SkyWest Airlines received its first Embraer E-Jet which it will fly in United Express livery for United Airlines. The E175 was officially transferred at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos in Brazil.
The aircraft is part of the firm order signed by the airline last year, for 40 E175 aircraft with another 60 so-called ‘reconfirmables’ in case SkyWest stikes more deals with its US airline partners. The E175s are configured in a dual-class 76-seat layout. Moreover Skywest holds options on another 100 E175s.
In a separate deal with Embraer, SkyWest became the launch customer of the E175-E2, ordering 100 aircraft with 100 additional options, for deliveries beginning in 2020.
SkyWest is the largest regional airline group in the world and is the parent company of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines. Both companies have long histories with Embraer and were early customers for the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft. More than 40 EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft currently fly in the SkyWest Airlines network, primarily in the western United States. ExpressJet Airlines operates 251 aircraft of the ERJ 145 family and is the largest ERJ operator in the world.
Embraer E-Jets are currently flown by some 65 airlines from 45 countries.