Through its regional-airline partners Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines, Alaska Airlines is adding six routes to its network in November and December. Two of them are routes it has served before and another is a new winter-season route to a ski destination.

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Based on the list prices of the Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen and Q400 NextGen, the manufacturer values the contract at approximately US$297 million.

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SkyWest Airlines is launching new daily United Express service between St. George in Utah and Denver on June 6. To promote the new service, SkyWest Airlines is offering introductory fares from $99 each way, based on a required round-trip purchase.

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United Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 Embraer 175 jets and optioned 40 more, potentially taking United’s firm order to a total of 70 aircraft. If United Airlines exercises all 40 options, the order has an estimated value of $2.9 billion at current list prices, according to Embraer.

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American Airlines is launching service this summer to San Diego from Miami, while sister regional carrier American Eagle plans to begin flying to two more destinations in Mexico from Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Delta Air Lines is launching twice-daily regional jet service between Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport in Dickinson, North Dakota and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on June 10.

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This new, $175 million project is additional to Delta Air Lines’ previously announced, $1.2 billion, Concourse B development at JFK’s Terminal 4, which is set to open in May. The new project will add 11 more gates and 75,000 square feet to Terminal 4’s Concourse B.

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With the departures on February 1 of Air Canada Express flights AC8371 from Calgary to Fort McMurray, AC8430 from Calgary to Regina and AC8586 from Calgary to Saskatoon, Air Canada has introduced Bombardier Q400 NextGen service in Western Canada.

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The order follows the signing of a 12-year capacity purchase deal between American Airlines and Republic Airways Holdings for the regional-airline holding company to acquire 53 Embraer 175 jets, all branded with the newly revealed American Eagle livery and operated by Republic Airlines.

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The new service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using 76-seat, two-class Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets.

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The deal represents the largest and most prestigious order yet for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet family, coming as it does from the world’s largest regional airline holding company.

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The United Express flights will be operated by ExpressJet using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets, with the twice-daily Nashville service beginning on December 19 and the daily Oklahoma City service beginning on February 14.

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SkyWest, Inc. has reached agreement with Delta Air Lines on a deal which provides SkyWest with 34 more dual-class regional jets and calls for early termination of its Delta Connection operating contracts for 66 single-class Bombardier CRJ200s.

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The agreement contemplates that Mitsubishi Aircraft would begin delivery of the MRJs during 2017 and all 100 MRJs would be delivered before the end of 2020. SkyWest has not yet announced if its planned 100-aircraft order specifies the 70-seat MRJ70, the MRJ90, or both versions.

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As previously announced, and based on the list price of the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order contract at approximately US$264 million. This could increase to approximately US$491 million should the airline convert its five options to firm orders.

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Garuda’s 12 leased CRJ1000 NextGens, plus six ordered directly from Bombardier in February, will result in the airline operating a fleet of 18 of the jets. Should the airline also convert the 18 options it has taken with Bombardier, its fleet of CRJ1000 NextGens would increase to 36.

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Ultimate Air Shuttle is launching four-times-weekly jet service from Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Field Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, North Carolina on June 18, in an expansion of its ‘scheduled-charter’ network.

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Scandinavian Airlines is continuing its expansion in the Polish market by launching a new service on October 29 between Copenhagen and Łódź. As of then, SAS will be offering more than 70 direct flights a week between Scandinavia and Poland, on eight routes.

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Starting in October, Flybe will operate the 12 Embraer 190s on Finnair routes, for Finnair. According to the two carriers, the move forms part of Finnair’s efforts to improve the profitability of its European network, and it offers a platform for growth for Flybe Nordic, a joint venture between the companies.

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