Sunday, 11 August 2019

SkyWest announces new flying agreements with Delta Air Lines

SkyWest, confirmed this week an agreement with Delta Air Lines to operate six used E175

aircraft under a multi-year contract scheduled to begin in early 2020. The aircraft are financed by Delta and to be sourced from a regional operator transitioning out of Delta Connection. 

SkyWest has also agreed to purchase and operate seven new E175 aircraft for Delta instead of
SkyWest operating seven new CRJ900 aircraft that were to be financed by Delta and scheduled
for delivery in 2020. The seven E175 aircraft have delivery dates scheduled from late 2019 to

Under Delta’s initiative to reduce the number of Delta Connection operators, SkyWest
anticipates becoming one of just three carriers under the Delta Connection portfolio and Delta’s
primary regional operator in several western U.S cities by mid-2020, including Los Angeles, Salt
Lake City and Seattle.

Commenting on the agreements, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of
SkyWest, said “We are pleased to further strengthen our Delta partnership with the addition of
these dual-class aircraft. We believe the placement of these aircraft in Western hubs will help us
continue to enhance our overall efficiency and product.”  Separately, SkyWest cancelled its previously announced order for three new E175 aircraft scheduled for service with Alaska Airlines in 2021. 

SkyWest Airlines has a fleet of nearly 500 aircraft connecting millions of passengers each
month to over 250 destinations and provides commercial air service in cities throughout North America with nearly 2,500 daily flights. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines to carry more than 38 million passengers annually.

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