Review: Alaska Airlines Q400, Vancouver – Seattle

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The Alaska Airlines Bombardier Q400 make up the backbone of their Horizon Air Fleet. While it’s never too exciting to fly on a propeller plane, it is often a necessary and required experience in order to get to your destination. Today’s Alaska Airlines Q400 flight would have us shuttling from Vancouver to Seattle on a very short hop of less than one hour.


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Review: Alaska Airlines, Q400, Vancouver – Seattle

We departed the Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Transborder and headed down to the gate at about T-40. Today’s flight was leaving from the prop wing at YVR. We passed by the abysmal looking Euro Café. It’s so funny as no self suspecting European would likely be caught dead here.

Navigating Towards the Vancouver International Airport Satellite Wing

In keeping with the Alaska tradition of boarding flights early, the flight was already boarding Group A by the time we arrived.

Alaska Airlines
AS 2269 – Economy Class (W)
YVR-SEA (Vancouver International Airport – Seattle Tacoma International Airport)
Aug 31, 2018
09:45 AM – 10:47 AM
Booked: Q400
Flown: Q400 
A Long Industrial Boarding Tube
Alaska Horizon Q400 Aircraft

I have a recycled photograph of the seat here. It was standard Q400 seating which isn’t all to exciting. There was no beverage or other service was offered on our 26 minute flight. At least the scenery was decent. It was over before we knew it.

Alaska Q400 Seating

Food and Beverage:

There is no food and beverage served on this flight due to it’s short duration. It’s often less than 30 minutes in the air which precludes the crews from serving all passengers. This is pretty standard for carriers that fly this particular route, even for those that operate a First Class Cabin.

Arriving to Seattle:

We disembarked at gate C 2 and were in the terminal before we knew it. We would head on to connect to our Icelandair Saga Business Class Seattle – Reykjavik flight that would lead us onto Europe.

The Bottom Line:

Alaska Airlines Bombardier Q400 aircraft isn’t a super exciting experience. In our case, it was a necessary flight in order to get to a much better one.


If you have flown Alaska Airlines Horizon, do you enjoy the quirky Q400 aircraft?

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