SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) has entered into aircraft purchase agreements and capacity purchase agreements to acquire and fly 15 new aircraft with Delta Air Lines (“Delta”) and 10 new aircraft with Alaska Airlines (“Alaska”), of which five aircraft with Alaska were previously discussed, the company said.
Expected delivery dates of the 25 aircraft run from March 2018 through the end of 2018.
Of the 25 aircraft, 15 Embraer E175 SC aircraft will fly under an agreement with Delta in a 70-seat configuration. The E175 SC aircraft has an E175 airframe and can be retrofitted to 76 seats in the future. The agreement with Alaska includes 10 Embraer E175s, which will be configured with 76 seats, similar to aircraft SkyWest has previously placed into service with Alaska.
Similar structurally to SkyWest´s acquisition of 104 E175s, SkyWest expects to invest approximately USD 90 million in cash to acquire these 25 new aircraft, and to finance the balance of the purchase price with 12-year fixed rate debt. These aircraft will be operated by SkyWest Airlines, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest.
SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company. SkyWest´s airline companies provide commercial air service in cities throughout North America with more than 2,900 daily flights carrying more than 50 million passengers annually.