SkyWest to operate US Airways Express

US Airways Express CRJ-200

Skywest to operate 50 seat CRJ Aircraft

US Airways has announced SkyWest Airlines will join the portfolio of regional carriers operating as US Airways Express.  Starting December 16, SkyWest will begin operations of six daily Express flights from US Airways Phoenix Hub.  By spring of 2012, SkyWest will be operating 49 flights to 19 destinations as US Airways Express.

The new flights will be operated using 50 seat CanadaAir Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets, replacing the CRJ200 and Dash-8 flights currently operated by Mesa Airlines.  “We welcome the  addition of SkyWest as a regional carrier for US Airways. Their exceptional service complements US Airways’, and our regional partners’, commitment to reliability and the quality of service our customers have come to expect,” said Dion Flannery, president US Airways Express.

Russel “Chip” Childs, SkyWest Airlines’ president and CEO said, “We’re pleased to launch this highly-anticipated new partnership with US Airways.”

Smaller jet aircraft, such as the CRJ-200 allow larger airlines to serve smaller communities where the demand doesn’t exist for regular, mainline flights.  SkyWest is one of many regional airlines that operate the CRJ-200 as an “express” or “connection” carrier for a larger airline.

US Airways, US Airways Shuttle, and US Airways Express, operate more than 3000 flights per day and serves 200 communities in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  The airline operates hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and has a strong presence at Washington DC’s National Airport.  US Airways is a member of the Star Team Alliance.

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