Bombardier Aerospace announced today that SkyWest Airlines of St. George, Utah has placed a firm order for 20 additional Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets to increase its CRJ700 fleet to 52 aircraft.
The firm order is valued at approximately $637 million US.
"The CRJ700 aircraft's low operating costs really shine in today's challenging airline market environment and this order is another testament to the fact that we've got the economics right," said Steven Ridolfi, president, Bombardier Regional Aircraft, noting that the operating cost of the CRJ700 airliner is 10 per cent lower than its closest competitor. "With the CRJ700 airliner, we have the right combination of economics, passenger comfort and commonality."
SkyWest's CRJ700 aircraft, of which 23 were in service as of February 28, 2005, all fly under the United Express banner for United Airlines from bases in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
SkyWest also operates 125 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. When all firm orders have been delivered, SkyWest will be operating a total of 177 CRJ aircraft.
"The cabin comfort and inflight amenities provided to our passengers allow us to make best use of the CRJ700 aircraft's range capability so we have flights approaching three hours in length," said Jerry Atkin, chairman, president and chief executive officer, SkyWest Airlines. "We are able to operate the aircraft in stage lengths up to 1,500 miles. Thus, we can serve United's long, thin routes at considerable cost savings to them."
As of February 28, 2005 Bombardier had delivered 1,226 CRJ aircraft to customers in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. The CRJ program is the sixth best-selling commercial jet program in history. SkyWest recently took delivery of the 200th CRJ700 manufactured in the Bombardier CRJ700 program.
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