(Update: Clarifying that Q400 won’t be totally absent in slide, but by January)
REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The era of turboprop planes flying in and out of Redmond Municipal Airport finishes above the up coming a number of months, as component of Alaska Airlines’ changeover to all jets, in RDM’s circumstance largely the 76-seat Embraer E175.
Alaska Airways introduced not long ago it will retire all of its Bombardier Q400 turboprops by upcoming January, moving to Boeing jets and through its regional functions, this kind of as Horizon Air, the Embraer E175, which has a a few-class configuration (the turboprops are single-course) and also present Wi-Fi.
“That’ll be the end of our props,” Airport Director Zachary Bass claimed Monday of the improve.
Bass explained the E175s have the same number of seats as the turboprops they are replacing but “it’s a ton extra comfy plane … they form of truly feel like a little (Boeing) 737,” another plane Alaska/Horizon has flown in and out of Redmond in the previous and will carry back for flights once each day this fall.
He also mentioned that RDM is the only E175 servicing foundation outside of Portland, a person gain to changing the Q400s in Redmond with these jets.
Commencing in October, Bass and the airline stated, a person of the six each day flights to Seattle will be a Boeing 737 and there will be considerably fewer Q400s till the changeover concludes in January.
Bass explained about fifty percent the Seattle flights have been the turboprop of late, but starting in October, fewer than 10% will be (less than a single flight a working day), then they will be absent program-extensive by the close of January.