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Oneworld (American Airlines)
|Parent company||SkyWest, Inc.|
|Headquarters||St. George, Utah, USA|
|Key people||Jerry Atkin (CEO)|
SkyWest Airlines is a North American airline owned by SkyWest, Inc. and headquartered in St. George, Utah, USA. Financially speaking, and according to the Airlines for America definitions, SkyWest Airlines is a North American major airline. SkyWest however, operates on a regional airline level and is a member of the Regional Airline Association. SkyWest Airlines flies to 167 cities, in 38 States, Washington D.C., 5 Canadian Provinces and 5 cities in Mexico and the Bahamas. The airline serves as a feeder airline, operating under contract with various major carriers. It flies as SkyWest Airlines in a partnership with United Express on behalf of United Airlines, as US Airways Express on behalf of US Airways, as Delta Connection on behalf of Delta Air Lines, and as American Eagle on behalf of American Airlines.
As of April 2013, SkyWest employs 10,466 people throughout North America. The airline averages 1,863 departures a day, with 1,088 operating as United Express, 568 operating as Delta Connection, 92 operating as US Airways Express, 94 operating as American Eagle and 21 operating as Alaska Airlines. In total, SkyWest carried 26.2 million passengers in 2012. The current President and CEO of SkyWest Inc. is Jerry Atkin, with Russell "Chip" Childs as President and Chief Operating Officer of SkyWest Airlines.
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Frustrated by the limited extent of existing air service, Ralph Atkin, a St. George, Utah lawyer, purchased Dixie Airlines to shuttle businessmen to Salt Lake City in 1972. After early struggles, SkyWest began steady expansion across the Western US. It became the eleventh largest regional carrier in 1984 when it acquired Sun Aire Lines of Palm Springs, California, and had its initial public offering in 1986.
In 1985, SkyWest began codesharing as Western Express, a feeder service for Western Airlines at its Salt Lake City hub, later acquired by Delta. In 1995, SkyWest began operating flights for Continental Airlines out of LAX. The relationship was discontinued two years later when SkyWest began flying for United Airlines. SkyWest's United Express flights out of LAX, SFO, and DEN became its largest operation by the late 1990s. A partnership with Continental was revived in 2003 out of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, but was discontinued in June 2005. On August 15, 2005, Delta announced that it was selling Atlantic Southeast Airlines to the newly incorporated SkyWest, Inc. for $425 million in cash. The acquisition was completes on September 8, 2005.
On August 4, 2010, SkyWest Inc. announced that it planned to acquire ExpressJet Airlines and merge it with SkyWest subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines in a deal reported to have a value of $133 million. The purchase aligned the largest commuter operations of United and Continental Airlines, who were in a merger process, and was approved on September 13, 2010 by the Federal Trade Commission.
In February 2011, Alaska Airlines announced SkyWest would be replacing six Horizon Air flights on the West Coast beginning May 14. The flights were scheduled to base out of Seattle and Portland and fly to several California cities including Fresno, Burbank, Santa Barbara and Ontario. Alaska Airlines has similar agreements with PenAir for Alaskan flights and Horizon Air for flights in the lower 48.
In June 2011, AirTran Airways announced that it would end codesharing and partnership with SkyWest effective September 6, 2011. Two months later, SkyWest announced a codesharing agreement with US Airways, effective early to mid-2012, to operate CRJ-200 aircraft from US Airways' hub in Phoenix, Ariz.
In September 2012, SkyWest announced that it would begin a capacity purchase agreement with American Airlines for 12 CRJ-200 aircraft from American's hub in Los Angeles, California effective November 15, 2012.
In December 2012, SkyWest and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries confirmed a deal reached in July 2012 at the Farnborough Airshow for 100 MRJ90 aircraft, with an additional 100 options. Deliveries of the aircraft to SkyWest are scheduled to start in 2017.
SkyWest flies to 167 destinations throughout North America including Denver International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Portland International Airport.
|Embraer EMB 120ER Brasilia||42||—||—||—||30||30||(24) United Express||18 unbranded aircraft|
|Bombardier CRJ100ER||8||—||—||—||—||50||50||(5) Delta Connection, (2) United Express||1 unbranded aircraft|
|Bombardier CRJ200ER||149||(43) Delta Connection, (65) United Express,
(14) US Airways Express, (10) American Eagle
|17 unbranded aircraft|
|Bombardier CRJ700ER||6||—||—||—||—||70||70||Alaska Airlines |
|Bombardier CRJ900||30||—||—||9||—||67||76||Delta Connection|
|Mitsubishi MRJ90||—||100||100||TBA||TBA||Enter service in 2017|
In July 2012, SkyWest, Inc announced an agreement to purchase 100 Mitsubishi MRJ90 to be split between its two subsidiaries, SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines. The aircraft are scheduled to begin service in 2017. In December 2012, SkyWest, Inc finalized the order for 100 Mitsubishi Aircraft MRJ regional jets and also placed an option on an additional 100 MRJ90 aircraft. Due to Mitsubishi Aircraft development delays on the MRJ90 though, any optioned plane would not be delivered until after 2021.
Accidents and incidents 
SkyWest Airlines has never been cited or found at fault in a fatal accident or incident. Incidents include:
- January 15, 1987: SkyWest Airlines Flight 1834 a Fairchild Metro collided with a Mooney M20 transporting an instructor and a student, while on a flight between Pocatello to Salt Lake City in the vicinity of Kearns. All 10 people on Flight 1834 and the two occupants of the Mooney were killed. The accident was found to be a navigation error of the student pilot aboard the Mooney.
- January 15, 1990: SkyWest Airlines Flight 5855, a Fairchild Metro collided with terrain during an instrument approach to Elko, Nevada. There were 4 serious and 9 minor injuries.
- February 1, 1991: SkyWest Airlines Flight 5569, a Fairchild Metro was awaiting departure clearance on an active runway at Los Angeles for a scheduled flight between Los Angeles and Palmdale when USAir Flight 1493 arriving from Columbus, Ohio collided with it while it was landing. Skywest 5569 was directed to move onto runway 24L for takeoff and hold in position at the intersection of taxiway 45. US1493 was cleared to land on 24L one minute later by the same local controller. One minute later, the 737 touched down, then landed on the SkyWest Metro, which was still holding in position 2400' from the runway threshold. The two planes slid down the runway, then off to the side, coming to rest against an unoccupied firehouse, and burst into flames. All 12 people on the Metro were killed (10 passengers and 2 pilots), and 22 of the 89 aboard the 737 perished (20 passengers, 1 pilot and 1 flight attendant). The cause was found to be Air Traffic Controller Error.
- May 21, 1997: SkyWest Flight 724, an Embraer EMB-120, N198SW, experienced a total loss of engine power to the right engine and associated engine fire, followed by a total loss of all airplane hydraulic systems, after takeoff from San Diego International-Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The 2 pilots, 1 flight attendant, and 14 passengers were not injured. Skywest Airlines, Inc., was operating the airplane as a scheduled, domestic, passenger flight under 14 CFR Part 121. The flight was destined for Los Angeles, California. It diverted to Miramar NAS, San Diego, where it landed at 14:27 military time. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and an IFR flight plan was filed.
- May 26, 2007: SkyWest Airlines flight 5741, an Embraer 120, was involved in a serious runway incursion when the plane nearly collided with Republic Airlines flight 4912, an Embraer 170, on intersecting runways at San Francisco. There were no reported injuries to passengers and no reported damage to either aircraft. According to the NTSB the FAA traffic controller was at fault and the aircraft were between 50 and 300 feet apart.
- January 13, 2008: A United Airlines Boeing 757 jet with maintenance workers on board at San Francisco International Airport backed into SkyWest Airlines Flight 6398, a Bombardier CRJ700 carrying 60 passengers and crew. The collision occurred at 7:30 p.m. as the 757 was being taken out of service and being moved without passengers from Gate 80 to a hangar for the night. The passengers on board the SkyWest plane were taken off the plane, which had left its gate and was waiting to depart to Boise, Idaho. Both planes suffered tail and engine damage, but no one on board either plane was injured.
- September 7, 2008: SkyWest Airlines flight 6430, a Bombardier CRJ700 operating as a United Express flight from Los Angeles, California ran off a runway after landing in San Antonio, Texas. An airport spokesman indicated that the aircraft appeared to be having mechanical difficulties, and resulted in the airport's primary runway being closed for two hours until the aircraft could be removed. No injuries were reported among the 52 passengers and four crew members on board.
- May 23, 2010: SkyWest Airlines flight 6467, a Bombardier CRJ200 operating as a United Express flight from San Francisco, California landed in Ontario, California with the nose gear retracted. No injuries were reported among the 24 passengers and three crew aboard.
- July 17, 2012: An out-of-service SkyWest Bombardier CRJ200 d/b/a Delta Connection liveried aircraft was stolen by a SkyWest pilot on administrative leave, after murdering his girlfriend a couple days earlier, and substantially damaged at the Saint George Municipal Airport in St. George, Utah, USA. The plane was stolen, then moved to the parking lot from the terminal. The individual who stole it eventually died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The aircraft was out of service and there were no passengers or crew at or near the aircraft or airport. 
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