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Air Cascadia
Air Cascadia
Founded 2009; 1980 (Horizon Air)
Commenced operations 1 Jan. 2010; 1 Sept. 1981
Hubs Seattle-Tacoma International
Portland International Airport
Kenmore Air Harbor
Frequent flyer program Pacifica Blue
Member lounge Board Room
Fleet size 81
Destinations ~75
Parent company Pan-Pacifican Airways
Company slogan Wings of the Great Northwest
Headquarters Seattle-Tacoma International
Key people James Senigal (CA)

Paula Hammond (MOT)
Jeff Pinneo (CEO)


Air Cascadia is a regional airline based in Sea-Tac, Pacifica. It is the eighth largest regional airline in the former United States, serving an international community in the Pacific Northwest. Air Cascadia, formerly Horizon Air, is owned by Pan-Pacifican Airways (formerly Alaska Airlines) and serves as its sister carrier for regional services. As Horizon Air, a codeshare partnership was developed with America Airlines but has since been canceled following the United States-led Pacifican War. It is a codeshare partner of Delta Air Lines.


Beginnings; Independent Airline[]

Horizon Air was formed in May 1981 by Milt Kuolt, and began operation on 1 September 1981 with three Fairchild F-27 aircraft. The airline was formed as a merger of Horizon Airlines and Air Oregon. Its headquarters are located in Sea-Tac, Pacifica.

Horizon Air's first route was from Yakima to Seattle and Pasco to Seattle. The general offices of Horizon Air were operated out of an old house behind Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. By 1983 the airline was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars. To develop a solution, Horizon agreed to purchase Transwestern Airlines of Utah in an attempt to reduce the operating deficit of the airline. A single Fokker F28 was the first jet owned by the airline, purchased from a carrier in Africa in July 1984, however previously they had been leasing a Douglas DC-9.

1984 saw Horizon's first profitable year as the company went public, which was needed to keep it afloat. On 8 September 1985, Horizon signed an agreement with de Haviland Canada to being purchasing the airline's first brand of new aircraft: the de Haviland Dash 8. In the summer of that year, Horizon entered into its first codeshare agreement with United Airlines, which attracted the attention of Alaska Airlines who, a year later, purchased Horizon.

After the Purchase by Alaska Airlines[]

After the purchase by Alaska Airlines, Horizon signed a codeshare agreement with Northwest Airlines in 1988 and began operating internationally a year later with service to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

In the mid-1990s, Horizon became the launch customer for the Dornier 328 turboprop}}, intending to replace its aging fleet of Fairchild Metroliners as the Dornier promised jetliner speed and comfort. They were quickly phased out however in 1997 in favor of fleet standardization around the Dash-8.

In Spring 2007, Horizon launched service from Los Angeles and Seattle to Santa Rosa, California to take advantage of the burgeoning wine and tourism industry. The routes proved so popular that in the Fall of that year, Horizon began non-stop service to Santa Rosa from Portland, Oregon and expanded Los Angeles to Santa Rosa.

Along with its parent company, Alaska Airlines, the company was renamed Air Cascadia, ironically similar to one of its main competitors during the 1980s. During the duration of the Pacifican War, it grounded most of its flights with the exception of President Ray Matveyev's regional turboprop. In June 2009, it acquired local airline Kenmore Air for local service.


Air Cascadia operates to 47 regional and international locations as well as 30 other locations using Kenmore Air's seaplanes. Bold designate hubs.

Country City Airport
Pacifican Republic Sea-Tac
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Kenmore Air Harbor
Seattle Parish International Airport
Canada Calgary
Great Falls
Calgary International Airport
Edmonton International Airport
Kelowna International Airport
Vancouver International Airport
Victoria International Airport
Billings Logan International Airport
Gallatin Field Airport
Great Falls International Airport
Helena Regional Airport
Glacier Park International Airport
Missoula International Airport
California Republic Flagstaff
Los Angeles
Mammoth Lakes
Palm Springs
San Francisco
San Jose
Santa Barbara
Santa Rosa
Las Vegas
Reno/Lake Tahoe
Walla Walla
Pulliam Airport
Ernest A. Love Field
Bob Hope Airport
Arcata-Eureka Airport
Fresno Yosemite International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
Mammoth-Yosemite Airport
Oakland International Airport
Ontario International Airport
Palm Springs International Airport
Redding Municipal Airport
Sacramento International Airport
San Francisco International Airport
San Jose International Airport
Santa Barbara Airport
Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport
McCarren International Airport
Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Mahlon Sweet Airport
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport
Eastern Oregon Regional Airport
Portland International Airport
Roberts Field Redmond Municipal Airport
Bellingham International Airport
Tri-Cities Airport
Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport
Spokane International Airport
Walla Walla Regional Airport
Pangborn Memorial Airport
Yakima Air Terminal
Rockies Commonwealth Boise
Idaho Falls
Boise Airport
Idaho Falls Regional Airport
Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport
Mexico Loreto Loreto International Airport


Air Cascadia operates 80 regular aircraft and two outfitted for the President of the Democratic Republic of the Pacific: one jet (CRJ700) and one turboprop (Cessna Grand Caravan) in use for regional flights.

Aircraft Total (Orders) Passengers (All economy)
Bombardier Q400 37 (11) 74
Bombardier CRJ700 18 70 (one presidential)
Cessna 180 2 5
de Haviland DHC-2 Beaver 8 6
de Haviland DHC-2 Turbo Beaver 2 8
de Haviland DHC-3 Otter 6 10
Piper PA-18 Super Cub 2 3 (trainers)
Cessna C-208-B Grand Caravan 4 12


Since 1991, Starbucks coffee has been served in-flight on all planes, and is brewed at the terminal and served in thermos containers. It has also gained a reputation of supporting local businesses, and as such has earned a special contract to fly all business flights for the Common Workers' Party. Air Cascadia has been known to serve local Northwest beer and wine, as well as other beverages, such as Jones Soda.
Unlike its parent, Pan-Pacifican Airways, Air Cascadia has no plan to install in-flight entertainment systems.