Posted on: 26 November 2014 by Ross McSweeny
SkyWest Inc. has purchased seven new Embraer 175s which it will operate for Alaska Airlines under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA), initially on three new daily routes between Seattle, WA and Milwaukee, WI; Seattle and Oklahoma City, OK; and Portland, OR and St Louis, MO.
The 76-seat E175s will feature 12 first class and 64 economy seats with inflight WiFi access, allowing passengers to stream inflight entertainment. Three of the new aircraft are due to arrive during summer 2015, with the remaining four scheduled for delivery in Q1 2016.
“The E175 is new for the Alaska brand and fills a specific need to serve 'long, thin routes' – destinations that are too distant for our regional aircraft, but currently don't have enough customer demand to fill a mainline jet,” averred Andrew Harrison, senior vice-president of planning and revenue management for Alaska Airlines. “The smaller, but spacious, E175 will not only open up new cities, but provide feed traffic to our Northwest hubs, while giving customers a comfortable experience on these longer flights.”
Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, added, “SkyWest's agreement with Alaska Airlines is a wonderful endorsement of the aircraft and adds a prestigious new operator to our list. In addition, the Embraer E-Jet will be introduced to passengers in a new region of the country.”
These E175s are part of SkyWest’s previous order for 100 (40 firm and 60 reconfirmable) current generation E-Jets – with an additional 100 options – placed in May 2013, taking the firm order number to a total of 47.