SkyWest Orders 20 Embraer E175s to be Operated Within the American Airlines Network
Embraer announced Thursday that U.S. regional carrier SkyWest has signed a firm order for 20 Embraer E175 jets. Although SkyWest already operates the aircraft type, this will be the first time the E-Jets will be operated by SkyWest as American Eagle.
Yesterday, Embraer announced that SkyWest has signed a firm order for 20 Embraer E175 regional jets. The deal is valued at $972M (list prices) and has already been included in Embraer’s fourth quarter order book. The aircraft will be arranged in a 76 seat configuration and will be operated by SkyWest on behalf of American Airlines. SkyWest expects deliveries of the new aircraft to begin during the second half of 2020. In Thursday’s announcement, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s Vice President – Sales and Marketing North America, Charlie Hills said,
“Embraer and SkyWest enjoy a partnership marked by a longstanding history of service to the mainline carriers, and we relish the opportunity to break new ground. Today, we are excited to announce that these 20 new aircraft will be the first E-Jets operated by SkyWest within the American Airlines network.”
Also commenting on Thursday’s announcement, SkyWest’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Chip Childs added,
“We’re pleased to continue advancing our position in the industry with this latest order of new Embraer aircraft. We appreciate the long-standing partnership with Embraer and look forward to operating this outstanding aircraft for all four of our mainline partners.”
SkyWest’s long relationship with Embraer began in 1986 when the carrier began operating Embraer Brasilia 120 turboprops. Including Thursday’s order, SkyWest has now purchased a total of 180 E175s since 2013.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest operates up to 2,500 daily flights to more than 250 destinations with a fleet of nearly 500 aircraft. Through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, SkyWest carries around 40M passengers annually. The regional carrier employs over 14,000 team members and services cities throughout North America.