SkyWest to get 34 Comair aircraft for the Delta Connection operation, will retire 66 CRJ200s

SkyWest, Inc. (SkyWest Airlines) (St. George) has announced that it has reached an understanding with Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Atlanta) on a transaction which provides SkyWest, Inc. 34 additional dual-class regional jet aircraft and for the early termination of 66 Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet aircraft under its existing Delta Connection agreements.  The 34 additional aircraft consist of five Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 29 Bombardier CRJ900.  SkyWest, Inc. anticipates that it will take delivery of the 34 aircraft incrementally between August 2012 and June 2013.  Subject to the completion of agreements to be negotiated between SkyWest, Inc. and Delta, SkyWest, Inc. also anticipates that these changes will be incorporated into its existing Delta agreements with a December 2022 termination date for these operating rights.

SkyWest, Inc. intends to remove the 66 CRJ200 aircraft from existing Delta Connection service between August 2012 and December 2015.  Of those aircraft, 41 are Delta-financed aircraft which are scheduled to be returned to Delta without obligation to SkyWest, Inc.  The remaining 25 aircraft are SkyWest, Inc. financed aircraft and SkyWest is currently working on opportunities to mitigate the financial risk associated with removing those aircraft from Delta service.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N802SK (msn 15061) is pictured on final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.

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