SkyWest Airlines announced today that they will purchase eight new, dual-class Embraer E175 jets to fly for Alaska Airlines. The new planes, to be delivered in 2016, will replace eight older regional jets SkyWest currently flies for the Seattle-based carrier.
The announcement comes the same month SkyWest takes ownership of the first of seven E175s purchased last fall to be flown for Alaska under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA). The regional carrier will begin flying the planes for Alaska on July 1 with the start of new service from Seattle to both Milwaukee and Oklahoma City, and between Portland, Oregon and St. Louis.
“We’re pleased to enhance our Alaska Airlines partnership with these new aircraft,” said SkyWest, Inc. President Chip Childs. “Our first E175 flights for Alaska will launch next month, and we look forward to continually improving the product we provide to our partner and their customers with eight additional E175 aircraft next year.”
The 76-seat E175 jet will feature 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach. Onboard amenities include Alaska Beyond Entertainment featuring free short subject videos and movies and TV shows for purchase direct to customer devices. Inflight Internet access is also available, as well as Alaska Beyond Delicious which offers Pacific Northwest-inspired food and beverages. Additionally, customers seated in first class will enjoy 110 volt power in every seat.
“The E175 is an excellent regional aircraft that offers customers comforts similar to our mainline jets,” said Andrew Harrison, executive vice president and chief revenue officer for Alaska Airlines. “The spacious E175 is particularly well-suited for long, thin routes that are too far for our existing regional aircraft.”
SkyWest expects to retire its current regional jet fleet flying for Alaska by fall of 2016.
Source: Alaska Airlines.