- Founded in 1981, Horizon Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Air Group with headquarters and training facilities in Seattle and Portland.
- Horizon Air operates 30 E175 and 32 Q400 76-seat aircraft for Alaska Airlines. There are options for up to 30 more E175s.
- New hire pilots choose the airframe they want to fly.
- As of December 2019, all Q400 new hire pilots receive a $20,000 bonus, $15,000 upon completion of Initial Operating Experience (IOE) and $5,000 18 months after date of hire. For Q400 pilots with 500 hours or more of qualifying Part 121 time, an additional $5,000 experience bonus is available upon completion of IOE for a total bonus of $25,000.
- All E175 new hire pilots receive a $10,000 bonus, $5,000 upon completion of IOE and $5,000 18 months after date of hire. For E175 pilots with 500 hours or more of qualifying Part 121 time, an additional $5,000 experience bonus is available upon completion of IOE for a total bonus of $15,000.
- Rotor Transition Program. Horizon provides up to $25,000 in flight training assistance for military or civilian rotor wing pilots. Upon completion of ATP/R-ATP minimums, receive a class date with Horizon and a $15,000 sign-on bonus.
- Pilot Development Program. Private pilots receive a $7,500 stipend, have opportunities to develop skills through mentoring from a professional pilot, and be included in special events. Upon completion of ATP/R-ATP minimums, receive a class date with Horizon Air.
- Part 135 Pathways. Pilots flying for a Horizon partner Part 135 operator will have the opportunity to interview with Horizon while you’re still accumulating the required hours for your ATP certification.
- Horizon Air covers the cost of the ATP-CTP course for candidates needing to complete the exam prior to training.
- Alaska Airlines Pathways Program. Alaska Airlines targets to hire 30-50% of its new hires from Horizon, in 2019 the actual number was 40%. In the past 3 years, Alaska Airlines has hired over 200 Horizon Air pilots.
- E175 crew bases in Seattle (SEA), Portland (PDX), and Paine Field (PAE). Q400 crew bases in Seattle (SEA), Portland (PDX), Spokane (GEG), Boise (BOI), and Medford (MFR).
- Horizon Air is the first E175 operator to achieve CAT III autoland operations. E175 RNP approach capability has also been achieved.
- Free unlimited travel on Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air on a stand-by basis. Fee-based and restricted stand-by travel on other airlines, discounted full-price fares on Alaska and Horizon
- IATA: QX, IACO: QXE
- ATC callsign: "Horizon Air"
- This page last updated: December 11th, 2019 (Quicktake and Hiring)
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2 Classes per month per aircraft scheduled through 2020
Pilots with 1,000 hrs PT 121 experience are given the opportunity to upgrade after hiring
New hire bonus ($25,000 for Q400 pilots, $15,000 for E175 pilots) Click here for more information
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Horizon Air PAYSCALES
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- Industry-leading Performance Based Pay (PBP) and Operational Performance Rewards (OPR) programs
- Minimum guarantee is 70 hours for lineholders and 75 hours for reserve
- Traning pay is 16 hours per week until completion of IOE
- 12 bids a year
- Most junior captain hired:
- SEA E175 June 11, 2018
- SEA Q400 September 17, 2018
- PDX E175 April 3, 2015
- PDX Q400 September 17, 2018
- PAE E175 April 2, 2018
- GEG Q400 January 22, 2018
- BOI Q400 September 18, 2017
- MFR Q400 August 20, 2018
401K: $1 for $1 up to 6%
401K Matching: Yes
A/B Fund: none