ATP’s recruiting partner SkyWest, Inc., the company which owns and operates SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, announced details today of fleet transitions and contract updates designed to improve SkyWest’s overall efficiency and profitability.
Specifically, SkyWest, Inc. announced that SkyWest Airlines intends to transition to an all-jet fleet by removing all remaining 30-seat Embraer 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft from service by the summer of 2015. The EMB 120 fleet retirement comes, in part, in response to increased operating costs and challenges associated with new flight and duty rules implemented in January 2014.
SkyWest, Inc. also announced that ExpressJet Airlines has executed an agreement with United Airlines to reduce the length of the existing 50-seat ERJ145 contract between ExpressJet and United by three years. The new contract expires in December of 2017 instead of November of 2020.
SkyWest, Inc. has partnered with ATP to recruit the best-trained pilots entering the regional airline industry today. Both SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines recruit ATP trained pilots through their respective Pipeline Programs at ATP using PilotPool.com to track their progress.