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Delta adds another Seattle/Tacoma feeder route, adds two Bahamas routes from Atlanta this winter

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues its build-up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) (SEA) hub with new Delta Connection service. The carrier will add the SEA – Billings, Montana (CRJ700) route on December 19 per Airline Route.

The airline is also adding twice-weekly Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 service from the Atlanta hub to both Marsh Harbour and North Eleuthera on December 19.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Horizon Air at the Seattle hub, now the CRJ700 regional jet is being operated by SkyWest Airlines as a Delta Connection carrier at SEA. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N603QX (msn 10011) taxies to the runway at SeaTac.

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SkyWest Airlines orders eight additional Embraer 175s for Alaska Airlines

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Embraer S.A. and SkyWest, Inc. (SkyWest Airlines) (St. George, Utah) have announced today at the 51st International Paris Air Show, a firm order for eight E175 jets. The aircraft will be flown by SkyWest Airlines under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Alaska Airlines as Alaska SkyWest. The value of the contract, which will be included in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog, is estimated at $355 million based on 2015 list prices.

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Embraer issued this statement:

This is the second agreement between SkyWest and Alaska Airlines involving the E175. In November of last year, the two companies signed a CPA for seven aircraft of the same model. The first airplane in Alaska Airlines livery enters service next month.

These eight new aircraft are part of SkyWest’s previous order for 100 (40 firm and 60 reconfirmable) E175 current generation E-Jets – with an additional 100 options – placed in May 2013. This reconfirmation brings the total number of firm orders to 55 aircraft. The E175s for Alaska Airlines will be configured with 76 seats and include 12 First Class seats. Delivery for the additional eight E-Jets is scheduled for 2016.

SkyWest is the largest regional airline group in the world and is the parent company of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines. Both companies have long histories with Embraer and were early customers for the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft. In a separate deal with Embraer announced in June of 2013, SkyWest became the launch customer for the E175-E2, ordering 100 aircraft with 100 additional options. Deliveries begin in 2020.

Alaska Airlines also issued this statement:

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SkyWest Airlines announced today that they will purchase eight new, dual-class Embraer E175 jets to fly for Alaska Airlines. The new planes, to be delivered in 2016, will replace eight older regional jets SkyWest currently flies for the Seattle-based carrier.

The announcement comes the same month SkyWest takes ownership of the first of seven E175s purchased last fall to be flown for Alaska under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA). The regional carrier will begin flying the planes for Alaska on July 1 with the start of new service from Seattle to both Milwaukee and Oklahoma City, and between Portland, Oregon and St. Louis.

The 76-seat E175 jet will feature 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach. Onboard amenities include Alaska Beyond Entertainment featuring free short subject videos and movies and TV shows for purchase direct to customer devices. Inflight Internet access is also available, as well as Alaska Beyond Delicious which offers Pacific Northwest-inspired food and beverages. Additionally, customers seated in first class will enjoy 110 volt power in every seat.

SkyWest expects to retire its current Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets fleet flying for Alaska by the fall of 2016.

Copyright Photo: Embraer. The pictured Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) PR-EMP became N170SY (msn 17000483) on delivery.

United Airlines orders 10 additional Embraer 175s

Embraer S.A. (São José dos Campos) announced today at the 51st International Paris Air Show an agreement with United Airlines (Chicago) to add additional E175 jets to the United Express fleet. The agreement consists of ten firm orders, which will be included in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog. Additionally, Embraer expects that United or one of the carriers that operates as United Express will convert options for 18 aircraft to firm orders in the near term. The ten firm orders have an estimated value of $444 million based on current list price.

Delivery of the first of these aircraft is expected in 2016. The E175s are configured in a dual class 76-seat layout and will operate under the United Express brand. The carrier’s 76-seat jet fleet will be comprised exclusively of E175s. This latest acquisition is in addition to a previous order from United Airlines for 30 E175s in April 2013.

 

United’s E175 will be equipped with a 12 First class, 16 Economy Plus Seats, and 48 Economy seats. Wi-Fi will also be included.

The E175s feature a new wingtip that, among other technical enhancements, improves aerodynamic performance. Fuel consumption on a typical flight is 6.4% lower than first-generation E175s. In North America, the E175 is the preferred aircraft of carriers operating 76-seat jets. In the last two years, the E175 has captured over 80% of orders among aircraft in its class from airlines in the USA.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N110SY (msn 17000405) departs from Washington (Reagan National).

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SkyWest’s United Express flight UA 5316 makes a successful wheels-up landing at Los Angeles

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SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) operating United Express flight UA 5316 from Monterey, CA to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) made a successful left-wheels up emergency landing on runway 24L at LAX yesterday (May 11). The 43 passengers and crew members were able to safely evacuate the Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N932SW (msn 7714).

LAX issued this short statement:

SkyWestAirlines Flt 5316 safely conducted emergency landing at #LAX. All passengers/crew safe. Mechanics inspecting to determine cause

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SkyWest Airlines operates its last Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia revenue flight

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SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) on May 5 operated its last Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia revenue flight. Flight UA 5165 operated from Santa Maria to Los Angeles with the pictured EMB-120ER Brasilia N567SW (msn 120342).

SkyWest made this brief announcement on Facebook:

After more than 28 years, SkyWest’s EMB-120s completed their final flights. This plane has been a workhorse of our fleet and has played a big role in our history.

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Copyright Photo Below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. N567SW arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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SkyWest reports first quarter net income of $9.6 million, downsizes the fleet by 24 aircraft

SkyWest, Inc. (SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines) (St. George, Utah) reported net income of $9.6 million, reversing a previous net off of $22.9 million in the same quarter a year ago.

The company removed 15 Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias from service along with 29 50-seat aircraft previously operated for United Express. The represents a net reduction in the combined fleet of 24 aircraft. SkyWest will further reduced the fleet by another 60 aircraft by the end of this year. The company is eliminating unprofitable aircraft and contract routes.

Here is the full financial report:

SkyWest, Inc. reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

SkyWest generated $9.6 million of net income, or $0.18 per diluted share, for Q1 2015. This represents an after-tax improvement of $32.5 million from Q1 2014, which had a net loss of $(22.9) million, or $(0.44) per diluted share.

Q1 2015 Financial Highlights

  •   Pre-tax income increased $59 million from Q1 2014 primarily due to improved operating performance, additional flying contracts and improved recovery from weather disruptions.
  •   SkyWest generated $100 million in EBITDA in Q1 2015, compared to $35 million in Q1 2014.
  •   Revenue included improvements of $21 million from higher flight completion rates and $33 million from the additional E175 operations, improved contract rates from renewals and extensions and improved contract performance incentives. These improvements provided a significant offset to the anticipated revenue decrease from a reduced fleet size and production.
  •   Operating expenses were down by $74 million compared to Q1 2014, primarily driven by improved operating efficiencies and a net decrease in production.

Q1 2015 Operational Update

  •   ExpressJet’s adjusted completion rate significantly improved to 99.6% in Q1 2015 from 98.0% in Q1 2014. SkyWest Airlines adjusted completion rate also improved to 99.3% in Q1 2015 from 99.0% in Q1 2014.
  •   ExpressJet reduced its number of total cancelled flights, including weather cancellations, to 7,300 flights, or 4.5% of scheduled flights, in Q1 2015, from approximately 20,400, or 10.6% of scheduled flights, in Q1 2014. Additionally, SkyWest Airlines reduced its number of total cancelled flights, including weather cancellations, to 3,500 flights, or 2.3% of scheduled flights, in Q1 2015, from 6,400 flights, or 4.1% of scheduled flights, in Q1 2014.

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  •   SkyWest was named one of “America’s Best Employers 2015” by Forbes ®. SkyWest is the only regional airline company included on the 2015 list.
  •   The reduction in ExpressJet’s ERJ145 operations was the primary driver in SkyWest’s 6.4% reduction in departures and a 5.5% reduction in block hours compared to Q1 2014.
  •   Total aircraft in service went to 693 at March 31, 2015 from 717 December 31, 2014, summarized as follows:

o Added nine new E175 aircraft with United

o Added five used 50-seat aircraft with Delta and six used 50-seat aircraft with American

o Removed 15 EMB120 aircraft from service

o Removed 29 50-seat aircraft from service previously operated with United

 Under a previously announced agreement with Alaska Airlines, SkyWest Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of seven new E175 aircraft between Q2 2015 and the Q1 2016.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, SkyWest, Inc. President said, “Our first quarter results reflect strong progress on our long-term objectives to improve operating performance and reduce the number of aircraft operating in unprofitable flying contracts. During the quarter we continued execution of our fleet transition plan and we expect this transition to continue through 2016. First quarter’s positive results demonstrate solid execution of these long-term strategic objectives to improve profitability.”

Q1 2015 Capital and liquidity update

  •   SkyWest had $480 million in cash and marketable securities at March 31, 2015. Cash and marketable securities decreased $79 million during Q1 2015, primarily due to $46 million in scheduled semi-annual aircraft lease pre-payments and SkyWest’s investment of $36 million to acquire E175 aircraft and $10 million to acquire E175 spare parts and engines.
  •   Long-term debt increased $164 million from December 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015. The increase was primarily due to the issuance of $203 million of long-term debt for nine E175 aircraft delivered during Q1 2015, partially offset by principal payments made on total outstanding debt.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest removed 15 Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilias from service during the quarter. Embaer EMB-120ER Brasilia N560SW (msn 120334) prepares to taxi from the gate at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

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Update: Three passengers lost consciousness on United Express flight 5622

SkyWest Airlines (United Express) (St. George, Utah) initially issued this short statement concerning its United Express flight UA 5622 that made an emergency landing at Buffalo on April 22:

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SkyWest Flight 5622 landed safely in Buffalo, NY after a passenger lost consciousness, no problem with door. Other 75 pax being accommodated.

The Los Angeles Times, now quoting the airline, is reporting three passengers lost consciousness on flight UA 5622. The three passengers were sitting near each other in seats 11B, 12A and 12B. Flight UA 5622 was operating from the Chicago (O’Hare) hub (ORD) to Hartford/Springfield at Bradley International Airport (BDL).

The flight crew notified ATC of a pressurization problem and declared an emergency. The aircraft was quickly descended to a safe altitude before landing.

The flight was operated with Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N131SY (msn 17000450).

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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship N135SY (msn 17000460) arrives at Toronto (Pearson).

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