canada, and Mexico. A subsidiary of Alaska Air Group since 1986, Horizon does much of its flying from airports in Boise, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; Seattle; and Spokane, Washington. The carrier operates a fleet of approximately 60 aircraft, including about 40 turboprops and 20 regional jets. Horizon provides connecting service under its own brand for sister company Alaska Airlines; the carriers share several code-sharing partners, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and KLM. (Such partnerships allow airlines to sell tickets on one another's flights and thus extend their networks.)
High fuel prices and the slowing economy have hurt the airline industry as a whole. Regional carriers like Horizon also compete for short haul business with the growing ground transportation market -- trains, buses, and cars. In response, Horizon is focusing on increasing passenger and cargo revenue (which slipped in 2009) by building up its passenger mileage program and expanding its seasonal service to new destinations. It is also implementing a number of measures to make its operations more efficient.
Horizon plans to phase out its regional jets and smaller turboprops in favor of operating more fuel-efficient aircraft. The move is part of Alaska Air's goal of reducing flight capacity, or fuel burn in terms of available seat miles flown per gallon, which also satisfies federal legislation requiring reduced carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, the carrier is shifting to an all Bombardier Q400 fleet. Each aircraft seats about 75 passengers.
Horizon Air's Jeff Pinneo retired in mid-2010 after an eight-year stint as the company's president and CEO. Alaska Air's former CFO Glenn Johnson succeeds Pinneo.
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