SkyWest orders Embraer E175 Jets
By Wings Staff
SkyWest Inc., the holding company for SkyWest Airlines and SkyWest Leasing based in St. George, Utah, placed a firm order for seven Embraer E175 jets in a 70-seat configuration. SkyWest will operate the aircraft for Delta. The order is valued at US$340 million, based on 2019 list prices, with deliveries expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019.
“Since 2013, SkyWest has purchased more than 160 E175s, including these seven, in order to expand their large fleet of Embraer aircraft,” said Charlie Hillis, VP, sales and marketing, North America, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “This latest order is one more milestone in our partnership.”
SkyWest Airlines has a fleet of nearly 500 aircraft connecting millions of passengers to cities throughout North America with nearly 2,500 daily flights. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines to carry more than 38 million passengers annually.
“Having a long-time partner like Embraer, who understands us and our business, has allowed us to enhance our fleet mix and ensure efficiency and agility in our network,” said Chip Childs, president and CEO of SkyWest. “The E175 continues to perform very well and is an important part of our growing fleet.”
As an early customer for the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft, SkyWest’s history of working with Embraer stretches over some 30 years. For its modern E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,500 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets – covering a 70- to 150-seat range – are flying in the fleet of 80 customers in 50 countries.