Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today (February 25) announced that SkyWest Airlines (St. George) will begin flying six West Coast routes currently operated by Horizon Air, starting on May 14. The Utah-based carrier will fly the routes using five 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets it is acquiring from Horizon.
Alaska’s partnership with SkyWest for CRJ700 flying enables Horizon to fly the Bombardier Q400 turboprop exclusively and retire its last CRJ700s.
Summary of new roundtrip SkyWest flights operated on behalf of Alaska beginning May 14, 2011:
|Seattle to:||Daily roundtrips|
|Long Beach, Calif.||2/4**|
|Santa Barbara, Calif.||1|
|Portland to:||Daily roundtrips|
*SkyWest will operate one daily flight to rotate the regional jets through its maintenance base in Fresno. Horizon Air will continue to offer one daily flight in this market, as well as a daily flight between Portland and Fresno.
**SkyWest will operate two flights per day starting May 14, and increase service to four flights a day beginning June 16, 2011.
*** SkyWest will operate one daily flight to position aircraft for maintenance. Horizon will continue to operate the Seattle-Portland shuttle with 22 roundtrips a day.
A complete schedule of SkyWest operated flights is available atwww.alaskasworld.com/Newsroom/ASnews/ASstories/sw_sked_2-25-11.pdf.
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Copyright Photo: James Helbock. A CRJ200 in the house colors. Please click on the photo for full details.