SkyWest orders 19 more E175s for Delta Air Lines

Embraer and SkyWest, Inc. said they have signed a firm order for an additional 19 E175s jets.

The aircraft will be flown by SkyWest Airlines, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Delta Air Lines. The transaction will be included in Embraer´s 2015 fourth-quarter backlog. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected for the third-quarter of 2016.

All the E175s will be configured in a dual class 76-seat layout, equipped with 12 First Class seats, 20 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 44 Main Cabin seats, and will operate under the Delta Connection brand.

The E175s feature a new wingtip that, among other technical enhancements, improves aerodynamic performance. Fuel consumption on a typical flight is 6.4 percent lower than first-generation E175s. In North America, the E175 is the preferred aircraft of carriers operating 76-seat jets. Since 2013, the E175 has captured over 80 percent of orders among aircraft in its class from airlines in the United States.

SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah.