The agreement, subject to approval by the respective Board of Directors of airlines, further diversifies the SkyWest Airlines flying portfolio and provides US Airways customers with SkyWest Airlines’ quality and reliability.
Russell “Chip” Childs, SkyWest Airlines’ President and COO said, “We are pleased to add US Airways to SkyWest Airlines’ strong partner portfolio. SkyWest’s people have done incredible work to provide a reliable, efficient product, and we look forward to offering that quality to US Airways customers," he said.
When finalized, the three-year agreement provides for Skywest to fly as US Airways Express with 14 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet aircraft and the option to upgrade to larger CRJ700 aircraft, replacing the CRJ200 and Dash8 Express service currently offered by US Airways in the Phoenix hub by Mesa Airlines.
SkyWest Airlines service under the US Airways Express name is expected to begin early to mid-2012. Skywest expects to allocate some of their existing fleet for the service. SkyWest will be compensated in similar manner as with its existing capacity purchase agreements with other major airline partners.
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,185 airports in 185 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year from hubs in Charlotte, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and the nation's capitol from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.