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Interview: Regional Carriers at Fulcrum of U.S. Airline Industry Recovery

Two U.S. regional carriers are largely prevailing as victors in a battle for survival as airlines globally continue to weather an unprecedented downturn in travel demand. Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines and St. George, Utah-based Skywest Airlines have both posted profits for the last quarter while larger airlines report losses in the millions of dollars per day. This achievement boils down to one contingency for these two regional airlines: contracts. Air travel numbers are rebounding in the U.S., albeit gradually. As projected…

In Midst of Multi-Billion-Dollar Losses, SkyWest Posts First Quarter Profit

SkyWest Airlines — the St. George, Utah-based regional airline that operates flights on behalf of numerous large American carriers — announced its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, reporting a $30 million profit even as the country's largest airlines saw losses in the billions of dollars. The company, which did still see…

United Becomes Latest U.S. Carrier to Schedule Tag Flights

As airlines reduce schedules and flying hours, yet another airline has followed the suit of Alaska Airlines and JetBlue: United Airlines. The main condition of airlines being eligible to receive money from the federal government under the CARES Act is that they are required to maintain a minimum level of…

Another Hit for MRJ Program, Trans States Cancels Order

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced that Trans States Holdings has cancelled its order for the SpaceJet M90. The announcement is a blow for the beleaguered Mitsubishi regional jet program. The order for 50 M90 aircraft was the second largest on the manufacturer's order book. The two parties will be entering…

Three Airlines Suspend Columbia Service over Runway Conditions

Three airlines informed Columbia Regional Airport in central Missouri that they will be temporarily suspending operations under what they claim are unsafe airport operations. Mesa Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and Envoy Air all see Columbia’s only operating runway 13/31 as a safety concern but would not specifically list publicly why the…

SkyWest Airlines Sells Off ExpressJet to Joint Venture

U.S. regional airline SkyWest Airlines has announced the sale of subsidiary ExpressJet Airlines to a joint venture that includes United Airlines. The deal is worth $70 million in cash as well as the joint venture assuming all liabilities of ExpressJet, which has long struggled with profitability. The joint venture, ManaAir,…

Kearney, Nebraska to Receive New Service From SkyWest

The Kearney, Neb. City Council has unanimously voted SkyWest Airlines has the next carrier for Kearney. City council members voted 5-0 for SkyWest, the winner out of seven bids from other regional carriers. The council will send a recommendation for a two-year contract to the U.S. Department of Transportation. 17…

SkyWest Continues Upward Climb

Last month, SkyWest, Inc. announced another profitable quarter, continuing a positive trend marked by increased E175 flying and a reduced CRJ-200 fleet. Both SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet enjoyed a 99.9% completion rate excluding weather cancellations, building on success from a year earlier. SkyWest, Inc. CEO Chip Childs stated, “The year-over-year…