A while back Alaska Airlines decided to use its subsidiary Horizon Air to provide most of the service between its Anchorage hub and Fairbanks Alaska. I wrote about this decision when it was made and notice that they are preparing to introduce this change in the near future.
The Q400 was insulted by Fairbanks, to be honest. It was regarded as a big insult to the city of Fairbanks who failed to recognize that those 30% savings were needed on routes between the two cities. Let’s be clear: air fares between these two cities are highly competitive yielding as little as about $130 per seat. A Q400 makes it possible for Alaska Airlines to better serve the route.
As they are introducing the aircraft to the city, I thought it might be interesting to offer a few links to photographs of the cabin of the aircraft just so people could see just what citizens of Alaska are getting.
One other item of note: Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air’s biggest competition on this route comes from Era Alaska. Era Alaska uses the Q400′s father, the Dash-8-100 on that same route.