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Horizon Air Overview

Seattle, WA
1001 to 5000 employees
Alaska Airlines
1981
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Travel & Tourism
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Regional carrier Horizon Air Industries brings together the earth and sky in more than 45 cities in the western US, Canada, and Mexico. A subsidiary of Alaska Air Group since 1986, Horizon does much of its flying from airports in Boise, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; Seattle; and ... Read more

Company Updates

  • For the eighth year in a row, employees will enjoy a payout of about an additional month's pay.

    Alaska, Horizon employees get bonuses totaling $100 million

    Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees received $100 million in bonuses Friday, with $62 million going to employees in the Puget Sound area. Share story About 16,000 Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees were paid a total of $100 million in bonuses Friday, with $62 million of that going to about 7,500 employees in the Puget Sound area.

  • We turn 35 this month! Read all about our rich, proud history on this blog post by our sister airlines Alaska Airlines. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI35A

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Horizon Air – Why Work For Us?


Horizon Air Company Facts

Updated May 2015

Horizon Air was formed to satisfy the need created when, after the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, larger airlines abandoned routes within the Northwest. To fill this market niche, entrepreneur Milt Kuolt and a group of venture capitalists founded Horizon in Seattle in September 1981. Horizon brought together several dozen enthusiastic employees and a fleet consisting of two leased Fairchild F-27 turboprop aircraft to begin service between Yakima, Pasco and Seattle.

In the early 1980s, the airline grew quickly, acquiring Air Oregon and Utah-based Transwestern Airlines. In 1984, Horizon went public. By 1986, the company's proven track record attracted the attention of larger airlines. That year, Horizon was acquired by Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, Inc., a holding company that included Alaska Airlines.

On Jan. 1, 2011, Horizon shifted to a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) business model, which is the regional airline industry standard. Under this arrangement, Horizon operates and maintains its aircraft while Alaska is responsible for scheduling, marketing and pricing all flights. The change also includes the eventual rebranding of all Horizon aircraft to feature the Alaska brand.

Horizon serves 42 cities in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Baja California Sur (Mexico) and Alberta and British Columbia (Canada).

The regional airline has a general office in Seattle and a primary maintenance base in Portland, Ore., with additional maintenance facilities in Bellingham, Wash., Boise, Idaho; Seattle; Medford, Ore.; Redmond/Bend, Ore.; Eugene, Ore.; San Jose, Calif.; and Spokane, Wash.

  • Type of airline: Regional airline
  • Founded: 1981 in Seattle, Wash
  • Headquarters: Seattle
  • Corporation type: Alaska corporation
  • Ownership: Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK)
  • Chairman: Brad D. Tilden
  • President and Chief Operating Officer: David Campbell
  • Hubs: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Portland International Airport
  • Total destinations: 45
  • Number of Employees: 3,336
  • Average daily flights 2014: 359
  • Total flights 2014: 128,504
  • Total passengers enplaned 2014: 7.3 million
  • Average miles stage (route) length 2014: 285
  • Total available seat miles (ASMs) 2014: 2.8 billion
  • Total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) 2014: 2.2 billion
  • Passenger load factor 2014: 79.4%

Horizon Air History

Horizon Air was formed in response to the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. One of the results of this act was that many larger airlines abandoned routes within the Northwest. To fill this gap in the market, entrepreneur Milt Kuolt and a group of venture capitalists founded Horizon in Seattle in September 1981. Horizon brought together 36 enthusiastic employees and a fleet consisting of two leased Fairchild F-27 turboprop aircraft to begin service between Yakima, Pasco, and Seattle.

Rapid Growth

In the early 1980s, Horizon grew rapidly.

In the early 1980s, Horizon grew rapidly and in 1982, Horizon acquired Air Oregon, which had served the state of Oregon for a number of years. In 1983, Horizon acquired Utah-based Transwestern Airlines, which served the intermountain West, including Boise. Both these acquisitions expanded Horizon's system map considerably.

In early 1984, Horizon became a public company with an initial stock offering of 750,000 shares. The stock sale was an immediate success and was used to retire debt and provide funding for future aircraft acquisition.

Growth within Alaska Air Group

By 1986 the company's proven track record attracted the attention of larger airlines. In the end Horizon was acquired by Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, Inc., a holding company that includes us, Alaska Airlines. While remaining independently managed, Horizon gained the competitive advantage of connections with us, her sister carrier, and partnership in our Mileage Plan frequent flier program. Along with Alaska, Horizon also code-shares with a wide range of other airline partners.

Today, Horizon is about 4,000 employees strong and serves more than 45 cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta. The company is recognized as one of the leading regional airlines in the country and holds the highest rank of all regional airlines in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine's Readers Choice Awards list.

Horizon has a general office in Seattle, its primary maintenance base in Portland, and additional maintenance facilities in Boise, Seattle, Pasco, and Spokane.

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    I have been working at Horizon Air full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team environment with very veteran employees. Great health and flight benefits. Super flexible schedule

    Cons

    Low pay and schedules are based off of flight schedules so change every 3-4 months.

    Advice to Management

    review pay scales

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Horizon Air Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Horizon Air (Seattle, WA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Orientation precedes rounds of 1-on-1 and panel interviews. Interviews are conducted in order of check in, I was early to the interview and was interviewed early on in the half-day process. The recruiters and airline personnel made the experience a positive one and did their best to cut any stress or nervous energy. In interviews they did expect to have questions asked of them in return and it felt like not having any critical questions would have counted against the applicant. My advice is to know the company and be passionate. Share your experiences that inspired you to be part of the Alaska Air Group family.

    Interview Questions

    • Talk about a time you went above and beyond for a customer.   1 Answer
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