SkyWest Signs New Deals with Delta, Bombardier

 - May 9, 2008, 5:21 AM

Shortly after announcing plans to accept delivery of another 10 ex-Comair Canadair Regional Jets, St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Airlines negotiated a revision to its code-share contract with Delta Air Lines that will allow it to fly exclusively under a fee-per-departure arrangement. Now flying 15 CRJs under a contract-style agreement and seven under a pro-rate formula, SkyWest will shift the revenue sharing mechanism now applied to those seven CRJs and all 17 of its Delta Connection Embraer Brasilias to a “revenue-neutral” arrangement on October 1 and January 1, respectively. Still expecting three more CRJs from a previous deal for five “remarketed” airplanes from Comair, SkyWest expects deliveries of all 13 of its remaining Delta-assigned airplanes on order by the end of this year. Delta has yet to reveal specific deployment plans for the latest 10 CRJs, but acknowledged that most would not fly out of its Salt Lake City hub, raising the intriguing likelihood of a new base of operations for SkyWest.