SkyWest Airlines will purchase 16 new Embraer 175 jets to operate for Delta Air Lines.
The Utah-based airline announced on August 9 that the first aircraft will be delivered in the second quarter of 2022. SkyWest notes that the new planes will replace 16 MHIRJ CRJ900s that are currently on the Delta contract.
SkyWest CEO Chip Childs adds, “We are thrilled to continue to deepen our Delta partnership with these new, dual-class aircraft.” “The E175 continues to serve our partners and passengers well as we assist our partners in working toward complete domestic recovery,” SkyWest said.
SkyWest has 190 E175s in service and three in storage, according to Cirium fleet statistics.
The carrier, which operates aircraft on fixed contracts for United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines, announced in July that it has 478 aircraft in service at the end of the second quarter, up from 452 at the end of 2020. Executives expect that the airline will be back to pre-pandemic levels of service by the first half of 2022.
In addition, the airline said in July that it will place 18 E175s with American in the second half of the year, with two more in 2022. They will be put into service in 2022. In addition, it will deliver nine of the type to Alaska Airlines during the following two years.