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SkyWest starts Delta Connection service between Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N256SY (msn 17000647) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947315.

Delta Air Lines has added a new destination to its route map with the start of three daily year-round flights from Salt Lake City International Airport hub to Santa Barbara Airport on August 12, 2019.

Santa Barbara is the 330th destination in Delta’s expanding network and the 13th city in California served by the airline. Combined with the start of other new routes – including Detroit-San Jose in November 2018, Atlanta-Ontario in April, Detroit-Sacramento in June, and Atlanta-Burbank in July – the number of seats Delta offers from California has grown by over five percent.

For Delta’s hub in Salt Lake City, Santa Barbara is the latest in a series of destinations that have been added in the last two years, including Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Pittsburgh, Penn.; and Tampa, Fla.

The flights will operate on the following schedule and are now available for sale:

Departs                                                     Arrives
Salt Lake City (SLC) at 11:05 a.m.         Santa Barbara (SBA) at 12:16 p.m.
Salt Lake City (SLC) at 3 p.m.                Santa Barbara (SBA) at 4:11 p.m.
Salt Lake City (SLC) at 8:30 p.m.           Santa Barbara (SBA) at 9:39 p.m.
Santa Barbara (SBA) at 6 a.m.*              Salt Lake City (SLC) at 8:57 a.m.
Santa Barbara (SBA) at 1:05 p.m.          Salt Lake City (SLC) at 4 p.m.
Santa Barbara (SBA) at 4:45 p.m.          Salt Lake City (SLC) at 7:40 p.m.
*First flight departing SBA is on Aug. 13, 2019.

Salt Lake City-Santa Barbara service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest on a 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft with 12 seats in First Class, 20 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 44 seats in the Main Cabin.

Delta offers more than 280 departures to more than 90 destinations from its Salt Lake City hub.

Route Map: Delta Connection routes operated by SkyWest Airlines. With the recent Delta Connection realignment announcement, SkyWest will become the primary Delta Connection carrier in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N256SY (msn 17000647) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947315.

Delta Connection-SkyWest aircraft slide show:

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SkyWest to secure six Embraer 175s from Compass Airlines

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N254SY (msn 17000621) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947251.

SkyWest, Inc. today announced an agreement with Delta Air Lines to operate six used Embraer 175 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 (Compass Airlines).

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 mid-2020.

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.

Separately, SkyWest cancelled its previously announced order for three new E175 aircraft scheduled for service with Alaska Airlines in 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N254SY (msn 17000621) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947251.

Delta Connection-SkyWest aircraft slide show:

Route Map: Current routes operated from Delta:

Delta to end its relationship with Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines

Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N626CZ (msn 17000226) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947248.

Delta Air Lines is streaming its Delta Connection system down to three carriers. Delta is ending its relationship with both Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines. The changes will be completed by mid 2020.

The company issued this statement:

“In an effort to reduce operational complexity and create better consistency with the overall product and experience for customers, Delta is reducing the number of regional carriers from five to three”.

This means Delta will keep Endeavor Air, SkyWest Airlines and Republic Airline (Republic Airways) as the three Delta Connection carriers.

Delta-owned aircraft at Compass and GoJet will be reallocated to the remaining three carriers.

Compass Airlines currently operates 36 Embraer 175s for Delta. It also flies for United.

GoJet Airlines currently operates 20 Bombardier CRJ700s and seven CRJ900s for Delta which will be transferred to Endeavor Air.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N626CZ (msn 17000226) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947248.

Delta Connection-Compass Airlines aircraft slide show:

 

SkyWest, Inc. announces a second quarter 2019 profit

SkyWest, Inc. issued this financial report:

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Net income of $88 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, up from $76 million, or $1.43 per diluted share in Q2 2018
  • Pre-tax income of $115 million, up from $98 million in Q2 2018
  • Placing ten used CRJ700s into a flying contract with American Airlines beginning early 2020

SkyWest, Inc. has reported its financial and operating results for Q2 2019, including net income of $88 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, compared to net income of $76 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, for Q2 2018. Pre-tax income in Q2 2019 was $115 million, a 17% increase from Q2 2018 primarily due to SkyWest’s ongoing fleet transition. SkyWest has added 25 new E175 aircraft and 11 new CRJ900 aircraft since Q2 2018 and has reduced aircraft ownership costs through early lease buyouts on 52 aircraft executed in early 2019.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said, “This quarter we were pleased to demonstrate our ability to deploy capital and unlock growth opportunities within our partners’ existing scope constraints. I want to thank our outstanding SkyWest professionals for the service they provide to our customers.”

Financial Highlights
Revenue was $744 million in Q2 2019, down from $806 million in Q2 2018 due to the sale of ExpressJet Airlines (“ExpressJet”) in January 2019. Excluding ExpressJet revenue in Q2 2018, Q2 2019 revenue increased $82 million, primarily from adding 36 new aircraft since Q2 2018.

Operating expenses were $600 million in Q2 2019, down from $679 million in Q2 2018 also due to the sale of ExpressJet. Excluding ExpressJet operating expenses in Q2 2018, Q2 2019 operating expenses increased $70 million, primarily from growth in operations as a result of additional aircraft placed into service since Q2 2018 and from higher labor costs.

Operational Update
Flying contract updates
SkyWest announced an agreement with American Airlines to place ten used CRJ700s under a multi-year contract beginning early 2020. SkyWest anticipates acquiring seven CRJ700 aircraft from a third party and internally sourcing three CRJ700 aircraft through upcoming scheduled contract expirations.

Delivery update on new aircraft for Delta
E175 aircraft to be financed by SkyWest and operated by SkyWest:

  • Four aircraft delivered in Q2 2019
  • Four aircraft scheduled for delivery in mid-2020

 

SkyWest expects to remove four CRJ900 aircraft under its Delta agreement in 2020 and to return those aircraft to the lessor. SkyWest has previously removed five CRJ900s from service under its agreement with Delta and is leasing these five aircraft to a third party under a six-year term.

CRJ900 aircraft to be financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest for Delta:

  • Three aircraft delivered in Q2 2019
  • One aircraft scheduled for delivery in Q3 2019
  • Eight aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2020

SkyWest expects to remove a used CRJ700 from its contract with Delta as each of these CRJ900 financed by Delta is placed into service. As previously announced, SkyWest anticipates transitioning the CRJ700s removed under this arrangement with Delta to an agreement with American.

Lease agreement with a third party for 29 CRJ700 aircraft
SkyWest placed one of 29 CRJ700 aircraft under a previously announced lease agreement to a third party for a ten-year term during Q2 2019. SkyWest anticipates the remaining aircraft will be placed under lease in increments through mid-2020.

Capital and Liquidity

SkyWest had $550 million in cash and marketable securities at June 30, 2019, up from $544 millionat March 31, 2019. During the second quarter of 2019, SkyWest:

  • Used $35 million to repurchase stock under SkyWest’s $250 million share repurchase program
  • Used $14 million toward the purchase of four E175 aircraft (total capital expenditure of $88 million on the acquired aircraft including debt issued)
  • Used $23 million for other capital investments, primarily related to spare engines, aircraft parts and maintenance assets, net of proceeds from sale of fixed assets

Total debt at June 30, 2019 and March 31, 2019 was $3.1 billion. Q2 2019 ending debt balance included debt issued for four E175 aircraft acquired during the quarter, offset by principal payments.

All photos by the airline.

Delta to launch Los Angeles-Omaha service in November 2019

Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N616CZ (msn 17000209) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926247.

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Beginning this fall, customers in Los Angeles and Omaha will have more travel options between the two cities as Delta launches new daily service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA) on Nov. 10.

The daily flight will operate on the following schedule:

Departs Arrives
Los Angeles (LAX) at 5:40 p.m. Omaha (OMA) at 10:55 p.m.
Omaha (OMA) at 7 a.m.* Los Angeles (LAX) at 8:45 a.m.

*First flight departing OMA is on Nov. 11, 2019

The Los Angeles-Omaha flight will operate on Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines using a 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft with seating for 12 in First Class, 20 in Delta Comfort+ and 44 in Main Cabin.

 

The Los Angeles basin is among the most popular destinations from Omaha and strengthens Delta’s presence in the city. Delta has grown departures out of Omaha by more than 10 percent over the past year and will offer 22 peak-day flights in November to seven nonstop destinations. This includes a third daily flight to Delta’s New York-LaGuardia Airport hub, which launched on May 1.

Route Map:

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N616CZ (msn 17000209) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926247.

Delta Connection-Compass aircraft slide show:

In other news, Delta is celebrating 100 days of no cancellations.

Delta issued this statement:

When Delta says it’s cancelling cancellations – they mean it.

Delta is once again setting the bar for operational reliability, rocketing to 100 days without a mainline cancelyear-to-date Friday, May 10, almost a month ahead of last year’s pace.

The cancel-free day count continued through the weekend with the airline now at 104 days for the mainline system1, including both domestic and international operations, compared to 87 this time last year. Delta maintained Friday’s 99.84 percent completion factor ranking, or the measure of flights operated versus scheduled, through the weekend into Wednesday.

Year-to-date, the airline has also logged 57 cancel-free ‘brand days’ across both Delta mainline and Delta Connection operations2 – 15 more than last year.

Delta’s latest operational accomplishment comes on the heels of the news that the airline is leading the industry for on-time arrivals during what has been the strongest first quarter since the merger for mainline and network performance.

Earlier this year, the airline earned the top spot in the latest 2018 Airline Quality Rating, was recognized by FlightGlobal as the most on-time airline and by The Wall Street Journal as the best airline of 2018, similarly to The Points Guy.

“Reaching this 100-day milestone so quickly is a true testament to the hard work of our people across the operation and their dedication to taking care of our customers,” said Dave Holtz, S.V.P. – Operations and Customer Center. “We keep climbing, improving year after year, because our customers count on us to connect them to moments that matter around the world every day.”

(1) Based on Delta’s internal statistical reporting of all Delta-operated mainline flights scheduled between Jan. 1, 2019 and May 14, 2019.

(2) Based on Delta’s internal statistical reporting of all Delta-operated mainline flights and Delta Connection system flights scheduled between Jan. 1, 2019 and May 14, 2019.

Embraer and SkyWest, Inc. sign contract for nine E175 jets

Embraer and SkyWest, Inc. have signed a firm order for nine E175 jets, with deliveries expected to begin in 2019. The order has a value of $422 million, based on current list prices, and was already included in Embraer’s 2018 fourth-quarter backlog. SkyWest Airlines will operate all nine E175s, featuring a 76-seat configuration.

“Since 2013, SkyWest has purchased a total of 158 E175s, including these nine, in order to expand their large existing fleet of Embraer aircraft,” said Charlie Hillis, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We are extremely proud of their ongoing support for the E-Jets program and the fact that the E175 continues to outperform in North America. Without a doubt, the E175 has become the backbone of the regional aviation market in the U.S.”

Including this new contract, Embraer has sold more than 565 E175s to airlines in North America, since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in this 70-76-seat jet segment.

SkyWest, Inc. is a premier regional airline company and the holding company of SkyWest Airlines. SkyWest holds a long history with Embraer as early customers for the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft.

Since entering revenue service, the E-Jets family has received more than 1,800 orders and over 1,500 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 70 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N403SY (msn 17000738) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945520.

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N403SY (msn 17000738) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945520.

Below Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N244SY (msn 17000588) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945470.

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N244SY (msn 17000588) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945470.

Bottom Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N151SY (msn 17000503) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945522.

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N151SY (msn 17000503) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945522.

Delta adds Santa Barbara to its route map with service from the Salt Lake City hub

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N250SY (msn 17000610) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945472.

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Delta is making the ‘American Riviera’ more accessible than ever with the launch of three daily year-round flights from Salt Lake City International Airport to Santa Barbara Airport, a new destination on Delta’s route map, on August 12, 2019.

Santa Barbara will become the 330th destination in Delta’s expanding network and the 13th city in California served by the airline. Combined with the start of other new routes – including Detroit-San Jose in November 2018, Atlanta-Ontario in April, Detroit-Sacramento in June, and Atlanta-Burbank in July – Delta will grow the number of seats it offers from California by eight percent.

​For Delta’s hub in Salt Lake City, Santa Barbara is the latest in a series of destinations that have been added in the last two years, including Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Tampa, Florida.

The flights will operate on the following schedule and are now available for sale:

Departs Arrives
Salt Lake City (SLC) at 11:05 a.m. Santa Barbara (SBA) at 12:16 p.m.
Salt Lake City (SLC) at 3 p.m. Santa Barbara (SBA) at 4:11 p.m.
Salt Lake City (SLC) at 8:30 p.m. Santa Barbara (SBA) at 9:39 p.m.
Santa Barbara (SBA) at 6 a.m.* Salt Lake City (SLC) at 8:57 a.m.
Santa Barbara (SBA) at 1:05 p.m. Salt Lake City (SLC) at 4 p.m.
Santa Barbara (SBA) at 4:45 p.m. Salt Lake City (SLC) at 7:40 p.m.

*First flight departing SBA is on Aug. 13, 2019

Salt Lake City-Santa Barbara service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest on a 76-seat Embraer E-175 aircraft with 12 seats in First Class, 20 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 44 seats in the Main Cabin. All flights will offer free entertainment through Delta Studio, as well as free messaging, access to Wi-Fi, and complimentary snacks and beverages.

Delta offers more than 280 departures to more than 90 destinations from its Salt Lake City hub, linking Santa Barbara to dozens of West Coast, Mountain West, East Coast and international destinations with a single, easy connection. Salt Lake City is a fast growing hub for Delta with seats up nearly 30 percent since 2014. As Salt Lake City’s largest carrier, Delta has invested in and worked closely with the airport on a multi-billion dollar infrastructure project to build the airport of the future in SLC, with the first phase expected to open in 2020.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by SkyWest): Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N250SY (msn 17000610) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945472.

Delta Connection-SkyWest aircraft slide show:

SkyWest’s routes flown for Delta:

Delta’s Domestic Route Map: