Alaska’s additional CRJ700s return from lease

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Alaska Airlines owns the three Bombardier CRJ700s that it will add to its feeder fleet in November.

The three regional jets are returning from leases with South African Express Airways, says the Seattle-based carrier. They were formerly operated by Alaska-subsidiary Horizon Air before it moved to an all Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 fleet in 2008.

Utah-based SkyWest Airlines will operate the aircraft for Alaska under a five-year agreement, a senior executive at the regional carrier told Flightglobal on the sidelines of the World Routes 2013 conference earlier in October.

SkyWest already flies five CRJ700s under a five-year contract for Alaska.

Alaska will use the additional aircraft to launch new service from its base to Colorado Springs, Omaha and Steamboat Springs, as well as new nonstops between Portland and Tucson, and San Diego and Boise.