SkyWest Airlines president and COO writes about the American Eagle deal
6:34 pm on September 12, 2012 | Permalink
We have this letter from Chip Childs, president and chief operating officer of SkyWest Airlines, to his employees in which he announces SkyWest’s deal to fly as American Eagle.
President and Chief Operating Officer of SkyWest Airlines
To: SkyWest Airlines Team Members
From: Chip Childs
Re: A New Partnership with American Airlines; CRJ200 transition
Today I’m pleased to announce that SkyWest Airlines will begin flying as an American Airlines partner this fall. Our new American partnership makes a total of five and the third major partnership SkyWest Airlines has secured in less than two years! That’s a pretty phenomenal accomplishment by any measurement and it’s a credit to your great work.
SkyWest, Inc. has announced a four-year Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with American Airlines to operate 23 CRJ200 aircraft. As part of that agreement, SkyWest Airlines will begin flying 12 of those aircraft Nov. 15, 2012. Part of American’s restructuring plan is to diversify its American Eagle product, so we will operate these aircraft as part of the new American Eagle brand. We will fly out of American’s LAX hub to 11 cities: ABQ, FAT, ELP, MRY, PHX, RNO, SAF, SMF, SAN, SJC, SLC, SBA and TUS – almost all cities where we have solid operating experience.
Where will the CRJ200s come from? You’ll recall that we recently agreed to reduce the number of contract CRJ200 aircraft in exchange for larger CRJ700 and CRJ900 flying with Delta. This transition has already begun, and the 11 CRJ200 aircraft that have begun transitioning from our Delta fleet will be utilized to accomplish our partnership with American. The 12th aircraft will be a spare in the American system. I’ve included some details of the implementation below:
– The aircraft will be maintained at our TUS, FAT and SLC maintenance bases and we will begin repainting these aircraft in the American Eagle livery next month.
– Our American Eagle flying will be done primarily by our LAX-based crews, so there will likely be some domicile transfer opportunities there with the increased LAX flying.
– American Eagle, American’s wholly-owned subsidiary, will perform the ground handling for these flights.
Clearly we have an aggressive implementation plan for a successful Nov. 15 launch. Our recent accomplishments and strong track record prove that we’re more than capable of delivering beyond American’s expectations. The questions and answers accompanying this memo will help provide further detail on the launch; watch for specifics from your department leadership in the coming weeks as well. I want to congratulate each of you on this accomplishment and thank you for delivering SkyWest-caliber quality in some of our industry’s most challenging times. Each of our partnerships solidifies our position in the industry and makes us a stronger competitor, and SkyWest Airlines remains extremely well positioned as we continue working together for long-term success.
[End of letter]
From me: FYI for those non-conversant in airport code:
FAT: Fresno, Calif.
ELP: El Paso
MRY: Monterey, Calif.
RNO: Reno, Nev.
SAF: Santa Fe, N.M.
SMF: Sacremento, Calif.
SAN: San Diego
SJC: San Jose, Calif.
SLC: Salt Lake City
SBA: Santa Barbara, Calif.
TUS: Tucson, Ariz.
LAX: Los Angeles International (but everyone knew that one, right?)