SkyWest pushes back timeline for CRJ200 removals

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SkyWest Inc. will start removing 66 Bombardier CRJ200s as part of a deal with Delta Air Lines later than originally indicated, while at the same time extending the timeline for adding larger CRJs to its fleet by nine months.

When the plan to remove the additional jets was unveiled in August, SkyWest was planning for those CRJ200s to exit the fleet between August 2012 and December 2015. But now the removals are targeted to begin in October 2013, the carrier says in an earnings release.

SkyWest is removing the 50-seat jets as part of a deal struck with Delta to fly an additional 34 dual-class Bombardier aircraft. SkyWest has so far received 19 of the Bombardier CRJ900s and five CRJ700s included in the agreement, says chief financial officer Mike Kraupp.

SkyWest says it will continue to add the additional 10 CRJ900s to the fleet through May 2014, an extension from the June 2013 end date outlined in the original plan.

SkyWest Inc. is the parent company of regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet, which have regional flying agreements with American Eagle, Delta, United Airlines and US Airways.

Delta did not comment by press time.