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Alaska Airlines expands West Coast service between Pacific Northwest and California

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N400SY (msn 17000732) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947332.

Alaska Airlines has reaffirmed its commitment to the West Coast with new, nonstop service from the Pacific Northwest and the state of Alaska in the north, and from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego in the south.

Starting in early January, guests will be able to travel eight new routes:

  • Spokane to Los Angeles (two daily departures)
  • Spokane to San Francisco (two daily departures)
  • Redmond / Bend, Oregon to Los Angeles
  • Redmond / Bend, Oregon to San Diego
  • Redmond / Bend, Oregon to San Francisco
  • Boise to Los Angeles (two daily departures)
  • Missoula, Montana to Los Angeles
  • Anchorage to San Francisco

New Spokane service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Jan. 7 Spokane-Los Angeles 7:00 a.m. 9:40 a.m. Daily E175
Jan. 7 Spokane-Los Angeles 4:40 p.m. 7:20 p.m. Daily E175
Jan. 7 Los Angeles-Spokane 9:30 a.m. 12:10 p.m. Daily E175
Jan. 7 Los Angeles-Spokane 8:05 p.m. 10:45 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Spokane-San Francisco 7:00 a.m. 9:28 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 Spokane-San Francisco 4:20 p.m. 5:49 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 San Francisco-Spokane 9:00 a.m. 11:12 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 San Francisco-Spokane 7:35 p.m. 9:47 p.m. Daily E175

New Redmond / Bend service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Jan. 7 Redmond / Bend-

Los Angeles

6:00 p.m. 8:50 p.m. Daily E175
Jan. 7 Los Angeles-

Redmond / Bend

8:00 a.m. 10:39 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Redmond / Bend-

San Diego

11:40 a.m. 2:08 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 San Diego-

Redmond / Bend

2:50 p.m. 5:19 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Redmond / Bend-

San Francisco

7:00 a.m. 8:38 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 San Francisco-

Redmond / Bend

 6:35 p.m. 8:14 p.m. Daily E175

New Boise service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
March 19 Boise-Los Angeles 7:45 a.m. 8:58 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 Boise-Los Angeles 4:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Los Angeles-Boise 8:30 a.m. 11:33 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 Los Angeles-Boise 7:55 p.m. 10:58 p.m. Daily E175

New Missoula service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
March 19 Missoula-Los Angeles 7:00 p.m. 8:59 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Los Angeles-Missoula 2:45 p.m. 6:24 p.m. Daily E175

New Anchorage service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
April 21 Anchorage-

San Francisco

11:45 a.m. 5:25 p.m. Daily 737
April 21 San Francisco-
Anchorage
9:45 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Daily 737

Alaska is also increasing the frequency of flights between certain markets:

  • Beginning January 7, there will be an additional flight between San Francisco and Orange County, California, for a total of seven daily nonstops. On March 19, there will be the addition of a second daily flight between San Francisco and Chicago O’Hare.
  • On January 7, the flight between San Diego and Orlando, which is currently flown five times a week, becomes daily nonstop service. Starting March 19, second daily flights will begin between San Diego and Boise, and San Diego and Santa Rosa, California. Also on March 19, nonstop service between San Diego and San Jose, California, increases from four to six flights daily. On May 21, a second daily flight between San Diego and Boston goes into service.

A majority of the new routes will be served by the Embraer 175 jet, an aircraft with only window and aisle seating – no middle seats. On all of the new routes, guests will enjoy award-winning service in a three-class cabin that includes First Class and Premium Class; a fresh, seasonal food and beverage menu; Most Free Movies in the Sky with hundreds of movies and TV shows available for viewing on personal devices; free texting on most flights; and Wi-Fi connectivity for purchase.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 46 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N400SY (msn 17000732) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947332.

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SkyWest, Inc. announces a first quarter 2019 profit

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N710SK (msn 10170) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946297.

SkyWest, Inc. today reported financial and operating results for Q1 2019, including net income of $88 million, or $1.69 per diluted share, compared to net income of $54 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, for Q1 2018. Adjusted net income in Q1 2019 was $69 million, up 27% from Q1 2018 primarily due to SkyWest’s ongoing fleet transition, as SkyWest has added 43 new aircraft since Q1 2018, and reduced aircraft ownership costs resulting from early lease buyouts executed in early 2019.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said, “This quarter was significant for SkyWest as we move forward as one airline with a smaller, but more efficient footprint.  Our team performed well this quarter through a series of severe weather events.  We are encouraged with our progress and are working together with our 14,000 employees to deliver the best possible product to our partners.”

Financial Highlights
Revenue was $724 million in Q1 2019, down from $783 million in Q1 2018 due to the sale of ExpressJet Airlines (“ExpressJet”) in January 2019. Excluding ExpressJet revenue in both periods, revenue increased to $700 million in Q1 2019 from $622 million in Q1 2018 primarily from the impact of adding 35 new E175 and eight new CRJ900 aircraft since Q1 2018.

Operating expenses were $627 million in Q1 2019, down from $695 million in Q1 2018 due to the sale of ExpressJet. Excluding ExpressJet operating expenses in both periods, operating expenses increased to $599 million in Q1 2019 from $528 million in Q1 2018, primarily from the additional aircraft placed into service, higher labor costs and special item operating expenses in Q1 2019.

The adjusted results for the quarter exclude $24.7 million of pre-tax earnings comprised of the gain on the sale of ExpressJet of $46.6 million (pre-tax) and a $21.9 million (pre-tax) expense primarily due to a non-cash write-off of aircraft manufacturer part credits forfeited to settle future lease return obligations.

Operational Update
Flying contract extension
SkyWest announced today that it has agreed to a multi-year extension with American Airlines on 38 CRJ700 aircraft (top).  These aircraft previously had contract maturities scheduled to begin in late 2019.  SkyWest also expects to add two used CRJ700 aircraft to the American contract in Q2 2019 under a multi-year term.

Lease agreement with a third-party for 29 CRJ700 aircraft
SkyWest also announced today that it has agreed to lease 29 CRJ700 aircraft to a third-party for a ten-year term, subject to the finalization of their flying contract.  SkyWest anticipates the aircraft will be placed under lease in increments from mid-2019 to mid-2020.

Delivery schedule under previously announced agreements
E175 aircraft to be financed by SkyWest and operated for Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines:

  • Took delivery of one aircraft during Q1 2019 (Delta contract)
  • Scheduled to take delivery of four aircraft in Q2 2019 (Delta contract)
  • Scheduled to take delivery of four aircraft in mid-2020 (Delta contract)
  • Scheduled to take delivery of three aircraft in 2021 (Alaska contract)

SkyWest expects to remove a used CRJ900 aircraft from its contract with Delta as each of these ERJ175 aircraft is placed into service with Delta (total of nine CRJ900 expected removals).  As previously announced, SkyWest anticipates leasing five CRJ900s to a third party under a six-year term and returning four CRJ900s to a lessor following removal of service with Delta.

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

  • Took delivery of three aircraft during Q1 2019
  • Scheduled to take delivery of four aircraft in mid-2019
  • Scheduled to take delivery of eight aircraft 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.

Joint venture with Regional One
SkyWest entered into a joint venture with Regional One during Q1 2019.  The primary purpose of the joint venture is to lease spare engines to third parties.  SkyWest anticipates initiating transactions through the joint venture beginning in Q2 2019, including the transfer of 14 engines into the joint venture.

Previously announced transactions that closed in Q1 2019
In January 2019, SkyWest completed the previously announced sale of ExpressJet to ManaAir, LLC.  The transaction was completed in two parts, through an asset sale and stock sale, for an aggregate sales price of $77 million.  SkyWest loaned $26 million to ManaAir in conjunction with the closing.

SkyWest also completed the previously-announced early leveraged lease buyout on 16 CRJ700s and 36 CRJ200s.  SkyWest used $110 million in Q1 2019 to acquire these aircraft off lease.  SkyWest assumed no debt on these aircraft.

Capital and Liquidity
SkyWest had $544 million in cash and marketable securities at March 31, 2019, down from $689 million at December 31, 2018. During the first quarter of 2019, SkyWest:

  • Used $110 million to acquire 52 CRJ aircraft under an early lease buyout
  • Used $90 million to acquire 16 used CRJ700s previously operated and leased by a SkyWest entity. SkyWest anticipates leasing the majority of airframes and engines to third parties and using a portion of aircraft components as spare parts.
  • Received $51 million net cash from the sale of ExpressJet
  • Used $25 million to repurchase stock, of which $21 million was purchased under SkyWest’s $250 million share repurchase program approved during Q1 2019
  • Used $4 million toward the purchase of one E175 aircraft
  • Used $28 million for other capital investments, primarily related to spare engines, aircraft parts and maintenance assets

Total debt at March 31, 2019 was $3.1 billion, down from $3.2 billion as of December 31, 2018.   Q1 2019 ending debt balance included debt issued for one E175 aircraft acquired during the quarter, offset by principal payments.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N710SK (msn 10170) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946297.

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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.

Alaska to drop two routes to Albuquerque

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N197SY (msn 17000709) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942038.

Alaska Airlines is planning to drop two routes from Albuquerque in January.

According to Airline Route, the carrier will drop the Albuquerque – Orange County and Albuquerque – San Francisco routes on January 6, 2019.

Both routes are operated by SkyWest Airlines.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N197SY (msn 17000709) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942038.

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Alaska Airlines announces new nonstop service between San Diego and Spokane, Washington

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N175SY (msn 17000527) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 942382.

Alaska Airlines is planning to add new daily nonstop service between San Diego and Spokane, Washington. The new service, which is scheduled to begin on October 1, will be the only nonstop flight offered between the two cities.

Start Date

City pair

Departs

Arrives

Frequency

Aircraft

Oct. 1

San Diego – Spokane

5:40 p.m.

8:25 p.m.

Daily

E175

Oct. 2

Spokane – San Diego

7:10 a.m.

9:55 a.m.

Daily

E175

Flight times based on local time zones.

This year, Alaska will average 46 daily departures to 28 destinations from San Diego, including the most nonstop flights to Mexico and Hawaii.

The route will be flown with Embraer 175 jets. The aircraft features a three-class cabin, including first class and Premium Class – which provides more legroom, early boarding and complimentary drinks. And on the E175, every seat is along a window or the aisle; there are no middle seats.

Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N175SY (msn 17000527) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 942382.

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Alaska Airlines to drop two routes

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N174SY (msn 17000517) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941132.

Alaska Airlines will drop two routes in the spring according to Airline Route:

Portland, OR – St. Louis (SkyWest E175)

San Francisco – Denver (A320)

Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N174SY (msn 17000517) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941132.

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Alaska unveils 13 daily departures to 8 destinations from Everett Paine Field

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940625.

Alaska Airlines, the Seattle-area’s hometown airline, announced today new daily nonstop service from Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington. When commercial service begins at the airport in the fall, Alaska will offer 13 nonstop departures to eight cities every day with premium service and low fares, further working to become the go-to airline for anyone living on the West Coast.

 

Alaska’s all-jet service will connect Paine Field to Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Phoenix; Portland; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, California. Flight frequencies for each destination along with departure and arrival times will be announced later in 2018, subject to government approval.

With Alaska’s new service from Paine Field, those looking to catch a flight north of Seattle and all around the North Sound (home to more than 1 million people) will have a new travel option closer to home. That’ll mean less driving to go farther south, saving time and fuel.

All Paine Field services will be operated by Horizon Air (below).

Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N622QX (msn 17000651) SEA (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940650.

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N622QX (msn 17000651) SEA (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940650.

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Flights from Paine Field will offer three classes of service: first class, premium class and main cabin. Guests will enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity, more than 200 free movies and TV shows that can be streamed on personal devices and free texting while onboard.

Propeller Airports and Snohomish County are currently building the new, state-of-the-art terminal at Paine Field. It’s set to open in fall 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Alaska Airlines): Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940625.

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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.

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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 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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