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SkyWest places an order for 20 Embraer E175-E1 jets

St. George, Utah - The US regional carrier SkyWest Airlines has placed an order for 20 Embraer E175 jets. The order is valued at $972 million based on 2019 list prices.

With this order, SkyWest’s total backlog for E175 jets exceeded 180 planes. The aircraft will be configured to accommodate 76 seats in total and will be operated on behalf of American Airlines' regional subsidiary American Eagle. SkyWest will be operating the type for American Eagle for the first time.

We are pleased to continue advancing our position in the industry with this latest order of new Embraer aircraft. We appreciate the longstanding partnership with Embraer and look forward to operating this outstanding aircraft for all four of our mainline partners,

SlyWest's CEO Chip Childs said.

The carrier operates around 500 regional aircraft for four major U.S. operators, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

SkyWest's fleet consists of Bombardier CRJs and Embraer E-Jets. The company also has 100 Mitsubishi M90 jets (SpaceJet) on its backlog that were placed at the Paris Air Show last year in June.

Embraer expects orders out of the US for its newly developed E175-E2 jet

The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer also aims to secure orders for its new generation E175-E2 jet from its non-US customers. Current US scope clauses prevent the new jet to enter the US market.

The E175-E2 is currently under development and made its first flight on December 12. Embraer currently has no firm orders for the aircraft, but the company holds order commitments from US regional operators SkyWest and the Trans States Holdings, which are subject to a change in the US pilot scope clause regulations.

Embraer could continue in the production of the E175-E1 alongside its E2 variant forever if there is no change in the current regulations.