Horizon Airlines Pilot Hat Badge 1st Issue
Seattle, WA 1981-Current
Horizon Air was formed in May 1981 and started operations on September 1, 1981 with three F-27s. The airline was formed as a merger of Horizon Airlines and Air Oregon 1982. Horizon acquired Air Oregon on June 17, 1982, after both airlines were losing hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly. Horizon agreed to purchase Transwestern Airlines of Utah in September 1983. Alaska Airlines purchased Horizon in 1986. In 1988 Horizon signed a codeshare agreement with Northwest Airlines. On January 25, 2011, Alaska Airlines announced that it would be retiring the Horizon Air brand. All Horizon planes are now being repainted in the trademarked eskimo Alaska livery, but the service and extras Horizon is known for stayed the same.