SEATTLE, September 12 /CNW/ - Today, in response to a Transport Canada
airworthiness directive (AD), Horizon Air initiated the inspection of the
landing gear of its Bombardier Aerospace Q400 turboprops. To allow sufficient
time for the inspection process and the reaccommodation of customers whose
travels are being affected, Horizon announced it will be making additional
flight cancellations through Friday.
The AD was produced in the wake of two landing gear failure incidents
involving SAS-affiliated airlines in Europe. Horizon, which has operated the
Canadian-manufactured Q400 since 2001 and now has 33 in its fleet, has never
experienced any issues like those SAS recently encountered.
Horizon today canceled 120 flights out of its daily average of 500.
Horizon is canceling 127 flights on Thursday, and those will appear in central
reservations systems by 5:30 p.m. today. By Friday, the airline expects to
begin the restoration of normal operations as inspected aircraft are brought
back online. Horizon is asking its customers flying on those days to check on
the status of their flights via www.horizonair.com or by calling the
reservations center at 800-547-9308.
Through Friday, customers on affected Horizon flights are being offered
refunds, being allowed to cancel at no charge, or are being reaccommodated
without any change fee.
Aircraft will be returned to service and Horizon flights will be
reinstated as the inspections are completed successfully.
Horizon currently operates the Q400 in 74- and 76-seat configurations.
Horizon operates two other aircraft types in its all-Bombardier fleet, neither
of which is subject to these inspections: 70-seat CRJ-700 regional jets and
37-seat Q200 turboprops.
Horizon serves 48 cities throughout California, Colorado, Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and British Columbia and Alberta.
Together, Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines serve 92 cities and are subsidiaries
of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK).
For further information:
For further information: Horizon Air Dan Russo, 206-431-4513 or
Bombardier Aerospace Bert Cruickshank, +1-416-375-3030