Airlines, normally huge users of fossil fuels and non energy-efficient equipment, are slowly transitioning towards greener planes which still get their passengers to their destinations on time. One of the best examples of this right now is probably Horizon Air, a regional airline in the Pacific Northwest which is continuing to roll into its fleet this week the more green friendly Bombardier Q400.
The 76-seater Bombardier Q400, of which Horizon is pimping out a couple in a “Comfortably Greener” livery to highlight the plane’s eco-friendly features, is said to use “30 to 40 percent less fuel and produces 30 to 40 percent less carbon emissions than comparable jet aircraft.” The airline plans by 2013 to make its entire fleet of regional jets Q400s, which are known for also producing less noise.
“At Horizon Air and its sister airline, Alaska Airlines, we’re dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment,” said Dan Russo, Horizon vice president of marketing and communications, in a statement. “One major way we’re doing that is by flying highly fuel-efficient aircraft.”