Wed, Oct 12, 2005
Represents Conversion Of 18 Existing CRJ200 Orders Plus Four
Additional Firm Orders
announced today that SkyWest Inc. of St. George, Utah has concluded
a purchase agreement for 22 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets for its
Delta Connection operation. The transaction includes conversion
rights to other Bombardier CRJ aircraft. In addition, the 80
options for CRJ700 aircraft previously announced were reaffirmed as
part of this agreement.
The revised contract is valued at approximately $798 million US.
If all options are exercised, the entire order could be worth $ 3.7
This transaction converts the 18 Delta Air Lines CRJ200 aircraft
on backlog assumed by SkyWest as part of their recent acquisition
of Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) and includes four incremental
orders. SkyWest also retains 15 CRJ700 firm orders on Bombardier's
backlog from a previous transaction.
"With our recent purchase of Atlantic Southeast Airlines, we
agreed to add 22 regional jets to the Delta Connection route
network," said Jerry Atkin, Chairman, President and Chief Executive
Officer, SkyWest Inc. "The CRJ700 continues to meet our growth
requirements because of the benefit of commonality with existing
CRJ fleets at SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast
"We are very proud of our long partnership with SkyWest," said
Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "We
appreciate this endorsement of the CRJ Series and the CRJ700 as the
regional jet of choice for both SkyWest and Delta Connection in
order to meet their future system and market requirements. The
CRJ700 aircraft's low operating costs represent a real benefit to
operators in today's challenging market."
The current combined fleets of SkyWest Inc. owned airlines
include 229 CRJ200 and 72 CRJ700 aircraft. The Bombardier CRJ
Series firm order book now stands at 1,440 with 1,294 delivered as
of August 31, 2005.
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