Posted on: 14 September 2015 by Mark Howells
SkyWest, Inc. has signed a firm order for 18 E175 jets with Embraer, which has an estimated value of US$800 million based on current list prices and will be included in the OEM’s 2015 third-quarter backlog.
The aircraft will be operated by SkyWest Airlines under an amendment to an existing Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2016 and will operate under the United Express brand. With this new aircraft purchase, the total number of firm orders placed by SkyWest for E175 aircraft has reached 73.
The E175s are configured in a dual class 76-seat layout, equipped with 12 first class seats, 16 economy plus seats and 48 economy seats. The aircraft type also features a new wingtip that reduces fuel consumption by 6.4% in comparison to first-generation E175s.