Change in planes, flights planned in Alaska

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KINY) Boeing 737s will replace the Bombardier turboprop Q400 aircraft used by Horizon Air starting next March.

    Horizon Air is a component of the group, which includes Alaska Airlines.  Horizon's Anchorage base will close March 10, 2018, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported .

    Alaska Airlines Regional Vice President Marilyn Romano said on Tuesday that Horizon "has struggled to operate cost-effectively in such a remote environment with limited resources." Horizon started flying in Alaska in 2014. "Employees have been notified of the closure, and resources are available for those employees who will be impacted by this decision," Romano said. "Horizon's 51 Anchorage-based employees have provided great service to our guests and have been offered opportunities to relocate to other Horizon bases in the Lower 48."

    The Q400 was primarily used in the Anchorage-Fairbanks and Anchorage-Deadhorse routes, Romano said. The most notable change for Fairbanks residents is the jet size, she said.

    The Boeing 737 seats at least 144 people depending on the jet's size, compared to the Q400's 76 seats. The 737 also offers first-class seating.

    The change will result in cheaper costs per flight and more flights per day for Alaska Airlines.  Costs per departures will be reduced about 30 percent and flights will be increased to eight per day.


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