Alaska Airlines to debut B737-800(BCF) ops in late 3Q23

Alaska Air Group hands over Q400 for hydrogen conversion

24.05.2023 – 20:04 UTC

Alaska Air Group has delivered to ZeroAvia (Hollister) the first DHC-8-Q400 to be used as a testbed and certification platform for hydrogen propulsion.

N441QX (msn 4348) was retired by Horizon Air (QX, Seattle Tacoma International) in August 2021 and has since been parked at Sault Sainte Marie, ON, Portland International, Victorville, and Centralia. It was ferried back to Everett on March 13, 2023, and officially presented as ZeroAvia’s testbed aircraft on May 1, 2023. It remains owned by Horizon Air and sports a hybrid ZeroAvia/Alaska Airlines livery.

Alaska Air Group was an early investor in ZeroAvia, backing the hydrogen-propulsion start-up in 2021. The holding secured options to acquire up to 50 conversion kits following certification of the new type of propulsion. The first hydrogen-powered engines are expected to enter into service in 2027, with the first test flight scheduled for 2024.

The ZA2000 hydrogen propulsion system for Q400-gauge aircraft marks progress from the already more advanced ZA600 system, which ZeroAvia is trialling…

Alaska Airlines accelerates A321neo phase-out to late 3Q23

25.04.2023 – 16:45 UTC

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma International) has accelerated the phase-out of its ten A321-200N, inherited from Virgin America, and plans to retire them by the start of the final quarter of 2023, Chief Financial Officer Shane Tackett said during a quarterly earnings call.

“September 2023 will be the final month we operate the Airbus fleet. At this point, we will retire the last ten A321neo from what was at one point a 72-aircraft fleet. This cements our future as a single-fleet operator by 2024. And as a result of this acceleration, we expect to incur approximately USD300 million to USD350 million in special fleet transition charges through the end of the year,” he said.

The carrier’s A321-200Ns are currently 5.1 years old on average and were all ordered by Virgin America prior to its acquisition by Alaska Air Group, although six were delivered directly to Alaska Airlines post-merger, according to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module. The A321neo were previously scheduled to leave the fleet by the end of 2023….

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