SkyWest has agreed to purchase 16 new Embraer E175 jets, for operation in the Delta Air Lines network, adding to the 71 E175 jets SkyWest already operates for Delta. The E175s will fly exclusively with Delta under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA). The value of the contract, which will be included in Embraer’s third quarter backlog, is US$798.4 million, based on list price, with deliveries due to start in mid-2022. The 76-seat aircraft will be delivered in Delta’s livery and will have a three-class configuration.
Chip Childs, president and CEO of SkyWest said, “SkyWest operates more E175s than any other carrier in the world. With these aircraft, we will have nearly 240 E175s operating with airlines in North America. This month we are proud to reach two million flight hours in the E175. Our customers love the E175, and we have great confidence in and appreciate our partnership with Embraer.”
Mark Neely, VP of sales and marketing in the Americas for Embraer Commercial Aviation added, “The E175 is the backbone of the North American regional market, and as the industry begins to emerge from the pandemic we are seeing growing long-term demand for right-sized aircraft to deliver profitable domestic connectivity. The E175 has been a lifeline for carriers as they are perfectly suited to rebuild routes, add frequencies, and add incremental capacity to meet rebounding domestic demand.”