Utah USA-based SkyWest Airlines said that Bill Dykes will become SkyWest´s (NASDAQ: SKYW) vice president of maintenance effective January 7 2014.
Bill Dykes succeeds H. Michael Gibson, who is retiring after 26 years with SkyWest Airlines.
Dykes will oversee all of SkyWest´s maintenance operations, including its major repair, overhaul and maintenance bases at Chicago O´Hare, Colorado Springs, Fresno, Milwaukee, Nashville, Palm Springs, Salt Lake City and Tucson. This includes the more than 1,300 SkyWest Airlines maintenance professionals who support a fleet of more than 330 aircraft.
During the past 20 years at SkyWest, Dykes has helped lead and implement SkyWest´s growth and evolution from its first jet aircraft to the addition of the CRJ900 and upcoming delivery of the Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) E175, as well as the expansion from two maintenance bases in the West to a total of eight nationwide.
He began his SkyWest career as a night shift mechanic at Salt Lake City in 1989, advancing to various leadership positions along the way, including base manager, before being named director of maintenance in 2007.
Prior to his time at SkyWest, Bill worked at Wings West and American Eagle (OTC: AAMRQ) as an aircraft mechanic.
SkyWest partners with the world´s largest network carriers including United Airlines (NYSE: UAL), Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) and US Airways (NYSE: LCC).
Find out more at www.skywest.com.