Horizon firms up Q400 deferrals with Bombardier

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US regional Horizon Air has reached an agreement with Bombardier to postpone deliveries of eight Q400 turboprops as the carrier sorts through its transition to a single fleet type.

Seattle-based Horizon has 11 firm and 10 options on order, of which the carrier was to receive eight firm Q400s between 2009 and 2011. But the carrier sought to defer deliveries largely due to the challenging environment in re-positioning the CRJ700s it is culling from its fleet, an airline spokesman previously told ATI.

Under the deferral agreement with the airframer, Horizon will now take four aircraft each in 2012 and 2013, a Bombardier spokeswoman confirms.

However, Horizon will still take delivery of three Q400s this year, ending 2009 with 40 Q400s and 18 CRJ700s.

The airline has also retained-but not exercised-its options for 10 aircraft, which have delivery positions of 2013 and 2014.

Horizon is the largest North American operator of the Q400, and the carrier's decision to defer deliveries occurs as Bombardier has started a planned Q400 production ramp-up.