Skywest announces fleet expansion and new services

Australian and southeast Asia regional airline, Skywest, has announced plans for fleet expansion to support commercial growth.

The carrier has acquired an option to lease an Airbus A320-231 on an operating lease for four years, with the aircraft expected to enter service around August 2011.

Furthermore, Skywest has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase an additional Fokker 100. If Skywest decides to complete the acquisition, the aircraft would also be available from around August 2011.

Skywest is enjoying significant strategic growth and the arrangements with Virgin Australia could lead to a doubling of Skywest’s overall fleet size with the addition of up to 18 additional ATR 72s. The first Virgin Australia aircraft is set to be delivered new from the factory to Skywest on 30 June 2011 and is expected to operate commercially from 29 August.

Skywest has announced plans to offer a weekly service from Geraldton to Denpasar, Bali for leisure and commercial travellers. The airline also intends to provide connections from Geraldton through to the Pilbara and Geraldton to the east coast of Australia to Melbourne from July 2011, supporting Western Australia’s bush community.

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