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Horizon's new plane stops in Medford

Touching down on new turf, Horizon Air's new 70-seat Dash 8 Q400 turboprop landed briefly in Medford on Tuesday with passengers from Portland.

New to Horizon's fleet, the plane was temporarily substituted for the airline's regular aircraft.

The Dash turboprop is the second of 15 that Seattle-based Horizon expects to buy from Bombardier Aerospace by the end of the year. The total purchase amounts to $321 million.

The Dash 8 Q400 will replace the airline's smaller and less-efficient 37-seat Dash 8 Q100 aircraft, which will be taken out of service.

The new turboprops will fly routes from Seattle, Portland, Spokane and Boise, providing a smoother, quieter ride than the smaller planes, said Cheryl Temple, Horizon public affairs manager. Medford will not be on the new planes? regular route schedule.

It's really quiet inside and out, so it's much nicer for communities where the planes are taking off, Temple said.

Horizon also will soon begin receiving 14 new Canadair regional jets to complement what Temple called one of the youngest fleets in the country. The jets will serve Horizon's long-haul routes, including Eugene to Los Angeles and Seattle to Boise.

Horizon's new plane stops in Medford