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United to add new domestic routes for the summer

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N122SY (msn 17000431) RDU (Ken Petersen). Image: 935116.

United Airlines is adding eight domestic routes in June for the summer season:

Chicago O’Hare – Salina – 6 flights a week effective April 9, 2018 with SkyWest CRJ200s
Denver – Appleton – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with Air Wisconsin CRJ200s
Denver – Norfolk – daily mainline flights effective June 7, 2018 with Airbus A319s
Houston (Bush Intercontinental) – Akron/Canton – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with ExpressJet ERJ 145s
Houston (Bush Intercontinental) – Dayton – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with ExpressJet ERJ 145s
Los Angeles – Eureka – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with SkyWest CRJ200s
Newark – Rapid City – weekly flights effective June 17 through September 14, 2018 with Republic Airlines ERJ 175s
San Francisco – Madison – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with SkyWest ERJ 175s (above)

The airline confirmed the new destinations with this announcement:

United Airlines (UAL) on January 8, 2018 announced it will begin new service between six of its domestic hubs and eight destinations in California, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The new flights, starting June 7, offer customers hundreds of connection opportunities across United’s world-class domestic and international route network.

New year round service

Hub

New Destination

Frequency

Begins

Aircraft

Chicago (ORD)

Bismarck, ND (BIS)

2 flights daily

June 7

ERJ

Denver (DEN)

Appleton, WI (ATW)

Daily

June 7

CRJ

Denver (DEN)

Norfolk, VA (ORF)

Daily

June 7

A319

Houston (IAH)

Akron/Canton, OH (CAK)

Daily

June 7

ERJ

Houston (IAH)

Dayton, OH (DAY)

Daily

June 7

ERJ

Los Angeles (LAX)

Eureka, CA (ACV)

Daily

June 7

CRJ

San Francisco (SFO)

Madison, WI (MSN)

Daily

June 7

E175

New summer service to Rapid City, South Dakota

In addition to the new year round services, United announced it will offer the only nonstop flight between New York and Rapid City, South Dakota. Beginning June 23, United will start summer service between New York/Newark and Rapid City, making it easier for customers to access popular outdoor destinations including Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park. United’s Saturday-only service between New York/Newark and Rapid City will operate with Embraer E175 aircraft and will depart New York/Newark at 10:00 a.m. and arrive in Rapid City at 12:05 p.m.

Enhancing operations in Chicago

In February, United will begin operating its newly enhanced bank structure at O’Hare International Airport to shorten connection times and provide better access to more destinations for customers connecting through the carrier’s Chicago hub. This operations enhancement, already in place at United’s Houston hub, will enable United to greatly improve connectivity throughout its industry-leading global route network.

Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N122SY (msn 17000431) RDU (Ken Petersen). Image: 935116.) RDU (Ken Petersen). Image: 935116.

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SkyWest to fly the Cincinnati – Austin route for Delta

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N609SK (msn 10020) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 911199.

SkyWest Airlines (Delta Connection) will add the Cincinnati – Austin route for Delta Air Lines starting on May 1, 2018. The new route will be operated with Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N609SK (msn 10020) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 911199.

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SkyWest Airlines to bring United Express jet service to Shenandoah Valley and Greenbrier Valley on April 3, 2018

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SkyWest Airlines has announced daily United Express jet service from Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD) starting on April 3, 2018.

The company has also announced daily United Express jet service from Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD) beginning also on April 3, 2018.

Flight will be operated on Canadair (Bombardier) CRJ200 regional jets.

Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N973SW (msn 7949) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 922371.

Route Map: United Express routes operated by SkyWest Airlines:

Alaska Airlines starts nonstop service between San Diego and Mexico City

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N186SY (msn 17000606) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938865.

Alaska Airlines on November 6, 2017 began nonstop service between San Diego and Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport. San Diego is the third West Coast city to see nonstop service to Mexico’s largest metropolitan city with Los Angeles and San Francisco added in August 2017. With more than 100 flights a week to Mexico from California, Alaska Airlines offers California flyers more flight options to Mexico than any other U.S. carrier.

Alaska Airlines now has four nonstop flights from California to the City of Palaces.

 

The year-round, nonstop service marks the ninth destination Alaska serves to Mexico. Other destinations with service from California include Cancun, Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo, Loreto, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. Alaska began flying to Mexico in 1988.

Flight Schedule:

Start
Date
City Pair Departure Arrival Aircraft Frequency
Nov 6 San Diego-Mexico City 7:05 a.m. 12:50 p.m. E-175 Daily
Mexico City-San Diego 7:25 p.m. 9:37 p.m. E-175 Daily

The Mexico City flights will utilize Embraer 175 aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N186SY (msn 17000606) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938865.

SkyWest to acquire 20 additional aircraft, will expand its relationship with Delta and Alaska

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N252SY (msn 17000612) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936861.

SkyWest, Inc. has announced additional order of 20 new aircraft and new flying agreements

  • Order includes 15 70-seat Embraer E175 SC aircraft expected to be delivered and placed into service with Delta Air Lines in 2018
  • Order includes five 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft expected to be delivered and placed into service with Alaska Airlines in late 2017 and early 2018`
  • Terms and economics similar to prior contracts with each partner

    SkyWest, Inc. has reported that it has entered into aircraft purchase agreements and capacity purchase agreements to acquire and fly 15 additional new aircraft with Delta Air Lines and five additional new aircraft with Alaska Airlines. Expected delivery dates for the 20 aircraft run from September 2017 through the end of 2018. These aircraft will be operated by SkyWest Airlines, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest.

    Of the 20 aircraft, 15 Embraer E175 SC aircraft will fly under an agreement with Delta in a 70-seat configuration. The E175 SC aircraft has an E175 airframe and can be retrofitted to 76 seats in the future. The agreement with Alaska includes five Embraer E175s, with a 76-seat configuration, similar to aircraft SkyWest has previously placed into service with Alaska.

    Combined with last month’s announcement for 25 new aircraft, this announcement results in a cumulative order of 45 new aircraft. Similar structurally to SkyWest’s acquisition of 104 E175s, SkyWest expects to invest approximately $161 million in cash to acquire these 45 aircraft, and to finance the balance of the purchase price with debt. The expected delivery dates for the 45 aircraft run from September 2017 through the end of 2018, with the majority of the deliveries scheduled for mid-2018.

 

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N252SY (msn 17000612) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936861.

Delta Connection:

Alaska SkyWest:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N186SY (msn 17000606) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938865.

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N186SY (msn 17000606) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938865.

SkyWest reports net income of $41 million in the third quarter, outlines its fleet plans

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N108SY (msn 17000401) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930967.

SkyWest, Inc. (St. George, Utah) reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2016, including net income of $41 million or $0.79 per diluted share, up from net income of $36 million or $0.71 per diluted share in Q3 2015. Excluding the $9 million non-cash impact of early lease return charges on six CRJ700s, adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.90 in Q3 2016. Pre-tax income for the third quarter of 2016 was $67 million compared to $60 million in Q3 2015.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, SkyWest, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, said “Since early 2014, we have grown earnings by executing a complex fleet transition that added 67 new E175s and reduced our 50-seat fleet by over 120 aircraft. Our focus through 2017 will be on reducing the overall risk profile of the company, integrating the remaining deliveries of 37 E175s, optimizing how our assets and capital are deployed and positioning for future growth. Our employees have delivered amazingly well against challenging goals and have again provided our customers with solid operating performance, despite the significant changes to our fleet during the quarter.”

SkyWest’s total fleet in service decreased by 13 aircraft during the third quarter of 2016 as follows:

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Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N223AG (msn 10010) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 924092.

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N223AG (msn 10010) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 924092.

SkyWest’s total fleet in service decreased by 14 aircraft from September 30, 2015 to September 30, 2016 as follows:

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During Q3 2016, SkyWest redeployed six CRJ700 aircraft into service under a multi-year agreement with American and redeployed four CRJ700 aircraft into service under a multi-year agreement with Delta.

SkyWest previously operated the combined 10 CRJ700s under an agreement that expired with United. A total of 37 CRJ700 aircraft with scheduled contract expirations with United are scheduled to be redeployed with American by mid-2017, eliminating the related financing tail risk on these aircraft through 2019.

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Copyright Photo: American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N492SW (msn 7168) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 927579.

SkyWest anticipates its CRJ200 fleet and its ERJ145 fleet (“50-Seat Aircraft”) will be reduced by approximately 16 aircraft by the end of 2016 as a result of flying agreement expirations with multiple major partners. During Q3 2016, SkyWest extended the contract term on nine CRJ200s with American from the end of 2016 to the end of Q3 2017.

Under a previously announced lease return arrangement, SkyWest is currently scheduled to return 11 additional CRJ700s over the next six months. If the aircraft are returned as scheduled, SkyWest anticipates largely non-cash termination costs of approximately $15-17 million (pre-tax), which will be recognized as the aircraft are removed from service and processed.

The following table outlines SkyWest’s anticipated delivery schedule for new E175 aircraft through the end of 2017:

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Top Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N108SY (msn 17000401) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930967.

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SkyWest to fly between Seattle/Tacoma and San Luis Obispo for Alaska Airlines

SkyWest to fly between Seattle/Tacoma and San Luis Obispo for Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will launch daily, nonstop service between its Seattle/Tacoma hub and San Luis Obispo, California, on April 13, 2017. Located just south of the city of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport serves travelers from as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County.

The year-round service will be operated by SkyWest Airlines using Embraer E175 jets, featuring 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in Preferred Plus and 52 seats in the main cabin. The E175 boasts cabin dimensions on par with a Boeing 737.

Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) SEA (Tony Storck). Image: 928988.

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