WHAT: Horizon Air will re-enact its first flight on Sept. 1, 1981, from Seattle to Yakima, to mark 25 years of service. A Bombardier Q400 aircraft sporting a special 25th anniversary paint scheme will be used for this flight. An advance glimpse of this eye-catching, one-of-a-kind aircraft can be obtained by visiting the Image Gallery page of the Horizon Air Newsroom: http://newsroom.horizonair.com. Passengers on the flight will include Horizon Air CEO Jeff Pinneo; Alaska Air Group CEO Bill Ayer; Horizon Air founders Milt Kuolt, Bruce McCaw, and Joe Clark; and some of Horizon's longest-term employees. Upon the aircraft's arrival, a celebration will be held in the airport terminal, open to the public.
WHERE: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Gate B-3 and the aircraft-arrivals ramp and terminal area of the Yakima International Airport.
1:15 p.m. -- Passengers will begin gathering at Sea-Tac Gate B-3 for boarding their 1:55 p.m. flight to Yakima.
2:35 p.m. -- The aircraft arrives in Yakima, passing beneath a water arch provided by the Yakima Fire Department. From the time the aircraft arrives until 4 p.m., the aircraft will remain accessible to those wishing to take photos or video.
2:45 p.m. -- Interviews with founders will be available in the terminal or by the plane. Food will be served buffet style in the terminal. A mariachi band will provide musical background.
3:45 p.m. -- A short presentation will take place in the terminal. Speakers will include Yakima Airport Assistant Manager Jerry Kilpatrick, Yakima Mayor Pro Tem Neil McClure, Bombardier Vice President Trung Ngo, Horizon CEO Jeff Pinneo, Alaska Air Group CEO Bill Ayer, and Horizon founder Milt Kuolt.
4:15 p.m. -- A special 25th anniversary cake will be cut and served.
5:40 p.m. -- The aircraft leaves for Seattle.
RSVP: Media representatives planning to cover the departure from Sea-Tac should contact Dan Russo at 206-431-4513. For the arrival and anniversary events in Yakima, contact Jerry Kilpatrick or Kris Yalovich at the Yakima Airport, 509-575-6149.
ACCESS: In Yakima, media representatives will be escorted to the area of the ramp reserved for best coverage of the aircraft's arrival.
Dan Russo, 206-431-4513
Yakima Air Terminal
Jerry Kilpatrick or Kris Yalovich, 509-575-6149
Source: Horizon Air
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1940 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4014 times:
Thats neat....I actually have an actual phoptograph of the very first flight sent to me back in the 80s by Milton Kuolt. It was operated with Fairchild F-27, N272PH....Too bad that aircraft isnt still around or they might have been able to use it..LOL
N272PH became N272RD with Airlift International and was subsequently written off as a result of a hurricane going thru Miami and damaging their whole fleet of F-27s.
NDSchu777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 419 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3925 times:
Happy 25th Anniversary Horizon!
I have a couple of co-workers that have been around Horizon for a while who have the honor of being on that flight. KarlB737, thanks for the link. I love the picture they have of 425QX flying over Mount Rainier!
Well I am REALLY happy to see this, and it's wonderful
to see that QX has hit this 25 year milestone.
I am sure that they will be around for many years to come,
providing the amazing service they are known for.
Congratulations Horizon Air!
Has anyone seen the videos about the history of QX?
They are on Alaskasworld.com
They're pretty interesting. There are also videos of N425QX,
the special livery plane being painted and it's unveiling.
The day after I watched the videos I saw N425QX fly right
over my house. It was a cool and somewhat freaky coincidence.
I'm going to be a pilot for QX, and if I am able to accomplish
that, it will be an honour to represent an airline that
"treats costumers better than any other airline."