Posted on: 11 September 2015 by Mark Howells
SkyWest, Inc. has announced that across both SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines the company carried 5,056,084 passengers during August 2015, a 6.3% decrease from the 5,394,888 passengers carried in August the previous year.
The company decreased its departures by 11.6% across the respective periods from 121,887 to 107,724. This generated 3.19 billion available seat miles (ASMs) for August 2015 compared with 3.43 billion ASMs for August 2014, a 7.2% decrease year-over-year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased by 7.3% from 2,877,979,381 to 2,666,670,171, meaning a load factor decrease of 0.2% from 83.9% to 83.7%.The company served 180,436 block hours in August 2015 compared with 202,508 block hours in August 2014, a decrease of 22,072, or 10.9%. The year-over-year net change included approximately 10,400 additional block hours from its new 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft and a decrease of approximately 31,000 block hours from fewer 50-seat jet (CRJ200s and ERJ 135/145s) and 30-seat turboprop (EMB 120) aircraft. This is consistent with SkyWest's fleet transition plan to improve the mix of aircraft in its fleet by adding new dual class aircraft while reducing its 50-seat and 30-seat aircraft.In August 2015, SkyWest's dual class aircraft (CRJ700s, CRJ900s and E175s) represented approximately 39% of SkyWest's total block hour production for the month compared with approximately 30% for the month of August 2014.