Bombardier Aerospace has announced today, January 15, 2001, the sale of up to 128 CRJ200 aircraft to SkyWest Airlines in a deal estimated to be worth approximately US $1.43 billion. The transaction includes 64 orders (35 firm orders and 29 conditional orders) plus 64 options.
‘The aircraft covered in today’s announcement will provide SkyWest with the ability to expand our planned United Express operations,’ said Jerry Atkin, chairman, president and chief executive officer for SkyWest Airlines. ‘With the CRJ regional jet as the core of our fleet, we are able to realise significant savings in flight and maintenance training, spare parts provisioning and economy of operation.’
Including today’s order, SkyWest has total commitments for 248 CRJ200 aircraft comprised of 100 firm orders, 29 conditional orders and 119 optional orders.
The 29 conditional orders are subject to an extension of the current SkyWest and United operational agreement and are expected to be firmed up in 2002.
Deliveries for the new orders will begin in March 2002 and continue through December of 2004.
Under terms of the contract, SkyWest has the flexibility to operate a mix of 40-, 44- and 50-passenger CRJ200 models in its fleet to tailor seating capacity to specific route requirements.
SkyWest’s current order brings Bombardier’s firm orderbook for the CRJ100/200 to 798 aircraft, with 460 delivered and a backlog of 338.