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SkyWest Airlines

SkyWest Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1972

As American Eagle:

As Alaska Airlines:

As Delta Connection:

As United Express:

Frequent-flyer program AAdvantage
(American Eagle, US Airways Express)
Mileage Plan
(Alaska Airlines)
(Delta Connection)
(United Express)
Alliance SkyTeam (Delta Connection)
Star Alliance (United Express)
Oneworld (American Eagle, US Airways Express)
Fleet size 341[2]
Destinations 189[2]
Parent company SkyWest, Inc.
Headquarters [2]
Key people Jerry Atkin (CEO), Mike Thompson (COO)

SkyWest Airlines is a North American airline owned by

  • SkyWest Airlines
  • SkyWest Inc.
  • SkyWest Magazine inflight magazine
  • SkyWest Airlines fleet

External links

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  • 1987: Named Commuter/Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World[47]
  • 2000: Named Top Regional Airline of the Year by Professional Pilot Magazine[48]
  • 2000: Named Best Managed Regional Airline by Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine[49]
  • 2001: Named Best Managed Regional Airline by Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine[50]
  • 2002: Named Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World[47]
  • 2003: Named Number One On-Time Mainland Airline by the Department of Transportation[51]
  • 2003: Jerry Atkin named Regional Jet Executive of the Year by Commuter/Regional Airline News[52]
  • 2004: Named Number One On-Time Mainland Airline by the Department of Transportation[51]
  • 2004: Received an Aviation Maintenance Technician Gold Award from the FAA[53]
  • 2005: Named Number One On-Time Mainland Airline by the Department of Transportation[51]
  • 2005: Named Best Managed Transportation Company by Forbes Magazine[54]
  • 2005: Received an Aviation Maintenance Technician Gold Award from the FAA[55]
  • 2006: Received an Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Award from the FAA[56]
  • 2007: Received the first Bombardier Airline Reliability Performance Award for the Americas (CRJ100/200 and CRJ700/900 categories)[57]
  • 2008: Received the Bombardier Airline Reliability Performance Award for the Americas (CRJ100/200 category)[58]
  • 2010: Received the Bombardier Airline Reliability Performance Award for the North America (CRJ100/200 category)[59]
  • 2011: Received the Bombardier Airline Reliability Performance Award for the North America (CRJ100/200 category)[60]
  • 2011: Received an Aviation Maintenance Technician Gold Award from the FAA[61]
  • 2012: Received the Fly Quiet Regional Airline Award from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport[62]
  • 2012: Received the Bombardier Airline Reliability Performance Award for the North America (CRJ100/200 and CRJ700/900 categories)[63]
  • 2012: Received an Aviation Maintenance Technician Gold Award from the FAA[64]
  • 2013: Named Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World[47]

Awards and recognition

  • January 15, 1987: SkyWest Airlines Flight 1834 a Fairchild Metro collided with a Mooney M20 transporting an instructor and a student, while on a flight between Pocatello to Salt Lake City in the vicinity of Kearns. All 10 people on Flight 1834 and the two occupants of the Mooney were killed. The accident was found to be a navigation error of the student pilot aboard the Mooney.[37]
  • January 15, 1990: SkyWest Airlines Flight 5855, a Fairchild Metro collided with terrain during an instrument approach to Elko, Nevada. There were 4 serious and 9 minor injuries.
  • February 1, 1991: SkyWest Airlines Flight 5569, a Fairchild Metro was awaiting departure clearance on an active runway at Los Angeles for a scheduled flight between Los Angeles and Palmdale when USAir Flight 1493 arriving from Columbus, Ohio collided with it while it was landing. Skywest 5569 was directed to move onto runway 24L for takeoff and hold in position at the intersection of taxiway 45. US1493 was cleared to land on 24L one minute later by the same local controller. One minute later, the 737 touched down, then landed on the SkyWest Metro, which was still holding in position 2400' from the runway threshold. The two planes slid down the runway, then off to the side, coming to rest against an unoccupied firehouse, and burst into flames. All 12 people on the Metro were killed (10 passengers and 2 pilots), and 22 of the 89 aboard the 737 perished (20 passengers, 1 pilot and 1 flight attendant). The cause was found to be Air Traffic Controller Error.
  • May 21, 1997: SkyWest Flight 724, an Embraer EMB-120, N198SW, experienced a total loss of engine power to the right engine and associated engine fire, followed by a total loss of all airplane hydraulic systems, after takeoff from San Diego International-Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The 2 pilots, 1 flight attendant, and 14 passengers were not injured. Skywest Airlines, Inc., was operating the airplane as a scheduled, domestic, passenger flight under 14 CFR Part 121. The flight was destined for Los Angeles, California. It diverted to Miramar NAS, San Diego, where it landed at 14:27 military time. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and an IFR flight plan was filed.
  • May 26, 2007: SkyWest Airlines flight 5741, an Embraer 120, was involved in a serious runway incursion when the plane nearly collided with Republic Airlines flight 4912, an Embraer 170, on intersecting runways at San Francisco. There were no reported injuries to passengers and no reported damage to either aircraft. According to the NTSB the FAA traffic controller was at fault and the aircraft were between 50 and 300 feet apart.
  • January 13, 2008: A United Airlines Boeing 757 jet with maintenance workers on board at San Francisco International Airport backed into SkyWest Airlines Flight 6398, a Bombardier CRJ700 carrying 60 passengers and crew. The collision occurred at 7:30 p.m. as the 757 was being taken out of service and being moved without passengers from Gate 80 to a hangar for the night. The passengers on board the SkyWest plane were taken off the plane, which had left its gate and was waiting to depart to Boise, Idaho. Both planes suffered tail and engine damage, but no one on board either plane was injured.[38]
  • September 7, 2008: SkyWest Airlines flight 6430, a Bombardier CRJ700 operating as a United Express flight from Los Angeles, California ran off a runway after landing in San Antonio, Texas. An airport spokesman indicated that the aircraft appeared to be having mechanical difficulties, and resulted in the airport's primary runway being closed for two hours until the aircraft could be removed. No injuries were reported among the 52 passengers and four crew members on board.[39][40]
  • May 23, 2010: SkyWest Airlines flight 6467, a Bombardier CRJ200 operating as a United Express flight from San Francisco, California landed in Ontario, California with the nose gear retracted. No injuries were reported among the 24 passengers and three crew aboard.[41][42]
  • July 17, 2012: An out-of-service SkyWest Bombardier CRJ200 [44]
  • April 22, 2015: SkyWest Airlines flight 5622, which took off from Chicago-O'Hare bound for Hartford, Connecticut, made an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, after a passenger lost consciousness.[45]
  • May 11, 2015: SkyWest Flight 5316, a Bombardier CRJ200 operating as a United Express flight from Monterey, California to Los Angeles, California landed after its landing gear failed to fully deploy. The left wing scraped the ground on Runway 24 Left. All 40 passengers and three crew members safely deplaned and no injuries were reported.[46]

SkyWest Airlines has never been cited or found at fault in a fatal accident or incident. Incidents include:

Accidents and incidents

On December 16, 2011, SkyWest Airlines signed a three-year agreement with US Airways. The agreement calls for SkyWest to operate 14 CRJ200 regional jet aircraft as US Airways Express. SkyWest will operate all of these flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as a feeder operation for the airport. SkyWest also operates 4 CRJ900 regional jet aircraft on behalf of US Airways Express out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to various destinations.

US Airways

On September 12, 2012, SkyWest Airlines and American Airlines entered agreement. The agreement is a four-year agreement that allows SkyWest to handle some of its regional flying as a way to save money while American is in bankruptcy protection. SkyWest will fly 23 Bombardier CRJ200s under the American Eagle designation.

American Airlines

Alaska Airlines passengers flying on SkyWest flights qualify for Alaska Airlines’ MileagePlan frequent flier program.

SkyWest Airlines currently flies to 13 destinations throughout the United States and Canada for Alaska Airlines. Those cities include Boise, Burbank, Colorado Springs, Edmonton, Fresno, Omaha, Ontario (CA), Salt Lake City, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Jose (CA), Steamboat Springs/Hayden, and Tucson. New destinations in 2015 will include Bozeman, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and St. Louis.

On February 25, 2011, SkyWest Airlines entered an agreement with Alaska Airlines. The SkyWest Alaska Airlines agreement means that SkyWest operates and maintains its aircraft, while Alaska Airlines is responsible for scheduling, pricing and marketing the flights. As of 2015, SkyWest operates eight Bombardier CRJ-700s for Alaska Airlines. On November 25, 2014, Alaska Airlines announced SkyWest will operate seven two-class Embraer E-175 aircraft for Alaska Airlines from July 2015.[35] On June 1, 2015, Alaska Airlines announced that it would exercise its eight options on E-175s to replace the eight CRJ-700s SkyWest Airlines operates for a total of 15 E-175s.[36]

Alaska Airlines

The SkyWest United agreement ends on December 31, 2015. United has the option of extending the agreement for an additional five years. However, the agreement is subject to early termination if SkyWest or United fails to fulfill certain obligations agreed to under the code sharing agreement. The agreement will be terminated if SkyWest operations fall below certain performance levels for a period of three consecutive months. The agreement will also be cancelled if either airline files for bankruptcy or for reorganization. The agreement is also subject to early termination if SkyWest operates any aircraft that is supposed to be operated exclusively for United flights for any other purpose.

Under the agreement, United retains all air fares, cargo rates, mail charges and other revenues associated with each flight. SkyWest then receives from United a fixed fee for each flight hour, departure, passenger, and a fixed-fee for overhead and aircraft costs. [4] SkyWest also receives one time startup cost for each aircraft delivered. The code-sharing agreement also provides certain incentives based upon SkyWest performance. These incentives include on-time arrival performance and completion percentage rates. Direct operating costs are also reimbursed by United. These cost include fuel, aircraft ownership, and maintenance costs.

On July 31, 2003, SkyWest and United Express entered into a code sharing agreement. As of December 31, 2010, SkyWest Airlines operated 70 CRJ700s, 83 CRJ200s, and 44 Embraer 120 turboprops under the SkyWest United agreement. The airline is currently in the midst of retiring all of its Brasilia propjet aircraft. SkyWest flights are used provide feeder service between United hubs and smaller destinations.

United Airlines

SkyWest initially flew as a Delta Connection air carrier in the western U.S. beginning in 1986 operating Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia and Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner turboprops with service to destinations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming via a code sharing agreement with Delta.[16][34]

The SkyWest - Delta Connection agreement ends on September 8, 2020, unless Delta elects to use its option to extend the agreement for up to four five-year terms. The agreement can also be terminated with 30 days’ notice if SkyWest fails to meet the agreed upon obligations. These obligations include if SkyWest fails to conduct its flight operations and maintenance of its aircraft under the terms of the agreement or in compliance with government regulations. The contract can be terminated if SkyWest Airlines fails to maintain performance and safety requirements or if either airline files for bankruptcy or reorganization. The contract can also be terminated if SkyWest Airlines fails to maintain a competitive rate among other regional airlines.

Under the SkyWest - Delta Connection agreement, SkyWest Airlines receives from Delta reimbursement for all of the direct costs related to the flight; including fuel, ground handling, and maintenance, and aircraft ownership cost. SkyWest also receives a fixed payment for each completed flight hour.

On April 1, 1987, SkyWest and Delta Air Lines entered a code sharing agreement with SkyWest operating as the Delta Connection. SkyWest had previously operated a code sharing agreement with Western Airlines as Western Express since 1985. Western Airlines was merged into Delta Airlines on April 1, 1987. As of December 31, 2012, SkyWest Airlines operated 21 CRJ900s,13 CRJ700s, and 52 CRJ200s for Delta Connection. SkyWest Airlines operates these aircraft to provide feeder service between Delta hubs and other destinations chosen by Delta. As of December 31, 2012, SkyWest Airlines was operating approximately 519 Delta Connection flights per day.

Delta Air Lines

SkyWest Airlines has code sharing agreements with Delta, United, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and US Airways. These code sharing agreements allow SkyWest Airlines to operate as United Express, Delta Connection, US Airways Express, American Eagle, and Alaska Airlines. Delta, United, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and US Airways provide reservations, ticket sales, ground support services, and gate access while SkyWest Airlines handles the flight operations. Under all of SkyWest agreements, passengers are allowed to participate in the other airlines’ frequent flyer program.

SkyWest Airlines partnerships

SkyWest is currently considering a buy out of Great Lakes Aviation (GLUX) to create a pilot flow through for their jets. Purchasing Great Lakes would give SkyWest an additional 87 pilots as of AUG15.

SkyWest is to phase out its Embraer EMB 120 aircraft by summer 2015 to reduce costs and thereby transition to an all-jet fleet.[33]

In May 2013, SkyWest, Inc. came to an agreement with Embraer to purchase 100 E-175 Regional Jets, with an option for up to 100 more. Deliveries are slated to begin in April 2014. The first 40 aircraft will be flown by SkyWest Airlines, under a 12-year capacity purchase agreement with United Airlines, in a 76-seat, dual class configuration.[30] The following month, SkyWest, Inc. came to an agreement with Embraer to purchase 100 Embraer E175-E2 Regional Jets, with an option for up to 100 more. SkyWest Airlines will be the launch customer for these second generation E-Jets, with deliveries slated to begin in 2020.[31] In 2015 the airline signed an order for an additional 18 Embraer 175 aircraft with the first to be delivered in 2016 to fly under the United Express name.[32]

In July 2012, SkyWest, Inc, agreed to purchase 100 Mitsubishi MRJ90. The aircraft are scheduled to begin service in 2017.[27] In December 2012, SkyWest and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries confirmed a deal reached in July 2012 at the Farnborough Airshow for 100 MRJ90 aircraft, with an additional 100 options. Deliveries of the aircraft to SkyWest are scheduled to start in 2017. Due to Mitsubishi Aircraft development delays on the MRJ90 though, any optioned plane would not be delivered until after 2021.[28][29]


SkyWest will become an all-jet airline once the final Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia aircraft is retired.

According to the airline's website, at its inception SkyWest was operating all flights in the early 1970s with small propeller driven, piston engine aircraft including:[15]

SkyWest is also currently operating Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft; however, this type is now progressively being retired from the fleet with the last aircraft scheduled to leave service during the summer of 2015. The airline also previously operated Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner turboprops (Metro II and Metro III models).[15] In 1984, SkyWest was operating the largest Metro propjet fleet in the world with 26 aircraft and by 1991 the Metro fleet had grown to 35 aircraft with 15 Brasilia propjets being operated as well.[15] By 1994, the first jet, a Canadair CRJ-100, was added to the fleet and by 1996 all of the Metro propjets had been retired as they were progressively replaced with Brasilia aircraft.[15]

Type Active Orders Options Passengers Operated For Notes
F Y+ Y Total
Bombardier CRJ100 4 50 50 Delta Connection
2 United Express
1 SkyWest Airlines
Bombardier CRJ200 13 50 50 American Eagle
51 Delta Connection
69 United Express
14 American Eagle
12 SkyWest Airlines
Bombardier CRJ700 9 70 70 Alaska Airlines [25]
19 9 8 48 65 Delta Connection
70 6 16 48 70 United Express
Bombardier CRJ900 36 12 12 52 76 Delta Connection 3 aircraft leased from Endeavor Air[26]
Embraer E-175 3 12 12 64 76 Alaska Airlines
0 19 12 64 76 Delta Connection Deliveries Aug 2016 - Summer 2017
40 18 12 16 48 76 United Express Deliveries thru 2017
8 100 TBA TBA
Embraer E175-E2 100 100 TBA TBA Enter service in 2020
Mitsubishi MRJ90 100 100 TBA TBA Enter service in 2017
Total 343 257 300

As of July 2015, the SkyWest fleet consists of the following regional jet aircraft either in current operation or on order for future delivery:[24]

Current and future jet fleet


SkyWest flies to 180 destinations throughout North America including Denver International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Portland International Airport.[2]

An Alaska SkyWest CRJ-700 operated by SkyWest at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport


On November 15, 2012, SkyWest began a capacity purchase agreement with American Airlines for 12 CRJ200 aircraft from American's hub in Los Angeles, California.[23]

On September 6, 2011, AirTran Airways ended its codesharing and partnership with SkyWest.[21] Shortly after, SkyWest began a codesharing agreement with US Airways to operate CRJ200 aircraft from US Airways' hub in Phoenix, Arizona.[22]

In May 2011, SkyWest replaced six Horizon Air flights on the West Coast being operated for Alaska Airlines. The flights were based out of Seattle and Portland, and fly to several California cities including Fresno, Burbank, Santa Barbara and Ontario. Alaska Airlines has similar agreements with PenAir for Alaskan flights and Horizon Air for flights in the lower 48.[20]

On August 4, 2010, SkyWest, Inc. announced that it planned to acquire ExpressJet Airlines and merge it with SkyWest subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines in a deal reported to have a value of $133 million. The purchase aligned the largest commuter operations of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, who were in a merger process, and was approved on September 13, 2010, by the Federal Trade Commission.[19]

In 1985, SkyWest began Atlantic Southeast Airlines to the newly incorporated SkyWest, Inc. for $425 million in cash.[17] The acquisition was completed on September 8, 2005.[18]

Frustrated by the limited extent of existing air service, Salt Lake City in 1972.[12] After early struggles, SkyWest began steady expansion across the western U.S.. It became the eleventh largest regional carrier in 1984 when it acquired Sun Aire Lines of Palm Springs, California, and had its initial public offering in 1986.[13]

Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia in SkyWest livery
SkyWest Airlines headquarters in St. George, Utah



  • History 1
  • Destinations 2
  • Fleet 3
    • Current and future jet fleet 3.1
    • Future 3.2
  • SkyWest Airlines partnerships 4
    • Delta Air Lines 4.1
    • United Airlines 4.2
    • Alaska Airlines 4.3
    • American Airlines 4.4
    • US Airways 4.5
  • Accidents and incidents 5
  • Awards and recognition 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

As of July 2015, SkyWest employs 10,777 people throughout North America. The airline averages 1,817 departures a day, with 958 operating as United Express, 599 operating as Delta Connection, 98 operating as US Airways Express, 109 operating as American Eagle and 54 operating as Alaska Airlines. In total, SkyWest carried 27.9 million passengers in 2014.[8] The current Chairman and CEO of SkyWest, Inc. is Jerry Atkin, with Michael Thompson as Chief Operating Officer of SkyWest Airlines.[10][11]

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