SkyWest Airlines orders 20 Embraer E175 for American Eagle operations

An American Eagle E175, operated by SkyWest competitor Republic Airways. Photo: © Nathan Coats

SkyWest Airlines has placed an order for 20 Embraer E175 regional jets, which it will operate on behalf of American Airlines’ regional brand.

These new aircraft will mark the first time that SkyWest operates Embraer E-Jets for American Eagle.

According to Embraer, this firm order is worth US $972 million in 2019 list prices, although airlines typically receive discounts for ordering larger numbers of planes.

SkyWest Airlines, a company specializing in regional operations on behalf of other airlines, will equip the new aircraft with 76 seats in total. Deliveries are set to begin this year. The airline is already operating a number of E175s on behalf of Alaska Airlines, United Express and Delta Connection.

Based solely on number of airplanes, SkyWest is among the airlines with the largest fleets in the world. Yet the carrier only operates its almost 500 aircraft under other airlines’ names, like in this case for American Eagle. Its fleet consists of Bombardier CRJ-100, -200, -700 and -900, as well as Embraer E175. The company is headquartered in St. George, Utah.

The E175 is one of the smaller versions of Embraer’s E-Jet family. Its successor, the E175-E2 completed its first flight in December 2019, but the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer is yet to find any orders for the new type.