Embraer delivered the first E175 to SkyWest. The aircraft is part of the firm order signed by the airline last year, for 40 E175s. SkyWest will operate the aircraft as United Express for United Airlines. These E175s are configured in a dual-class 76-seat layout.
An additional 60 orders are reconfirmable, subject to SkyWest being awarded Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) contracts with major U.S. airlines. The agreement between SkyWest and Embraer includes options for another 100 E175s, taking the potential total order up to 200 airplanes.
In a separate deal with Embraer, SkyWest became the launch customer of the E175-E2, ordering 100 aircraft with 100 additional options, for deliveries beginning in 2020.
SkyWest is the largest regional airline in the world and is the parent company of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines. Both companies have long histories using Embraer, and were early customers for the EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft. More than 40 EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft still fly in the SkyWest Airlines network. ExpressJet Airlines operates 251 aircraft of the ERJ 145 family and is the largest ERJ operator in the world.