PARIS: Horizon Air converts three Q400s to firm orders

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Horizon Air exercised three Bombardier Q400 options at the Paris air show today.

The turboprops will boost the Seattle-based regional carrier's Q400 fleet to 51 once deliveries conclude in the fourth quarter. Horizon has also reconfirmed seven options for the aircraft.

The deal is valued at $98 million.

"We love the single fleet type," says Glenn Johnson, the airline's president. "I absolutely believe in it for the Q400 at Horizon Air."

The Alaska Air subsidiary will use the aircraft for its planned flights in the state of Alaska, where it will operate shuttle services between Anchorage and Fairbanks as well as taking over its parent's route from Anchorage to Kodiak.

The Horizon order brings the Q400 order book to 471 aircraft, says Bombardier.