SkyWest Airlines and AirTran Airways Forge New Partnership

SkyWest Airlines, Inc., and AirTran Airways announced today that the airlines have secured a new marketing partnership to operate five 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft between Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport and six destinations.


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“Under this new partnership, SkyWest’s Milwaukee passengers will enjoy more flights to more destinations with all the benefits of AirTran’s vast route network and A+ Rewards program,” said SkyWest Airlines President and COO Russell “Chip” Childs. “Together, SkyWest Airlines and AirTran will be committed to providing passengers with exceptional service, on-time flights, low fares and the best possible flying experience.”

“This unique partnership and expanded service is an exciting next step for our Milwaukee focus city,” said Kevin Healy, senior vice president, marketing and planning, AirTran Airways. “We are delighted to make new and interesting destinations available to our customers and now offer more choices than ever to, from, and through Milwaukee to the rest of the country.”

SkyWest Airlines’ regional jet service between Milwaukee and six destinations will be sold in conjunction with AirTran jet service with revenue shared on a prorated basis. The aircraft will be placed into service in between December 2009 and February 2010. SkyWest Airlines will control local availability, authorization levels and use of all seat inventory for the aircraft used by SkyWest. SkyWest Airlines will assume fuel cost and will maintain all revenue and pricing responsibility for these routes.

SkyWest Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. is the world’s largest independently-owned regional airline. System-wide, SkyWest Airlines employs more than 10,000 aviation professionals and serves a total of 150 cities in 39 states, five Canadian provinces and Mexico with more than 1,500 daily departures.

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past two years. AirTran operates North America’s newest all-Boeing fleet.