Horizon Air To Start PDX-BUR, OAK, And ONT

Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:15 pm


Horizon and Alaska continue harmonization efforts
Sept. 25, 2003

Horizon/Alaska schedule starting Feb. 15

0640-0850 CRJ
1116-1319 M80
1951-2159 734

0920-1130 CRJ
1354-1609 M80
2051-2306 M80

0850-1101 734
1210-1420 CRJ
1739-1946 M80

0945-1202 734
1500-1715 CRJ
2016-2233 M80

0705-0846 734
1121-1304 73G
1442-1617 734
1755-1935 CRJ
2059-2240 734

0745-0920 73G
1234-1404 73G
1453-1628 734
1832-2006 734
2005-2140 CRJ

To better match capacity to demand, Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines are planning more schedule harmonization this winter.

All of the latest changes involve routes from Portland and take effect Feb. 15. Horizon will replace the three flights Alaska is removing -- to Burbank, Ontario and Oakland -- with CRJ-700 aircraft. Alaska will redeploy the aircraft time to other markets, including Seattle-Long Beach. Alaska will still offer two roundtrips per day between Portland-Burbank and Portland-Ontario, and four per day between Portland-Oakland.

The new schedule is expected to be available for sale in CRS (central reservations systems) Sept. 28.

In Portland, all customer service for these flights will be performed by Horizon, while in California the flights will be handled by Alaska customer service agents.

Previous examples of Horizon-Alaska harmonization efforts include Alaska replacing two high-load-factor Horizon flights on the Seattle-Boise route and all Horizon service from Portland to Denver. Similarly, Horizon this year replaced three of Alaska's five Portland-San Francisco flights. And Horizon swapped a Portland-Sacramento flight for an Alaska Portland-San Jose flight to better match capacity with demand on the two routes.

"So far, we're seeing positive results from these initiatives," said Bruce Tecklenburg, director of schedule planning. "For example, in Portland-San Francisco the Horizon/Alaska combination has gained market share on the same number of flights but with less capacity and at much less operating cost. And in Boise-Seattle, the Alaska flights are filling up nicely for market share gains there as well."

The mixing of Alaska and Horizon aircraft to better match capacity to demand has the potential to save some $15 million annually for Alaska Air Group.

This is good news for QX! Hope it works!

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