Alaska to make decision on operating Q400s on intra-Alaska flights by year-end

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Alaska Air Group is evaluating placing two-to-three Bombardier Q400 turboprops on flights within Alaska.

Speaking to ATI during the 36th annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference company chief executive Bill Ayer explained intra-Alaska routes under consideration for the Q400 are markets where they would be a better match with capacity than the Boeing 737s currently serving those routes.

If Alaska ultimately decides to place Q400s in Alaska, the aircraft would prominently feature the Alaska Air logo after the company last month stated it was phasing out the brand of affiliate carrier Horizon. The company should make a firm decision about the Q400 deployment by year-end.