Skywest Airlines orders nine more Embraer E175

A Delta Connection Embraer E175. Photo: © redlegsfan21

American regional carrier Skywest Airlines has ordered a further nine Embraer E175 aircraft, which will be operated by Skywest on short- and medium-haul routes for Delta Connection.

According to current list prices, the deal is worth US$422 million. Five aircraft will be delivered in 2019, while the remaining four jets are scheduled to arrive in 2020.

We’re pleased to continue adding new E175 aircraft under long-term contract to our increasingly efficient, agile and flexible fleet. We appreciate Embraer’s strong partnership and remain impressed with the Embraer product. Chip Childs, SkyWest Chief Executive Officer and President

The newly ordered E175 feature a 76-seat layout instead of the 70-seat layout most Skywest E175s are currently equipped with and will replace nine older Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft.

Skywest is the largest regional airline in the United States and already operates over 150 Embraer E175 aircraft for several major airlines in the US, including Delta Connection, as well as over 100 Bombardier CRJ jets on services for Delta Air Lines.

In addition to Skywest Airlines, other regional airlines are also operating flights under the Delta Connection brand. All in all, more than 450 aircraft are part of the Delta Connection fleet.

Read more: Republic Airways, an American regional airline that also operates for Delta Connection, has firmed up an order for 100 Embraer E175 aircraft.