Category Archives: SkyWest Airlines

SkyWest Airlines embarks on its 50th year, special livery coming?

Southwest Airlines made this announcement on January 1, 2022:

As we embark on our 50th year, we know that no matter the challenge, together we will succeed. Thank you to our incredible people who keep us flying.

The company has celebrated milestones in the past with special logo jets. Therefore a special livery is likely in 2022.

SkyWest Airlines (USA) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N821SK (msn 15109) (35 Years) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 903980.

Above Copyright Photo: SkyWest Airlines (USA) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N821SK (msn 15109) (35 Years) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 903980.

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SkyWest and Eve announce partnership to develop regional operator network with an order for 100 eVTOL aircraft

Eve Air Mobility (Eve), an Embraer company, and SkyWest, Inc., announced today a Memorandum of Understanding and non-binding Letter of Intent for SkyWest to purchase 100 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL). The partnership will focus on developing a network of deployment throughout the United States.

SkyWest and Eve have also committed to develop a portfolio of services-based capabilities to optimize eVTOL performance in key early adopter cities that will be prioritized for initial Urban Air Mobility operations. To support this effort, SkyWest and Eve plan to dedicate a team to focus on vehicle design, vertiport specifications, and the certification roadmap for eVTOL operations.

SkyWest has been an Embraer partner since 1986, bringing together the world’s largest regional airline operator and the world’s leading regional aircraft manufacturer. SkyWest, which operates Embraer’s commercial aircraft for major airline operators, chose Eve as its Urban Air Mobility partner due to its long record for certifying trusted aircraft for over 52 years. In addition to SkyWest’s LOI for 100 aircraft, both companies have agreed to form a working group to jointly evaluate the utilization of Eve’s next generation air traffic management and fleet operating solutions as the Urban Air Mobility industry prepares to scale over the next decade.

Delta to drop service to Grand Junction and Lincoln

Delta Air Lines has confirmed it will send all service on January 10, 2022 to Grand Junction, CO (above) and Lincoln, NE.

In addition, seasonal West Yellowstone service, which ended in October, will not be renewed next summer.

Delta is also suspending flights from its Detroit hub (above) to La Crosse, WI, and flights from its Minneapolis−St. Paul hub to Sawyer International Airport in Michigan, effective January 10. Seasonal service from Minneapolis−St. Paul (below) to Great Falls International Airport was suspended in October.

United and SkyWest to drop Tallahassee, Florida

United Airlines’ partner SkyWest Airlines operating as a United Express carrier will discontinue service to various markets, including Tallahassee, after October 1, 2021.

SkyWest adds 16 new E175s for the Delta contract, will replace 16 CRJ900s

SkyWest, Inc. today announced an agreement with Delta Air Lines to purchase and operate 16 new E175 aircraft under a multi-year capacity purchase agreement.

These aircraft are scheduled to be placed into service beginning in the first half of 2022, and will be placed into service ratably through year-end 2022.

The aircraft will be purchased by SkyWest from Embraer and delivered new from the factory.

SkyWest continues to be the largest owner/operator of the Embraer E175 aircraft in the world.

SkyWest expects the 16 new E175 aircraft will replace 16 SkyWest-owned or financed CRJ900s currently under its Delta contract, with expirations ranging from the second half of 2022 to early 2023. SkyWest is evaluating the impact of the anticipated displacement of the CRJ900s, including a potential non-cash impairment charge

United to pull out of Paine Field on October 5

Delivered on November 8, 2019

United Airlines has announced it will suspend the Denver – Everett (Paine Field) route on October 5. This was the only United Express route operated to PAE. It previously operated a route from PAE to the San Francisco hub.

PAE United Express flights are operated for United Airlines by SkyWest Airlines.

Alaska Airlines continues to operate out of Paine Field.

Top Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LL (ERJ 175) N620UX (msn 17000824) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 953003.

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SkyWest Airlines orders eight new E175 aircraft for operation with Alaska Airlines

Embraer has agreed to the sale of eight new E175 jets to SkyWest, Inc. for operation with Alaska Airlines, adding to the 32 SkyWest E175 jets SkyWest already flies for Alaska. The E175 aircraft will fly exclusively with Alaska Airlines under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA).

Alaska Airlines, a new member of the oneworld Alliance, currently has 62 Embraer E175 jets in their fleet, operated by Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines. The 76-seat aircraft will be delivered in Alaska’s livery and three-class configuration, starting in 2022.

SkyWest manages to turn a profit in the first quarter

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N703SK (msn 10139) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937551.

SkyWest has issued this financial statement for the first quarter 2021:

First Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Pre-tax income of $50 million, net income of $36 million, or $0.71 per diluted share
  • Placed nine used CRJ700 aircraft into service under a previously announced agreement with American Airlines; took delivery of one new CRJ900 aircraft under a previously announced agreement with Delta Air Lines
  • Named to Forbes America’s Best Employers 2021 List; also named a Best Place to Work in 2021, a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award

SkyWest, Inc. has reported financial and operating results for Q1 2021, including net income of $36 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, compared to net income of $30 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for Q1 2020. Pre-tax income for Q1 2021 included $193 million in payroll support program grants received from U.S. Treasury Department (“U.S. Treasury”) reflected as a reduction to operating expenses.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer of SkyWest, said, “We continued to see improvement in the demand for our product during the first quarter. Our strategy of investing in our fleet and delivering flexible solutions with solid operating performance to our customers continues to position SkyWest well for long-term success. I want to thank the SkyWest team for their commitment to excellence through these dynamic and challenging circumstances.”

Financial Results

Revenue was $535 million in Q1 2021, down from $730 million in Q1 2020, or 27%, due to a significant reduction in the number of flights SkyWest was scheduled to operate under its flying agreements compared to the same period last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. SkyWest’s Q1 2021 completed departures and block hours were down 26% and 23%, respectively, from Q1 2020.

SkyWest deferred recognizing revenue on $21 million of fixed monthly payments received during Q1 2021. SkyWest will recognize the deferred revenue from the fixed monthly payments on a per-completed, block hour basis over the remaining contract term.

Operating expenses were $454 million in Q1 2021, down from $664 million in Q1 2020, or 32%. The reduction was due to $193 million in payroll support program grants received from U.S. Treasury under a payroll support program extension agreement (“PSP2”) reflected in the Q1 2021 results. Operating expenses were also down due to fewer flights operated in Q1 2021 compared to the same period last year, partially offset by an increase in maintenance expense on SkyWest’s CRJ700 fleet.

Capital and Liquidity

SkyWest had $836 million in cash and marketable securities at March 31, 2021, up from $826 million at December 31, 2020.

SkyWest has $665 million of available borrowings under its $725 million, five-year secured loan facility with U.S. Treasury under the CARES Act. SkyWest has until May 28, 2021 to borrow additional amounts under the facility and is evaluating its future utilization of the facility.

SkyWest has a $75 million line of credit facility with approximately $34 million of letters of credit issued under the facility and $41 million available under the line at March 31, 2021.

As previously announced, SkyWest entered into PSP2 with U.S. Treasury in January 2021 and received total proceeds of $233 million during Q1. In consideration for the funding, approximately $40 million was in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan and SkyWest issued to U.S. Treasury warrants to purchase 98,815 shares of SkyWest common stock at a strike price of $40.41. In April 2021, SkyWest received additional proceeds of approximately $35 million under PSP2. In consideration of the additional funding, approximately $10.5 million was in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan and SkyWest issued to U.S. Treasury warrants to purchase an additional 25,958 shares of SkyWest common stock at a strike price of $40.41.

Total debt at March 31, 2021 was $3.1 billion, down from $3.2 billion at December 31, 2021. Capital expenditures during Q1 2021 were $56 million for the purchase of four used CRJ700 aircraft, spare engines and other fixed assets.

As previously announced, SkyWest entered into a payroll support program 3 agreement (“PSP3”) with U.S. Treasury in April 2021 to receive total proceeds of approximately $250 million under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. SkyWest received half of the $250 million in April 2021 and expects to receive the remainder during the second quarter of 2021. In consideration for the funding, approximately $45 million will be in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan, and SkyWest will issue to U.S. Treasury warrants to purchase approximately 78,317 shares of SkyWest common stock at a strike price of $57.47.

Status Update on Previously Announced Agreements

SkyWest is coordinating with its major airline partners to optimize the timing of upcoming fleet deliveries under previously announced agreements in response to COVID-19 schedule reductions. The anticipated future delivery dates summarized below are based on currently available information and are subject to change.

Flying contract with Delta Air Lines (“Delta”)

  • One new CRJ900, financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest was delivered in Q1 2021,

Flying contract with American Airlines (“American”) for 20 E175 aircraft

  • 18 aircraft deliveries are anticipated in the second half of 2021 and two deliveries are expected in 2022. The aircraft are scheduled to be placed into service in 2022.
  • SkyWest anticipates financing the aircraft through debt,

Flying contract with American for CRJ700 aircraft

  • SkyWest placed nine used CRJ700s in service during Q1 2021.
  • SkyWest anticipates placing an additional 16 used CRJ700s into service over the remainder of 2021.
  • SkyWest expects to have 90 CRJ700s under agreement with American by the end of 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N703SK (msn 10139) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937551.

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SkyWest, Inc. announces fourth quarter and annual 2020 results

SkyWest Inc. issued this financial statement:

Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

  • Q4 2020 pre-tax loss of $59 million, net loss of $46 million, or $0.93 loss per share
  • Full year 2020 pre-tax loss of $7 million, net loss of $9 million, or $0.17 loss per share
  • Full year 2020 revenue of $2.1 billion, down 28% from 2019 due to COVID-19
  • As previously announced:

SkyWest, Inc. reported financial and operating results for Q4 2020, including a net loss of $46 million, or $0.93 loss per share, compared to net income of $73 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, for Q4 2019. SkyWest also reported a net loss of $9 million, or $0.17 loss per share, for the 2020 year, compared to net income of $340 million, or $6.62 per diluted share, for the 2019 year. The primary factor in SkyWest’s lower results in 2020 compared to 2019 was reduced flight schedules and lower demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer of SkyWest, said, “The past year has challenged our industry, our business, and our people beyond what anyone could have anticipated, and we responded quickly and aggressively to protect our people, our partners, and our business. I’m incredibly proud of the SkyWest team’s great work and the flexibility they continue to demonstrate. We believe we’re in a strong position to play a key role in the industry’s recovery and we remain committed to positioning SkyWest for future success.”

Financial Results Revenue was $590 million in Q4 2020, down from $744 million in Q4 2019, or 21%, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused a significant reduction in the number of scheduled flights SkyWest operated under its flying agreements compared to the same period last year. Sequentially, revenue in Q4 2020 was up from $457 million Q3 2020, or 29%, due to improvements in demand for our scheduled flights. Total block hours in Q4 2020 were down 27% from Q4 2019 and up 20% from Q3 2020.

 

Capital and Liquidity SkyWest had $826 million in cash and marketable securities at December 31, 2020, up from $822 million at September 30, 2020 and $520 million at December 31, 2019.

SkyWest has $665 million available under its $725 million, five-year secured loan facility with the U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) under the CARES Act. SkyWest has until May 28, 2021 to borrow additional amounts under the facility.

SkyWest has a $75 million line of credit facility with approximately $35 million of letters of credit issued under the facility and $40 million available under the line at December 31, 2020.

As previously announced, SkyWest entered into a payroll support program extension agreement with Treasury in January 2021 to receive a total of approximately $233 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. SkyWest received half of the $233 million in January 2021 and expects to receive the second half in February 2021. In consideration for the funding, approximately $40 million will be in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan, and SkyWest will issue to Treasury warrants to purchase approximately 98,815 shares of SkyWest common stock at a strike price of $40.41.

During 2020, SkyWest received $450 million under the payroll support program with Treasury under the CARES Act. In consideration for the funding, $105 million was in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan. SkyWest recognized the $345 million in grant proceeds as a reduction to expense during the 2020 year, of which $3 million was recognized in Q4 2020.

Total debt at December 31, 2020 was $3.2 billion, up from $3.1 billion at September 30, 2020 and $3.0 billion at December 31, 2019. Capital expenditures during Q4 2020 included $230 million for the purchase of four new E175 aircraft and 22 used CRJ700 aircraft and $28 million for other maintenance assets. SkyWest issued $205 million in debt to acquire the E175 and CRJ700 aircraft in Q4 2020.

Status Update on Previously Announced Deals SkyWest is coordinating with its major airline partners to optimize the timing of upcoming fleet deliveries under previously announced deals in response to COVID-19 schedule reductions. The anticipated future delivery dates summarized below are based on currently available information and are subject to change.

Flying contract with Delta Air Lines (“Delta”)

  • Four new E175 aircraft financed by SkyWest were delivered in Q4 2020
  • One new CRJ900 aircraft to be financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest is scheduled for delivery in 2021

Flying contract with American Airlines (“American”) for 20 E175 aircraft

  • 18 aircraft deliveries are anticipated in the second half of 2021 and two deliveries are expected in 2022. The aircraft are scheduled to be placed into service in 2022.
  • SkyWest anticipates financing the aircraft through debt

Flying contract with American for CRJ700 aircraft

  • SkyWest has 65 CRJ700 aircraft in service with American as of December 31, 2020
  • SkyWest anticipates placing 25 additional CRJ700 aircraft into service with American ratably throughout 2021
  • SkyWest anticipates using its own aircraft not currently under contract with a partner to fulfill this agreement

Flying contract with Delta for CRJ200 aircraft SkyWest’s capacity purchase agreement with Delta for CRJ200 aircraft expired at the end of 2020 and was not extended. SkyWest has no outstanding financing obligations on the CRJ200 aircraft removed from the Delta contract and these aircraft are fully depreciated. SkyWest’s prorate flying arrangement for CRJ200 aircraft with Delta did not terminate as of December 31, 2020.

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SkyWest to receive $233 million through a Payroll Support Program extension under 2021 Appropriations Act

SkyWest, Inc. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary SkyWest Airlines has entered into a Payroll Support Program Extension Agreement with the U.S. Treasury Department to receive a total of approximately $233 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. SkyWest received half of the $233 million today and expects to receive the second half in February 2021. In consideration for the funding, approximately $40 million will be in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan, and SkyWest will issue to the U.S. Treasury Department warrants to purchase approximately 98,815 shares of SkyWest common stock at a strike price of $40.41.

The funds received under this Payroll Support Program will be used to pay for the wages, salaries and benefits of thousands of SkyWest Airlines employees. This Program includes certain restrictions similar to the original Payroll Support Program, including limitations on involuntary terminations and furloughs through March 31, 2021, restrictions on the payment of dividends and the repurchase of shares through March 31, 2022, the recall of involuntarily terminated or furloughed employees after Sept. 30 with pay from Dec. 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, and certain limitations on executive compensation through October 1, 2022.

Additionally, SkyWest also announced that SkyWest Airlines has entered into an amendment to its Loan and Guaranty Agreement with the U.S. Treasury Department extending the deadline pursuant to which SkyWest Airlines may borrow under the $725 million facility from March 26, 2021 to May 28, 2021. The other terms of the Loan and Guaranty Agreement were not amended and remain in effect.