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Alaska Airlines to resume full schedule at Paine Field by spring 2022

"Honoring those who serve"

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

With increasing confidence that air travel is on a steady climb to return to pre-pandemic levels in the coming year, Alaska Airlines is planning to resume our full schedule of 18 daily nonstop departures at Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport by spring 2022, possibly earlier. The airport in Everett, north of Seattle, remains very popular with our guests.

As part of the path to recovery, we’ll have 13 daily departures at Paine Field later this fall – up from five now – as we bring back more destinations, increase flight frequencies and even add an exciting new route to Tucson, Arizona.

On June 17, Alaska will fly to five destinations from Everett: Las Vegas, Orange County, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco. Here’s more of what’s ahead at Paine Field:

  • On Sept. 8, we’ll jump to 11 daily departures to seven destinations as we add two flights a day to both Boise and Spokane, along with second daily flights to both Las Vegas and Phoenix.
  • On Oct. 7, we bring back our seasonal flight to Palm Springs.
  • On Nov. 19, we’ll launch our new seasonal service to Tucson, another popular getaway for wintertime warmth in the desert.

That means, just in time for the holiday travel season, Alaska will have 13 daily departures to nine destinations from the north Puget Sound airport that’s easy to get in and out of.

Horizon Air provides the all-jet service for our flights that serve Paine Field with the Embraer 175 aircraft, which features First Class and Premium Class, and only window and aisle seating – there are no middle seats. Guests can enjoy hundreds of free movies and TV shows available for viewing on personal devices; free texting on most flights; and Wi-Fi connectivity for purchase.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N651QX (msn 17000812) (Honoring those who serve) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947388.

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Alaska to grow its fleet by 30 aircraft, will add Belize City

First MAX 9 for Alaska Airlines, in service March 1, 2021 SEA-SAN

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

With recovery on the horizon, Alaska Airlines is taking advantage of strategic opportunities by adding 30 mainline and regional aircraft to fulfill capacity needs in the years ahead. And as more travelers search for additional leisure getaways, Alaska will begin flying to Belize City, Belize.

Growing the Alaska Air Group fleet

Alaska expects domestic travel to return to pre-COVID levels by the summer of 2022, which will require more aircraft across Air Group. To prime the airline for growth, Alaska is taking the following actions:

  • Adding 17 new Embraer 175 jets to the regional fleet in 2022 and 2023 – nine to be operated by Horizon Air and eight by SkyWest.
  • Exercising options for 13 Boeing 737-9 MAX deliveries in 2023 and 2024.

"Honoring Those Who Serve"

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N651QX (msn 17000812) (Honoring those who serve) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947748.

The 17 regional aircraft additions grow Air Group’s regional fleet to 111 planes: 71 at Horizon and 40 with SkyWest. Horizon will receive its nine additional E175s in the next two years: five scheduled for delivery in 2022 and four in 2023. This is in addition to three existing firm E175 orders to be operated by Horizon. All eight SkyWest aircraft will enter service for Alaska in 2022.

Photo: Alaska Airlines. In order to fly the 737-9, pilots are required to take eight hours of flight simulator and computer-based training that focus on the operation of the MAX. The pilot training program for the MAX is more extensive than what’s required by the FAA.

Alaska announced a restructured agreement with Boeing in December 2020 to acquire 68 737-9 MAX aircraft between 2021 to 2024, with options for another 52 deliveries between 2023 and 2026. The airline will accept the first 13 options over two years: nine in 2023 and four in 2024.

Alaska adds Belize to its international destinations

Alaska also announced today new nonstop service to Belize City, Belize, in Central America from the West Coast. Belize will be the fourth country Alaska flies to from its West Coast hubs, joining Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Routes and schedules to Belize will be announced when ticket sales begin in early June.

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Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N915AK (msn 44080) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947423.

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Mesa Air Group reports fourth quarter and full-year fiscal year 2020 profit

Mesa Air Group, Inc. reported fourth quarter and full-year fiscal 2020 financial and operating results.

Fiscal 2020 Q4 Highlights

  • EPS of $0.32, Full Year $0.78
  • Year-end cash increased by $34.5 million to $99.4 million

Recent Updates

  • Amended capacity purchase agreement with American to operate 40 CRJ-900s for a five-year term
  • Commenced cargo operations for DHL with two Boeing 737-400F 
  • Added 10 new E175 aircraft to our United fleet in November and December
  • Entered into a $195 million loan under the CARES Act with the U.S. Treasury 

Mesa’s Q4 2020 results reflect net income of $11.4 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to net income of $12.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share for Q4 2019. Mesa Q4 2020 results include, per GAAP, the deferral of $7.8 million of revenue, all of which was billed and paid by American and United during the quarter and will be recognized over the remaining terms of the contracts. Mesa’s Adjusted EBITDA1 for Q4 2020 was $44.6 million, compared to $50.8 million in Q4 2019, and Adjusted EBITDAR1 was $54.2 million for Q4 2020, compared to $61.9 million in Q4 2019. For Q4 2020 revenue was $108.0 million, a reduction of $79.8 million (42%) from $187.8 for Q4 2019 primarily due to the reduced flying as a result of COVID-19. During the quarter Mesa recognized $40.8 million as an offset to wages and salaries related to the previously announced Payroll Support Program Agreement (“PSP”), which required Mesa to retain all of its employees.

Operationally, the Company ran a 99.8% controllable completion factor, compared to 99.0% in Q4 2019, and a total completion factor of 98.2%, which primarily includes weather, close-in capacity reductions driven by reduced demand, and other uncontrollable cancellations, compared to 96.9% in Q4 2019.

Full Year

Mesa reported net income of $27.5 million, or $0.78 per diluted share for the 2020 fiscal year, compared to net income of $47.6 million, or $1.36 per diluted share for the 2019 fiscal year. Excluding special items for both periods, adjusted net income1 was $27.5 million or $0.78 per diluted share for the 2020 fiscal year, compared to $57.5 million or $1.64 per diluted share for the 2019 fiscal year. Mesa fiscal 2020 results include, per GAAP, the deferral of $23.8 million of revenue, all of which was billed and paid by American and United during the year and will be recognized over the remaining terms of the contracts. Mesa’s Adjusted EBITDA1 was $163.3 million in fiscal year 2020, compared to $208.7 million in fiscal year 2019 and Adjusted EBITDAR was $212.1 million in fiscal year 2020, compared to $260.9 million in fiscal year 2019. For fiscal year 2020, revenue was $545.1 million, a reduction of $178.3 million (25%) from $723.4 million for fiscal year 2019, primarily due to the reduced flying as a result of COVID-19. During the year, Mesa recognized $83.8 million as an offset to wages and salaries related to the previously announced Payroll Support Program Agreement (“PSP”), which required Mesa to retain all of its employees as of April 20, 2020.

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1 See Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures

Operationally, we ran a 99.9% controllable completion factor compared to 99.4% in 2019 and a 94.8% total completion factor, which includes weather, close-in capacity reductions driven by reduced demand, and other uncontrollable cancellations and flights, compared to 97.0% in 2019.

We are providing the following Block Hour and Pass-Through Maintenance Expense Guidance going forward:

BLOCK HOURS Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
FY2020 Actuals 115,562 108,305 31,622 57,622
FY2021 Guidance 68,000 73,000 * *

 

PASS THROUGH MTC Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
FY2020 Actuals 7.4 9.1 (2.5) 9.3 23.3
FY2021 Guidance 15.0 13.0 7.0 5.0 40.0

*to be provided in subsequent quarters

United Express-Mesa Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175)  N85373 (msn 17000865) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 952304.

Above Copyright Photo: United Express-Mesa Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N85373 (msn 17000865) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 952304.

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United to drop San Francisco – Paine Field service

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N152SY (msn 17000549) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 948984.

United Airlines will drop United Express (SkyWest Airlines) service from its San Francisco hub to Everett, WA (Paine Field) on March 4, 2020.

The route is operating with three roundtrips daily with Embraer 175 aircraft.

United will continue to serve PAE from its Denver hub.

Top Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N152SY (msn 17000549) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 948984.

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Mesa Air Group adds new aircraft, extends contract with United Airlines

Mesa Air Group has made this announcement:

  • Adding 20 new Embraer E175 LL aircraft under a 12-year capacity purchase agreement
  • Extension on 42 United-owned Embraer E175s for five years
  • Existing 20 CRJ-700 aircraft to be leased to another United Express carrier

Mesa Air Group, Inc. has announced it will add 20 new Embraer E175 LL aircraft to its United Express fleet. The aircraft will be owned and financed by Mesa and be covered under a 12-year capacity purchase agreement. The E175 LL features 70 seats in a three-class configuration. Deliveries are scheduled to begin May 2020 and expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

The parties are also extending the contract for 42 E175s for an additional five years. The aircraft, which are owned by United, are now contracted through the end of 2024 with rights to extend through 2027. The 18 Mesa-owned E175s are contracted through 2028.

The transaction will result in Mesa’s United Express operation becoming all Embraer 175 aircraft with long-term contracts and, following the new deliveries, an average age of 3.7 years. The company also expects the shift to a single fleet type to improve utilization of crew and maintenance resources across its United Express system.

In connection with the deal, Mesa’s 20 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft will be leased to another United Express carrier (GoJet) for a term of seven years.

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Above Copyright Photo: United Express-Mesa Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N87303 (msn 17000398) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403608.

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About Mesa Air Group, Inc.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Mesa Air Group, Inc. is the holding company of Mesa Airlines, a regional air carrier providing scheduled passenger service to 147 cities in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, Cuba and the Bahamas. As of November 30th, 2019, Mesa operated a fleet of 145 aircraft with approximately 749 daily departures and 3,400 employees. Mesa operates all of its flights as either American Eagle or United Express flights pursuant to the terms of capacity purchase agreements entered into with American Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines, Inc.

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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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Current routes flown by SkyWest Airlines for Alaska Airlines:

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.

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Alaska Airlines announces new service between Paine Field and Spokane

Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N629QX (msn 17000683) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947300.

Alaska Airlines announced today it will launch daily nonstop service between Spokane International Airport and Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport in Everett on November 4.

 

Spokane becomes the 10th destination served by Alaska at the new terminal in Everett.

Effective Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Nov. 4, 2019 Everett-Spokane 7:55 p.m. 9:10 p.m. Daily E175
Nov. 5, 2019 Spokane-Everett 7:40 a.m. 8:55 a.m. Daily E175

Alaska started commercial service at Paine Field on March 4, 2019. In that short time, flying in and out of Everett has become a popular, convenient option for many travelers, especially those who live north of Seattle who don’t want to drive to Sea-Tac Airport. As of late July, nearly 300,000 guests have flown Alaska’s flights at Paine Field.

All Alaska flights at Paine Field are operated by Horizon Air with jet service using the Embraer 175 aircraft, which features a three-class cabin. From Paine Field, guests can currently fly to eight destinations: Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, California.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N629QX (msn 17000683) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947300.

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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: