Horizon Air Making Progress on Q400 Inspections

    SEATTLE, September 13 /CNW/ - Horizon Air continues to make progress on
the landing gear inspections of its Bombardier Aerospace Q400 turboprops. The
unplanned inspections are in response to a Transport Canada airworthiness
directive (AD) issued Wednesday afternoon.

    By the end of today, Horizon anticipates that nearly half of the Q400s in
its fleet--16 of 33 aircraft--will have been inspected, as per Transport
Canada and Bombardier specifications, and returned to service.

    To allow sufficient time for the inspections and the re-accommodation of
customers whose travels are being affected, Horizon has canceled a number of
flights through Friday. Of its daily average of 500 flights, Horizon canceled
154 flights on Thursday and 121 for Friday. Some cancellations are also
expected over the weekend; schedule adjustments for Saturday will be in
central reservations systems by 3 p.m. (Pacific time) Friday.

    Horizon is asking its customers flying during this period to check on the
status of their flights via www.horizonair.com or by calling the reservations
center at 800-547-9308. Through Saturday, customers on affected Horizon
flights are being offered refunds, being allowed to cancel at no charge, or
are being re-accommodated without any change fee.

    Aircraft will be returned to service and Horizon flights will be
reinstated as the inspections are completed successfully.

    Transport Canada's 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, has never experienced
any issues like those SAS recently encountered. 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

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