An American Eagle E175 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Peter Weiland)

Skywest Orders 20 Embraer E175 Jets

Brazillian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced that Skywest signed a firm order for 20 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration. The order has a value of $972 million, based on 2019 list prices, and is already included in Embraer’s 2019 fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2020.

These 20 new aircraft will be the first E-Jets operated by SkyWest within the American Airlines network. Embraer’s relationship with SkyWest dates back to 1986, when SkyWest began operating the EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop. With this additional order for the E175, SkyWest has purchased more than 180 aircraft of this model since 2013 alone.

SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for SkyWest Airlines and SkyWest Leasing, an aircraft leasing company. SkyWest Airlines has a fleet of nearly 500 aircraft connecting millions of passengers each month to over 250 destinations and provides commercial air service in cities throughout North America with up to 2,500 daily flights, according to the company. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines to carry 40 million passengers annually.

Embraer recently received unconditional approval by the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE)’s General-Superintendence (SG) in Brazil to go ahead with its partnership with Boeing. The partnership has now received unconditional clearance from every regulatory jurisdiction but it is still waiting for the European Commission’s approval, which continues to assess the deal.

Peter Biondi
Peter Biondi
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