Category Archives: Alaska Horizon

Alaska Airlines announces daily nonstop service to El Paso, Texas

Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N635QX (msn 17000731) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943663.

Alaska Airlines announced today it will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and El Paso International Airport, along with daily nonstop service between El Paso and San Diego International Airport. El Paso is a new destination for Alaska.

 

The new service is scheduled to begin February 19, 2019, offering the only nonstop flights from Seattle/Tacoma and San Diego to El Paso.

Alaska has considered El Paso as a new destination for some time. It’s currently the largest underserved market from Seattle/Tacoma within the range of our Embraer 175 jets. That aircraft – with three cabin classes – is a perfect fit for this route, which will be flown by Horizon Air.

El Paso will become Alaska’s third destination to Texas served from San Diego, joining Austin and Dallas Love Field.

El Paso will become the 91st nonstop destination available from Alaska’s main hub in Seattle/Tacoma this spring.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N635QX (msn 17000731) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943663.

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Horizon Air Q400 (N449QX) is stolen by an employee at SEA and crashed in Pierce County, WA

Horizon Air Q400 (N449QX) is stolen by an employee at SEA and crashed in Pierce County, WA on August 10, 2018

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air issued this statement:

A STATEMENT FROM ALASKA AIR GROUP CEO BRAD TILDEN AND HORIZON AIR CEO GARY BECK

Brad Tilden: “There was an incident late yesterday involving the unauthorized operation of one of our aircraft that took off from Sea-Tac around 8 p.m.

“We are still gathering facts, but at this point we understand there was only one person aboard, an employee of Horizon Air, who was operating the aircraft. I want to share how incredibly sad all of us at Alaska are about this incident. Our heart is heavy for the family and friends of the person involved.

“We’re working to find out everything we possibly can about what happened, working with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Transportation Safety Board. We are giving those investigators our full support and cooperation.

“With these investigations underway, our focus will remain on supporting the family of the individual involved, the broader Alaska and Horizon family, and our communities and guests.

Brad Tilden

CEO, Alaska Air Group


Gary Beck: “I want to echo what Brad said about how incredibly sad all of us are about what happened last night.

“Our first priority is always the safety and care of our people and guests. Our hearts are with all of our employees at Horizon Air, and the larger Alaska Airlines community, and the family of the individual involved.

“The Horizon Air Q400, which was taken from Sea-Tac International Airport, was not scheduled to fly at the time of the incident. While we have not yet confirmed the identity of the employee, we have confirmed that all crew and passengers are accounted for. Air Traffic Control was in contact with the individual during the brief flight before it crashed on Ketron Island about an hour after it left Sea-Tac. No ground structures were involved in the crash.

“We are working closely with the authorities and our own safety teams to thoroughly understand this incident.

“I want to thank the employees of Horizon Air and our guests. Our primary objective is to do everything possible to support all of you.”

Gary Beck, President and CEO, Horizon Air

Update: 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2018
View today’s press conference with our CEO, Brad Tilden, Horizon Air CEO, Gary Beck, the FBI and the Port of Seattle.

  • All of us at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are saddened by last night’s unauthorized flight of a Horizon Q400 aircraft that resulted in the loss of life of the individual involved.
  • Our top priority is the safety of our guests and employees. Simply put there is nothing more important to us.
  • We are working closely with the FBI, the NTSB and the FAA to better understand the circumstances of this unauthorized flight. The FBI is the lead investigator for this incident.
  • Yesterday’s events will push us to learn what we can from this tragedy so that we can help prevent it from happening again at our airline or any other.

Update: 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2018
A toll-free hotline has been established for anyone who believes they may know the person involved in the Horizon Air incident. The number is 1-888-283-2153.

Update: 11:54 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2018
Alaska Airlines believes a ground service agent employed by Horizon Air was the individual responsible for flying the Horizon Q400 without clearance from Sea-Tac International Airport around 8 p.m. tonight.

The plane, which was taken from a maintenance position and was not scheduled for passenger flight, crashed about an hour later in a wooded area on Ketron Island in rural Pierce County. No ground structures were involved at the crash site.

Military jets were scrambled from Portland, but it does not appear that these jets were involved in the crash of the Horizon aircraft.

This individual who took the aircraft, who has not yet been positively identified until remains are examined, is believed to have been the only person on the plane when the plane was taken from a maintenance position at Sea-Tac.

First responders are at the crash site. Appropriate government agencies, including NTSB, FAA and FBI, have been notified.

Update: 10:55 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2018
A brief statement from Constance von Muehlen of Horizon Air regarding tonight’s incident:

“Good evening, I’m Constance von Muehlen, Horizon Air chief operating officer. I’m sorry to share with you this evening that at approximately 8 p.m., one of our Q400 airplanes made an unauthorized takeoff from Sea-Tac Airport. We believe it was taken by a single Horizon Air employee and that no other passengers or crew were onboard. Shortly thereafter, it crashed on Ketron Island by South Tacoma. Our hearts are with the families of the individual aboard as well as all of our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Update: 10 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2018 
Alaska Airlines has confirmed that a Horizon Airlines Q400 that had an unauthorized takeoff from Sea-Tac International Airport around 8 p.m. has gone down near Ketron Island in Pierce County.
Alaska is working to confirm who was on board, but it is believed that there were no passengers or crew on board other than the person operating the plane. NTSB has been notified.

Original post: 9:32 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2018
We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.

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Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N449QX (msn 4410) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928195.

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Alaska unveils 13 daily departures to 8 destinations from Everett Paine Field

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940625.

Alaska Airlines, the Seattle-area’s hometown airline, announced today new daily nonstop service from Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington. When commercial service begins at the airport in the fall, Alaska will offer 13 nonstop departures to eight cities every day with premium service and low fares, further working to become the go-to airline for anyone living on the West Coast.

 

Alaska’s all-jet service will connect Paine Field to Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Phoenix; Portland; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, California. Flight frequencies for each destination along with departure and arrival times will be announced later in 2018, subject to government approval.

With Alaska’s new service from Paine Field, those looking to catch a flight north of Seattle and all around the North Sound (home to more than 1 million people) will have a new travel option closer to home. That’ll mean less driving to go farther south, saving time and fuel.

All Paine Field services will be operated by Horizon Air (below).

Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N622QX (msn 17000651) SEA (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940650.

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N622QX (msn 17000651) SEA (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940650.

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Flights from Paine Field will offer three classes of service: first class, premium class and main cabin. Guests will enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity, more than 200 free movies and TV shows that can be streamed on personal devices and free texting while onboard.

Propeller Airports and Snohomish County are currently building the new, state-of-the-art terminal at Paine Field. It’s set to open in fall 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Alaska Airlines): Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940625.

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Horizon Air to resume Embraer 175 deliveries in March 2018 as the pilot shortage lessens

Delivered on April 27, 2017

Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) is planning to resume Embraer 175 deliveries again in March 2018 according to Seattle Times. Deliveries were halted this past summer by outgoing CEO Dave Campbell due to a pilot shortage that has eased up. SkyWest Airlines filled the void for Alaska Airlines with their Embraer 175s.

The new Embraer 175s will gradually replace the Bombardier Q400 turboprops.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N622QX (msn 17000651) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938965.

Horizon Air to discontinue operations in Alaska in March

Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N443QX (msn 4353) (UAA Seawolves - University of Alaska Anchorage) ANC (Ken Petersen). Image: 928190.

Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) has announced it will end its operations in Alaska on March 10, 2017. The company operates three Q400s in support of Alaska Airlines in Alaska. Crews will be offered positions in the Lower 48.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N443QX (msn 4353) (UAA Seawolves – University of Alaska Anchorage) ANC (Ken Petersen). Image: 928190.