SkyWest To Add 22 RJs
SkyWest Airlines last month said it plans to acquire 22 more regional jets as part of a strategy to retire 23 Embraer Brasilia turboprops and add 66-seat jet capacity to its United Express network. SkyWest also intends to swap four 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s for four RJs configured with 76 seats under its Delta Connection banner. SkyWest emphasized that it hasn’t decided on the make of the airplanes, but that it anticipates deliveries would begin late next year and continue through 2009.
It also said the turboprop retirements would occur generally in symphony with deliveries of the new RJs.