Horizon Air orders 30 Embraer E175 regional jets

Horizon Air has ordered 30 new three-class Embraer E175 jets, which will fly exclusively for Alaska Airlines, the company said.

The order, which also includes 33 options, will be delivered over three years starting next year, and is valued at USD2.8 billion at Embraer´s current list price and represents the largest order since the airline was founded in 1981.

The jets will supplement the Portland-based carrier´s fleet of Bombardier Q400 turboprops.

Embraer´s E175 will allow the carrier to fly ´long, thin routes´ — destinations that are too distant for a turboprop, but currently don´t have enough customer demand to fill a mainline jet. The E175 offers a comfortable cabin that boasts large overhead bins, ample cargo capacity, a forward and rear lavatory.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through an expansive network in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.