Category Archives: Delta Connection

Delta to add Raleigh/Durham – Chicago O’Hare service

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N254SY (msn 17000621) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942790.

Delta Air Lines will add Delta Connection service operated by SkyWest Airlines between Raleigh/Durham and Chicago (O’Hare) next year. According to Airline Route, SkyWest will operate Embraer 175 on the new route commencing on April 2, 2019.

In other news, Delta is also adding New York (JFK) – Antigua flights starting December 22, 2018 for the winter season.

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N254SY (msn 17000621) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942790.

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Delta and Bombardier execute purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 replacement aircraft


Delta has entered into an agreement with Bombardier to purchase 20 CRJ900 aircraft that will replace older regional jet aircraft flown by Delta Connection operators.

Photos: Bombardier.

The operationally efficient jets are to be delivered beginning in late 2018 with the last delivery to occur in 2020. They will feature Bombardier’s new Atmosphère Cabin, including increased carry-on bag capacity, a larger lavatory and improved aesthetic detail throughout the cabin.

These aircraft will be configured with 70 total seats including 12 in First Class, 20 in Delta Comfort+ and 38 in the main cabin. They will fly on small market routes to and from Delta’s domestic hubs.

Nonstop Delta service from Boston to Philadelphia coming October 1

Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

Delta Air Lines is adding another top destination to its growing nonstop options from Logan International Airport, with new daily nonstop service to Philadelphia, beginning on October 1.

The service will be flown four times daily on Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air on the following schedule:

Boston Logan International Airport – Philadelphia International Airport

Departs Arrives
BOS at 6:45 a.m. PHL at 8:23 a.m.
BOS at 11:05 a.m. PHL at 12:49 p.m.
BOS at 1:50 p.m. PHL at 3:41 p.m.
BOS at 6:35 p.m. PHL at 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia International Airport – Boston Logan International Airport

Departs Arrives
PHL at 9:00 a.m. BOS at 10:30 a.m.
PHL at 1:25 p.m. BOS at 2:53 p.m.
PHL at 4:20 p.m. BOS at 5:54 p.m.
PHL at 8:45 p.m. BOS at 10:29 p.m.

Delta’s leading global network in Boston

Philadelphia will be Delta’s 51st nonstop destination from Boston Logan, following Las Vegas service that also begins on October 1. Additionally on October 1, Delta will offer a third daily nonstop to Tampa International Airport.

Delta’s new service to Philadelphia complements numerous Boston service enhancements made in 2018. This spring, Delta added new seasonal weekend service to New Orleans, Savannah and Charleston, with Charleston service increasing to daily beginning in summer. This leisure expansion continues with new Saturday service to Aruba as of June, marking Delta’s sixth destination in the Caribbean from Boston.  Additional flights to top business markets begin this summer from Boston to Nashville, Atlanta, Seattle, Kansas City, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.

Boston serves as an ideal gateway for Philadelphia customers traveling to Europe, with nonstop service to London, Dublin, Paris and Amsterdam. Customers can also fly nonstop from Boston to Rome on Delta partner Alitalia, and Manchester on Delta partner Virgin Atlantic.

Delta’s continued investment in Boston will reach 112 peak day departures by this summer, an increase of 19 departures compared with summer 2017 and 29 departures over summer 2016. Delta and its partners will serve 51 total destinations from Boston, including 17 international destinations and the largest trans-Atlantic network.


Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

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SkyWest announces a first quarter 2018 profit, ExpressJet to retire the CRJ900s with Delta

Delta Connection-ExpressJet Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N307PQ (msn 15307) ATL (Jay Selman). Image: 403371.

SkyWest, Inc. issued this statement:

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Net income of $54 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, up 56% from $35 millionor $0.65 per diluted share in Q1 2017
  • Pre-tax income of $67 million, up 28% from $52 million in Q1 2017
  • Revenue of $783 million, up 5% from $747 million in Q1 2017 on improving fleet mix

SkyWest, Inc.  reported financial and operating results for Q1 2018, including net income of $54 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, compared to net income of $35 million, or $0.65 per diluted share for Q1 2017.

The improvement in Q1 2018 pre-tax income from Q1 2017 was primarily due to SkyWest’s ongoing fleet transition. Since Q1 2017 19 new E175 aircraft have been added and 46 CRJ and ERJ 50-seat aircraft and 25 CRJ700/CRJ900 aircraft have been removed.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said “Demand for our product remains strong, and I’m proud of our professionals who continue to provide best-in-class operations to our customers.  Our financial results reflect continued solid operating performance combined with the ongoing improvements in our fleet mix.  We remain disciplined in our approach to risk and flying commitments and focused on executing a strategy to improve our overall model.”

Q1 2018 Financial Highlights
Revenue was $783 million in Q1 2018, up from $747 million in Q1 2017. The increase in revenue included the net impact of adding new E175 aircraft and improvement in the economics of SkyWest’s fleet mix since Q1 2017, partially offset by the removal of unprofitable or less profitable aircraft over the same period.

Operating expenses were $695 million in Q1 2018, up from $671 million in Q1 2017.  The increase in operating expenses included additional labor, engine maintenance and fuel costs.

The effective tax rate for Q1 2018 was 19% compared to 34% in Q1 2017.  The lower tax rate in Q1 2018 was primarily due to the reduced federal rate under the new tax law enacted in Q4 2017 and additional discrete tax benefits from stock compensation in Q1 2018.

Q1 2018 Operational Update
SkyWest Airlines, Inc. took delivery of five new E175/E175 SC aircraft during Q1 2018.  The following summarizes the anticipated delivery dates for seven E175 aircraft to be placed under contract with Alaska Airlines (three E175 aircraft previously scheduled for delivery in Q4 2018 have been deferred until 2021 at Alaska’s request) and 27 E175 SC aircraft to be placed under contract with Delta Air Lines in 2018:

Scheduled E175/E175 SC

Aircraft Deliveries

Mar 31, 2018

Q2 2018

Q3 2018

Q4 2018


end of 2018

Total E175/E175 SCs:






ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. continued the previously-announced 2018 wind down of its flying agreement with Delta during the quarter. At the end of Q1 2018, ExpressJet had six CRJ900s and 31 CRJ700s remaining in service under the Delta agreement.  ExpressJet anticipates returning seven leased aircraft to Delta in Q2 2018 (six CRJ900s and one CRJ700).

ExpressJet continues to engage in discussions around the CRJ700s scheduled to come out of service with Delta later this year and remains pleased with the level of demand for the CRJ700 product.

Operating Performance:

Flight completion rates at SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet for Q1 2018 and Q1 2017 are summarized as follows:

SkyWest Airlines


Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Adjusted Completion *





Raw Completion





* Adjusted Completion excludes weather cancellations. Raw Completion includes weather cancellations.

Q1 2018 Capital and Liquidity
SkyWest had $646 million in cash and marketable securities at March 31, 2018, down $39 million from December 31, 2017. During the first quarter of 2018, SkyWest:

  • Used $18 million toward the purchase of five E175 aircraft
  • Used $20 million for an early lease buyout on nine aircraft
  • Used $30 million for other capital investments, including spare engines and aircraft parts
  • Used $10 million to repurchase stock under its $100 million share repurchase program, of which $70 million remains authorized

Total debt for the quarter was $2.8 billion, up $89 million from December 31, 2017, including debt issued for acquired aircraft, partially offset by scheduled principal payments.

Copyright Photo: The last Bombardier CRJ900 will be taken out of the Delta contract in the second quarter of 2018. The remaining CRJ700s will be retired with Delta by the end of the year. Delta Connection-ExpressJet Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N307PQ (msn 15307) ATL (Jay Selman). Image: 403371.

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Delta connects El Paso, Texas, to the West with new nonstop service to Salt Lake City

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N810SK (msn 15093) LAS (Ton Jochems). Image: 911201.

Delta customers will have a new, convenient way to access El Paso, Texas with new nonstop service from the airline’s hub at Salt Lake City International Airport beginning October 1.

Delta’s Salt Lake City hub offers customers more than 250 daily departures to 90 destinations across the Intermountain West, West Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and Europe, bringing the world to El Paso International Airport with easy, one-stop connections.

The new service will complement existing Delta flying of three peak-day departures from El Paso with global connections via the airline’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The daily service will operate as follows:

Departs Arrives Aircraft
ELP at 8:15 a.m. SLC at 10:15 a.m. CRJ-900
SLC at 8:05 p.m. ELP at 10:25 p.m. CRJ-900

The Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines is equipped with 12 seats in First Class, 20 in Comfort+ and 44 in the main cabin. Customers will have access to in-flight Wi-Fi as well as streaming in-flight entertainment via Delta Studio.

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N810SK (msn 15093) LAS (Ton Jochems). Image: 911201.

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SkyWest takes delivery of its first Embraer E175 SC (Special Configuration)

SkyWest Airlines has taken delivery of the pictured N262SY (msn 17000714), officially an Embraer ERJ 170-200 LL. The new type is marketed as the ERJ 175 SC (ERJ 170-200SC) (Special Configuration) with 70 seats. The aircraft arrived on March 11, 2018.

The airline announced the new arrival on social media:

SkyWest has taken delivery of our first E175 SC this past weekend! N262SY is part of the 45 aircraft order announced in the fall of 2017. The E175 SCs are configured in a 70-seat layout and will be operating as Delta Connection.

Photos: SkyWest Airlines.

Endeavor Air to add its first Bombardier CRJ700

Endeavor Air (Minneapolis/St. Paul) is planning to add its first Bombardier CRJ700 this quarter.

Previously the carrier announced in August 2017 the addition of 28 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, increasing the world’s largest fleet of the 76-seat aircraft to 109.

Endeavor will also acquire three Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft.

The airline also plans to draw down its 50-seat CRJ200 fleet by 16 aircraft, to 42 CRJ200s, for a total net gain of 15 aircraft once all aircraft have been inducted at Endeavor.

The three CRJ700s are coming from ExpressJet and will be operated for Delta.

Endeavor Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.

All photos by Endeavor Air.

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