Horizon Air Prepares for Landing Gear Inspections, Following Manufacturer's Recommendation to Q400 Operators

    SEATTLE, September 12 /CNW/ - Responding to Bombardier Aerospace's
recommendations following two Q400 landing gear failure incidents in Europe,
Horizon Air is canceling a number of flights beginning today in order to allow
for prompt inspections to take place.

    Once inspection specifications for Q400 operators are received, Horizon
will initiate its checks of certain Q400s. The inspections are purely
precautionary, and limited to those Q400s with higher flight hours. Horizon,
which has operated the Canadian-manufactured aircraft since 2001, has not
experienced any Q400 issues like those the SAS-affiliated aircraft recently

    "We realize--and greatly regret--that this proactive measure will result
in inconvenience to many of our customers, as flights are canceled to allow
for these unplanned inspections," said Jeff Pinneo, Horizon president and CEO.
"Safety is, of course, our foremost consideration. Our teams are working
around the clock, in conjunction with Bombardier, to complete the necessary
inspections and return the affected aircraft to service as quickly as

    Flights will be reinstated once the inspections have been completed and
affected aircraft returned to service. Horizon is in the process of contacting
affected customers to reaccommodate them on other flights.

    Horizon currently operates the Q400 high-speed turboprop in 74- and
76-seat configurations. Horizon operates two other aircraft types in its
all-Bombardier fleet: 70-seat CRJ-700 regional jets and 37-seat Q200

    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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