SkyWest to Move to All-Jet Fleet

By Paul Riegler on 17 November 2014
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Soon-to-be rare SkyWest turboprops in Salt Lake City

Soon-to-be rare SkyWest turboprops in Salt Lake City

SkyWest Airlines announced plans to transition its fleet from a mixture of turboprop planes and jets to an all-jet fleet.

The St. George, Utah-based airline announced plans retire its entire Embraer 120 Brasilia turboprop fleet by the summer of 2015.  The move comes as a result of “increased costs and additional challenges associated with new FAR117 flight and duty rules,” the company said in a statement.

In addition to making changes to its fleet, ExpressJet Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest, said it has reduced the term of its agreement to fly Embraer ERJ-145 jets for United Airlines from November 2020 to December 2017.  The airline said the change improve “its overall operational reliability and financial results.”

Sky West Airlines offers service to over 190 cities North American including 43 of the 50 United States.  It operates regional flights as a partner with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines.

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