New Horizon Q400 order includes trade-in deal

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Horizon Air has no plans to grow its fleet despite ordering two new Bombardier Q400 turboprops, the Alaska Airlines subsidiary confirmed to Flightglobal Pro.

Horizon, a Seattle-based regional carrier, will trade-in two of its oldest Q400s for the NextGen model of the 70- to 80-seat turboprop, which features a new interior, Alaska said.

Bombardier plans to deliver the first Q400 in April and the second in June, Alaska added. Horizon will then return two older Q400s during the fourth quarter.

The carrier's fleet of Q400s will remain stable at 48 aircraft. Horizon has recently phased out a fleet of 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets in favour of an all Q400 fleet.

Horizon began operating Q400s 11 years ago.

The carrier's order for two new Q400s was revealed on 15 February. Bombardier also revealed that Ethiopian Airlines has purchased five aircraft the previous week.

The seven Q400 orders so far this year already exceeds last year's total for the type, which including a single order by Luxair in August for four aircraft.