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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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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United Airlines is planning to launch daily non-stop United Express service linking its Denver hub with Shreveport in Louisiana and Grand Forks in North Dakota. In addition, United Airlines will expand its existing summer service between Denver and Anchorage to year-round flights.

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United Airlines is launching daily year-round service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Honolulu on June 7, the only non-stop service between the two points.

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Alaska Airlines is to resume daily nonstop service between Portland, Oregon and Long Beach in California on March 12. The flights will be operated for Alaska Airlines by SkyWest Airlines with 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets.

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Once finalized, the three-year agreement will also give US Airways options to up-gauge to SkyWest-operated Bombardier CRJ700s to replace the CRJ200s and Dash 8s that Mesa Airlines currently operates for US Airways at the major carrier’s Phoenix hub.

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As a result of a merger transaction, ExpressJet Holdings has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest.

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Should the merger be concluded, SkyWest, Inc. will own airlines that operate just under 700 aircraft – all but 48 of them jets – and SkyWest will be by far the biggest regional airline group in the world.

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Delta Air Lines will increase westbound service from three North Dakota cities to Delta’s Salt Lake City hub with its summer 2010 schedule.

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Delta Air Lines says it will invest $1 billion, or about $300 million per year, through mid-2013 to improve customer experience in the air and on the ground ― and also to improve the fuel efficiency of more than 170 aircraft in its fleet.

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Using 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s, SkyWest Airlines will operate United Express Service between Chicago O’Hare and Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Hancock/Houghton, Michigan; Muskegon, Michigan; and Paducah, Kentucky.

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AirTran Airways and SkyWest Airlines have formed a new marketing partnership under which SkyWest will operate five 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets between Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport and six destinations.

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SkyWest, Inc. subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) will begin operating as a United Express carrier in the first quarter of 2010 as part of a deal that sees SkyWest lending United Airlines $80 million and agreeing to let United defer up to $49 million it owes the Utah-based regional airline operator.

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United Airlines is launching new service from its hubs in Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles on December 17, adding Duluth in Minnesota, Asheville in North Carolina and Midland/Odessa in Texas to its network.

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SkyWest Airlines has agreed to continue service between Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH) in North Bend, Oregon and Portland International Airport (PDX) without subsidy, says the airport’s operator.

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