St. George, Utah - The US regional charter operator SkyWest Airlines will acquire seven used Bombardier CRJ700.
From early 2020, SkyWest will operate these jets on behalf of American Airlines under a multi-year contract.
The contract incorporates ten CRJ700 in total. SkyWest will provide the other three aircraft from its current CRJ 700s that are operated for Delta Air Lines.
SkyWest Airlines currently has 103 regional jets in its CRJ700 fleet. 63 of them are operated under the American Eagle brand. 21 are operated under the Delta Connection brand. The remaining 19 jets are operated for United Airlines's regional subsidiary United Express.
In addition to the 103 CRJ700, SkyWest also operates 42 Bombardier CRJ900, 184 CRJ200, three CRJ100, and 151 Embraer E175.
During the meeting for quarterly results of the American carrier, SkyWest CEO Russel Childs said that it was disappointed that the CRJ production line was closing down.
In June, Bombardier finalized an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the sale of its CRJ program. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is the parent company of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, the producer of the Japanese regional plane Space Jet (formerly MRJ Jet).
This is something that we look forward to working with Mitsubishi going forward and finding some new ways to develop this fleet into our existing fleet and just work within the parameters that they have with also their new aircraft as well,
In 2017, Skywest had scrapped 100 MRJ Jet ordered in 2012 due to the repeated delays in the program. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation targets first deliveries in 2014.
SkyWest Airlines is the world's largest operator of Bombardier's CRJ Series jets.