Alaska Airlines and its regional affiliate Horizon Air have agreed order deferrals for 737s and Q400s with Boeing and Bombardier, respectively.

Seattle-based Alaska has deferred four 737-800s from 2011 to 2012/13, in parallel with exercising four options for delivery in 2014/15. The airline has firm orders for 21 737-800s, and 40 options. Plans to take seven 737s next year have been maintained. The converted options will "fill in for aircraft retirements", says the carrier.

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Horizon Air has agreed order deferrals on eight Q400 turboprops 

Horizon Air has postponed eight Q400 turboprops due between 2009 and 2011 to 2012/13 as it sorts through its transition to a single fleet type. Seattle-based Horizon, which holds 11 firm orders and 10 options, says it sought the deferrals largely due to the challenging environment in repositioning the Bombardier CRJ700s it is culling from its fleet.

Horizon will still take three Q400s due 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.

Source: Flight International