Alaska Airlines announces routes, schedule for new partner

Alaska Airlines announces routes, schedule for new partner

Alaska Airlines today announced that SkyWest Airlines will begin flying six West Coast routes currently operated by Horizon Air, starting May 14. The Utah-based carrier will fly the routes using five 70-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jets it is acquiring from Horizon.

Alaska’s partnership with SkyWest for CRJ-700 flying enables Horizon to fly the Bombardier Q400 turboprop exclusively.

“While it is technically feasible for the Q400 to operate on all routes now served by CRJ-700s, it would result in longer flight times,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Air Group’s vice president of planning and revenue management. “For example, it can take up to 35 minutes longer for a Q400 to fly from Seattle to Southern California, which is longer than we’d like. Most of these routes were formerly served with Alaska Air Group jets, and the CRJ-700 jet has proven to be a better fit in these markets.”