SkyWest Inc. took delivery on March 27 of the first of 40 Embraer 175s it has on order.
Utah-based SkyWest Inc. took delivery of its first Embraer 175 at Embraer’s main plant and headquarters facility at São José dos Campos in Brazil.
SkyWest Airlines, one of SkyWest Inc.’s two main regional-airline subsidiaries, will operate the aircraft for United Airlines under a United Express franchise agreement. Its Embraer 175s are to be configured in a dual-class 76-seat layout.
The company holds additional reconfirmable orders for another 60 Embraer 175s. Confirmation of these commitments as firm orders is contingent upon SkyWest Inc. being awarded capacity purchase agreement contracts with major U.S. airline partners.
SkyWest’s Embraer 175 purchase agreement also includes options for another 100 aircraft, which could take its total order up to 200 jets.
Additionally, in a separate major purchase deal with Embraer, SkyWest became the launch customer of the Embraer 175-E2. It placed a firm order for 100 aircraft and taking options on 100 more, for deliveries beginning in 2020.
SkyWest Inc. is the largest regional-airline holding company in the world and is the parent company of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines. Both carriers have long histories with Embraer and were early customers for the 30-seat Embraer EMB120 Brasilia turboprop regional airliner.
More than 40 EMB 120 Brasilia regional airliners still fly in the SkyWest Airlines network, primarily in the western United States.
ExpressJet Airlines operates 251 aircraft of the Embraer ERJ family and is the largest ERJ operator in the world.
The Embraer E-Jets family is flown by some 65 airlines from 45 countries.