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阿拉斯加州 Airlines Bombardier CRJ-700 (N215AG) operated by 天幕 seen at SEA.

阿拉斯加州 Airlines Bombardier CRJ-700 (N215AG) operated by 天幕 seen at SEA.Photo by 基思·德雷科特(Keith Draycott).

Not too long ago, Seattle-based 地平线 Air flew CRJ-700s for the 阿拉斯加州 Air Group. Then, 地平线 announced they would get rid of the CRJ-700s and only fly a fleet of 庞巴迪Q400s)。此后不久, 阿拉斯加州 announced they would absorbthe 地平线 brand。现在, 阿拉斯加州 Airlines 与 天幕 在其某些西海岸航线上飞行庞巴迪CRJ-700支线飞机。

The 阿拉斯加州 Air Group felt there was still a need for a 70-person regional jet to serve some of their west coast destinations, resulting in 阿拉斯加州 Airlines contracting with 天幕 to fly 22 daily CRJ-700 flights between Seattle/Portland and Burbank, Fresno, Long Beach, Ontario and Santa Barbara.

Interesting enough, 天幕 is leasing the CRJ-700s from 地平线 Air and flying them for 阿拉斯加州 under the new brand. The regional jets will sport the 阿拉斯加州 Airlines livery with a smaller “Skywest” on the fuselage. The interior will have blue leather seating, to match what you might find on an 阿拉斯加州 Air Boeing 737. However, the service will mirror what you would expect from flying on 地平线 Air (yay free beer and wine).

“阿拉斯加的目标是在其所有支线飞机的飞行中创造一致的客户体验,并提供一定水平的服务(包括啤酒和葡萄酒),以与其他提供头等舱的支线航空公司竞争,” Marianne Lindsey, 阿拉斯加州 Airlines Corporate Communications explained to 航空公司记者. “Coffee, napkins, cups, the inflight magazine, flight attendant uniforms and flight attendant announcements will match 阿拉斯加州’s. Boarding passes and a decal next to the aircraft boarding door will indicate the flights are being operated for 阿拉斯加州 by SkyWest.”

地平线 hopes to have a single fleet of Q400’s by June 1st, matching 阿拉斯加州’s single fleet of Boeing 737s. It becomes more economical for 地平线 to lease the aircraft through 天幕 since they have many more CRJs in their fleet, allowing economies of scale that 地平线 要么 阿拉斯加州 能够not match.

地平线 Air employees are trained to work with the CRJ-700, but since they will now be operated by 天幕, there will be some operational changes that have required employees to go through some re-training. “More than 2,200 employees at 阿拉斯加州, 地平线, SkyWest and our partner vendors have been trained,” Lindsey explained. “集成了40多个计算机系统,并确认了400多个过程–确保安全和合规性,以及为我们的客户提供无缝产品。”

阿拉斯加州 didn’t表示它立即计划由CRJ-700运送其他路线。“We’re continually evaluating demand in all 阿拉斯加州 markets and will ensure the aircraft type and frequency (or capacity) continue to match demand throughout the 阿拉斯加州 system,” Lindsey confirmed.

I would imagine there could be some hiccups with so many changes happening at one time for the new 阿拉斯加州, old 地平线 and the addition of 天幕. However, 阿拉斯加州 has a good track record of keeping people informed and trying to make the changes unnoticeable to their customer. Although many of us airline geeks will notice a change of aircraft type and livery, most people just want to get from point A to B as safe and cheaply as possible.

Being a Seattle native, I have mixed feelings seeing the 地平线 brand slowly going away. 阿拉斯加州 needs to be able to compete and keep themselves a strong independent airline. They have weathered many economic downturns without having to sell 要么 merge. It is a love/hate relationship and it helps that 阿拉斯加州 Air’庞巴迪Q400和CRJ-700的涂装看起来非常好。

有趣的事情:
* Schedule of the 天幕 CRJ-700s
* Photo of CRJ-700 in 地平线 livery (N601QX现在为N215AG)
* 前亚特兰大CRJ-700在亚特兰大被捕 (N604QX)
* Photo of 阿拉斯加州 livery on CRJ-700 in flight (N215AG)
* CRJ在地面AS制服中的另一张照片 (N215AG)

图片作者  基思·德雷科特(Keith Draycott) 通过 Flickr

The 阿拉斯加州 Airlines livery on a Bombardier Q400 (N441QX) seen in Portland this week.

The 阿拉斯加州 Airlines livery on a Bombardier Q400 (N441QX) seen in Portland this week.Click for larger.

看到计算机在崭新的飞机上绘制出新的(看来我认为是较旧的)号衣而不是在肉体上看到它的图纸是一回事。 罗素山, a photographer based in Portland, was lucky enough to catch the first Bombardier Q400 with the new 阿拉斯加州 Airlines livery. Although the plane was spotted in Portland, it was painted by Associated Painters in Spokane, WA.

Not too long ago, 阿拉斯加州 Air Group announced that the 地平线 livery would be replaced by the 阿拉斯加州 livery on the 地平线 Air Q400’s. However, the 地平线 brand of service (aka free beer and wine on the plane) will stay. This is only the third aircraft type (Boeing 737 and MD-80 being the others) to see this 阿拉斯加州 Airlines livery.

除了“Horizon”看起来有些奇怪,我真的很喜欢Q400上的这种制服。我想打赌我们会看到“Horizon” after the “Alaska”在人们对变化有所了解后离开(更新:有人告诉我没有摆脱这个变化的计划“Horizon” next to the “Alaska”). It is sad to see the old 地平线 livery being retired, but at least it is being replaced by 阿拉斯加州 and not some other outside company. The plane is not assigned to any one route and you should start to see it throughout the 地平线 route system.

感谢Russell取得这张照片,并确保 查看他的第二张Q400照片 as well. You 能够 also catch more photos on 地平线 Air’s 脸书 页。

阿斯彭的Frontier Q400。在后台检查三角洲和美联航飞机。

阿斯彭的Frontier Q400。在后台检查三角洲和美联航飞机。

记得那一次 当我告诉你Frontier和Delta将退出Aspen,只留下联合航空?是的,现在只是部分正确。达美航空仍然不在那儿,但Frontier至少会停留一段时间。

在Frontier宣布将至少在整个冬季停留的同一天,United宣布将增加其他服务。

Frontier计划摆脱其Q400机队’飞往阿斯彭(Aspen)的飞机,但由于租赁问题,三架飞机仍可继续飞往边境。

这对谁有好处?可以肯定的是,Frontier的员工被告知他们从9月30日开始失业,现在一直工作到4月。这对乘客也有好处,因为竞争肯定会降低票价。可能曼联是唯一一位表现不佳的人。他们以为自己将成为镇上唯一的航空公司,并开始相应地增加航班。

资源: 阿斯彭时代 图片: Frontierflickr
我即将在西雅图登上Q400。我本该是总统风格的挥手。

我即将在西雅图登上Q400。我本该是总统风格的挥手。

我一生中多次乘飞机从西雅图到里诺。从 里诺航空 back in the day, to Southwest, to America West to 阿拉斯加州 Airlines. The flight is easy, only about 1.5hrs, enough time to take off, get a drink and snacks and start the descent. In April 2008 地平线 Air took over the route for 阿拉斯加州 and 从那时起,它们一直是最便宜的飞机。 我实际上更喜欢搭乘航班 地平线’s Q400’s versus 阿拉斯加州’波音737(或MD-80’s back in the day).

主要原因是,我喜欢在较小的飞机上飞行。它确实让乘客与飞行体验保持联系。我认为很多人不仅仅因为这个原因而喜欢在较小的飞机上飞行。与较大的飞机不同,您可以在停机坪上登机,这使您可以看到整个飞机,而不仅仅是在乘喷气式飞机登机时在门周围几英寸的地方。 Q400的内部设置在 2-2布局,因此您总会得到一个窗户或过道。我当然会去 窗户但我很高兴知道我是否愿意’t get one, I won’不要卡在中间。

Mount Rainier, just outside of Seattle, was one of many mountains you 能够 see on the Seattle to Reno flight.

Mount Rainier, just outside of Seattle, was one of many mountains you 能够 see on the Seattle to Reno flight.

在这次旅行中,我是四人一组,这使我可以在飞机上拍摄几张我的照片,甚至可以在飞行中从飞机的两面得到更好的照片。从西雅图到里诺的航班很美。从雷尼尔山到火山口湖’天晴了,您真心满意。 Q400’它的飞行高度大约为25,000英尺,相对较低,而大型飞机的机翼为30,000至40,000,机翼较高,这意味着每个人的视野都很棒。

我们所有人都在上网的前一天才检查过,而且只有随身携带的东西,所以我们没有’不必在任何Horizo​​n线中等待,只需忍受安全性。 Horizo​​n在手提和托运行李之间有一个半混合选项,称为Ala Cart。由于高架行李箱比大型飞机上的行李箱要小,因此并非所有随身行李都能容纳其中。如果您的行李无法容纳或者不想将其挂在飞机上,可以在登机时将随身行李放在购物车上。当您到达目的地时,他们会将其放在另一个购物车上。它’比不必等待行李认领更不用说,Ala购物车选项是免费的。如果您确实需要托运行李,则每包20美元,最多3袋。像他们的姊妹航空公司阿拉斯加航空公司一样,Horizo​​n还提供 20分钟托运行李保证.

美丽的里诺市区,即将降落。

美丽的里诺市区,即将降落。

谈论阿拉斯加航空公司,地平线’与他们的关系非常独特。有人认为地平线是阿拉斯加’的区域运营商,但它们的设置却大不相同。两家航空公司都有一家母公司阿拉斯加航空集团,该公司拥有和管理两家航空公司。大多数地区会飞往大型航空公司收取费用,而Horizo​​n有时会飞往阿拉斯加,但他们大多以自己的品牌飞行。 Horizo​​n拥有自己的营销部门,自己的广告和独特的服务品牌。您会看到两家航空公司共同共享一个网站,但是两个徽标都显眼地显示出来。

One thing that does make 地平线 unique is offering free, regional wines and micro-brews, ah yea…can’不要错过这个。我们的航班于上午7:40出发,但那没有’t stop us from trying out some of that free local wine and beer. I mean, come-on it was the blog right?! 地平线 is also offering 免费小吃包装 在他们从西雅图飞往波特兰的航班上,但是我还没有亲身经历过。

乘客能够从Q400的前部和后部下车,从而使其超快。员工们正在拿出Ala Cart行李袋。

乘客能够从Q400的前部和后部下车,从而使其超快。员工们正在拿出Ala Cart行李袋。

我们组中的一位乘客(我们称她为“Rita”) was a little apprehensive about flying on a smaller aircraft. I know many others out there have that same fear. However, I quickly pointed out that 地平线 Air is 非常安全 自1981年开始飞行以来,从未发生过致命事故’t had any sort of incident since 1990. That made 丽塔 feel much more comfortable and after the flight she very much loved her 地平线 experience (maybe the glass of wine she had at 8am helped too).

The 地平线 Q400’s might be a bit slower than jet airliners, but they are much more cost effective and friendly for the environment. 地平线 has 绿色贴纸 在他们的每架飞机上吹捧他们有多绿色,甚至还涂了他们的Q400之一’完全是绿色的(你看到了吗?“Shrek” as they call it 这里 要么 这里?)

I definitely get excited to fly on 地平线 and flying on the Q400’s and hope that some of you 能够 feel a bit more at ease flying in smaller planes in the future.

Check out my (ok our, thanks Ben, 丽塔 和Amy) 行程的其他图片.

更新: 我被告知有两个绿色Q400’s, nicknamed “Shrek” and “Fiona.”