History

 

1972
The Beginning
The Beginning

SkyWest Airlines is founded on April 26th when Ralph Atkin buys Dixie Airlines. The operation includes a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) that offers aircraft maintenance, air ambulance service, air charter service and flight school.

"Penny-a-Pound"
"Penny-a-Pound"
SkyWest holds an open house on June 17th to celebrate the launch of their passenger service. The festivities included “penny-a-pound” airplane rides along with parachutists and aerobatic flight stunts.
First Flight
First Flight
June 19: Jerry Fackrell flies the first scheduled flight from St. George to Salt Lake City with a stop in Cedar City along the way.
Fares
Fares
Fares are $28 from St. George to Salt Lake City and $25 from Cedar City to Salt Lake City.
Pilots
Pilots
The first pilots are Earl Snow, Jerry Fackrell and Paul Leddy.
Original Fleet
Original Fleet
First fleet included a 2-seat Piper Cherokee 140, a 6-seat Cherokee Six, a 4-seat Cherokee Arrow and a 6-seat Piper Seneca.
Passengers
Passengers

A whopping 256 people utilized SkyWest’s services that year.

No Canceled Flights
No Canceled Flights
“We could say that we never cancelled a flight.  We may have gotten there four hours late, but we got people to their destination.”
-Ralph Atkin
1973
Navajo Aircraft Added to Fleet
Navajo Aircraft Added to Fleet
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The Seneca is replaced with an 8-seat Piper Navajo N76LE and a 9-seat Piper Navajo Chieftain.

Passenger Count
Passenger Count
A total of 2,039 passengers fly on SkyWest in its second year of existence.
Customer Service
Customer Service

Ralph Atkin’s wife Cheri writes the first customer service manual.

New Aquisition
New Aquisition
FBO Moab Canyonlands Air Service is purchased for proposed Moab-SLC route.
New Route
New Route

Las Vegas is added to the flight schedule.

1974
Jerry Atkin joins SkyWest
Jerry Atkin joins SkyWest

Jerry Atkin joins SkyWest as Director of Finance.

Service Expands
Service Expands

After the purchase of Page, Ariz.-based Page Aviation Services, business expands to include Bullfrog and Moab, Utah.

Stay in Business?
Stay in Business?
Much of the year is spent deciding whether to stay in business.
Passenger Numbers Up
Passenger Numbers Up
11,887 passengers are carried this year, representing a 650% increase.
From Cloud Seeding to Oil Exploration
From Cloud Seeding to Oil Exploration
SkyWest flights include oil exploration, cloud seeding and the transportation of illegal aliens back to the Mexico/California border.
1975
New "Lazy-Susan" Reservation System
New "Lazy-Susan" Reservation System
The hand-written index card reservation system is upgraded from a three-ring binder to a blue recipe-box on a “Lazy-Susan” turntable.
Losses Mount
Losses Mount
Efforts fail to sell or even give away SkyWest; losses reach $300,000.
Cost Cutting
Cost Cutting

Reorganization takes place by cutting overhead costs and personnel, and selling 3 aircraft and the Moab FBO.

Youngest President of Scheduled Airline
Youngest President of Scheduled Airline

Jerry Atkin, at the age of 26, becomes the youngest president of a scheduled airline in the country.

Passenger Count Milestone
Passenger Count Milestone
SkyWest has served a total of 30,000 passengers in its first four years.
1976
First Profitable Year
First Profitable Year
First profitable year!  Net income is $17,097.
Debt Free
Debt Free
SkyWest is also debt free as all creditors are paid off by the end of the year.
1977
Five Year Anniversary
Five Year Anniversary
SkyWest turns five years old.
First Interline Agreements
First Interline Agreements
The first Interline agreement is made with American Airlines, followed by one with United Airlines, Texas International and Hughes, allowing passengers interline check-in and baggage transfers.
5th Navajo Chieftan Acquired
5th Navajo Chieftan Acquired
SkyWest’s fifth Navajo Chieftain is acquired.
Passengers
Passengers
20,242 passengers are carried this year.
1978
Famous Passenger
Famous Passenger
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Ron Reber is hired as a ticket agent in Cedar City (CDC).  With his burger and fries spread out over the counter he asks a “familiar looking stranger” if he minds waiting while he finishes his lunch.  Robert Redford said that he didn’t mind at all.

Certifications
Certifications
SkyWest becomes the third “commuter” airline in the U.S. to be certified, operating with the same regulations as the major airlines including increased costs and responsibilities.
Upgraded Aircraft
Upgraded Aircraft
The first Fairchild Metro II is ordered.
Airline Deregulation Act passed
Airline Deregulation Act passed
The Airline Deregulation Act is passed, relieving airlines of economic regulations and route restrictions.
1979
First Metro II Delivered
First Metro II Delivered

The first 19 passenger Metro II is delivered; two more are delivered later this year.

Passenger Growth
Passenger Growth
Passenger growth is up 38%.
New Facilities
New Facilities
A new $500,000 general office and maintenance facility is built at SGU. 
Maintenance is allotted 15,000 square feet, and 9,000 square feet go toward office and shop support space.
Airline First
Airline First
SkyWest becomes first airline to be certified under FAA Part 135 rules for airlines operating aircraft carrying ten or more passengers.
Page to Phoenix Service
Page to Phoenix Service
Service begins from Page, Ariz. to Phoenix via Flagstaff.
1980
Passenger Numbers Up
Passenger Numbers Up
47% increase in passengers served this year, totaling 45,414.
150 Employees
150 Employees
Brasilia 24

SkyWest now serves eight destinations in four states with 150 total employees. 

Service Expands to Idaho
Service Expands to Idaho

Pocatello, Idaho (PIH) is opened by Ron Reber (it will become the largest SkyWest market by 1984).

1981
Continued Profitability
Continued Profitability
SkyWest is one of only five airlines to make a profit this year. Profits totaled $48,159.
Three Hubs
Three Hubs
There are now three hub cities: Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC), Phoenix, Ariz. (PHX) and Las Vegas, Nev. (LAS).
Smaller Markets Served
Smaller Markets Served
There are also five smaller points: Flagstaff, Ariz. (FLG), Page, Ariz. (PGA), St. George, Utah (SGU), Cedar City, Utah (CDC) and Pocatello, Idaho (PIH).
1982
Fleet Expanded
Fleet Expanded
The fourth Metro II is added to SkyWest’s fleet.
Permanent Route Authority
Permanent Route Authority
SkyWest is awarded permanent route authority to Elko, Ely and Reno, Nev.
Growing Route Map
Growing Route Map
SkyWest now serves 13 cities in five western states.
87 Flight Segments a Day
87 Flight Segments a Day

SkyWest operates 87 flight segments each day.

Continued Financial Growth
Continued Financial Growth
Net income is $123,000 and 81,000 passengers are carried this year.
1983
Fleet Expands
Fleet Expands

Another Metro III is added along with two more Metro IIs.

Moving Up the Ranks
Moving Up the Ranks
SkyWest ranks 42 out of the top 100 U.S. regionals.
Code Sharing is Born
Code Sharing is Born
Major carriers begin acquiring regional partners. Code sharing is born.
New Destinations
New Destinations

 Grand Junction, Colo. and Twin Falls and Boise, Idaho, are added to SkyWest’s growing list of destinations.

1984
Sun Aire Acquisition
Sun Aire Acquisition

SkyWest acquires Sun Aire. With the acquisition, SkyWest is the eleventh largest regional in the country.

New Maintenance Facility
New Maintenance Facility
A new maintenance facility in Palm Springs, Calif. is opened.
Largest Metro Fleet in World
Largest Metro Fleet in World
14 more Metros are added to the fleet, making a total of 26 – the largest Metro fleet in the world.
California & Other Destinations
California & Other Destinations
New destinations added by the acquisition are Yuma, Ariz., San Diego, Imperial, Ontario, Bakersfield, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Burbank and Borrego Springs, Calif. as well as service between Las Vegas and Carson City, Nev.
Enplanements Up
Enplanements Up
There are 163,160 total enplanements this year.
250 Employees
250 Employees
250 employees make up the SkyWest team, which grew by 45% this year.
1985
Executive Offices Moved
Executive Offices Moved

SkyWest executive offices are moved from the SGU airport to downtown St. George.

New Slogan
New Slogan
The slogan of the year is, “The West isn’t getting smaller, we’re getting bigger.  We really move our tails for you.”
Standardized Logo
Standardized Logo
A standardized paint scheme and logo is adopted.
Number 2 in SLC
Number 2 in SLC
With Western as the number one carrier in SLC, SkyWest rises to number two.
$32.3 Million in Revenue
$32.3 Million in Revenue
652,698 passengers are carried this year with revenues of $32.3 million.
1986
SkyWest Goes Public
SkyWest Goes Public
SkyWest becomes the twenty-fourth regional airline to offer its stock publicly. The shares are traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol SKYW. The initial purchase offer was 1 to 1.25 million shares at $10 a share.
IPO Helps Reduce Debt
IPO Helps Reduce Debt
This offering raised enough money to pay off a sizable chunk of the long-term debt accrued from the purchase of Sun Aire and the SGU hangar.
EMB 120 Brasilia Aircraft Added to Fleet
EMB 120 Brasilia Aircraft Added to Fleet
The money raised by the stock offering is also used for the acquisition of five new EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft, delivered from Brazil on December 24.  Klen Brooks and Earl Snow fly the Brasilia 25 hours to SGU.
SkyWest Becomes Delta Connection Carrier
SkyWest Becomes Delta Connection Carrier
Delta Air Lines announces the purchase of Western, allowing SkyWest to become a Delta Connection carrier and to better compete with other regionals, namely American Eagle and United Express.
First Flight Attendants Hired
First Flight Attendants Hired
The first Flight Attendants are hired and the first training class consisting of 25 Flight Attendants begins.
1987
Commuter/Regional Airline of the Year
Commuter/Regional Airline of the Year
Air Transport World names SkyWest the Commuter/Regional Airline of the Year.
500 Flights & Nearly 1,000 Employees
500 Flights & Nearly 1,000 Employees
38 cities in eight states and 800,000 passengers are served. 501 flights are operated, and there are nearly 1,000 employees.
Delta Connection Transition Finalized
Delta Connection Transition Finalized
The transition to Delta Connection is finalized on April 1.
Delta Buys Remaining Stock
Delta Buys Remaining Stock
Delta Air Lines buys the remaining un-issued stock, representing 20% or about one million shares.
Delta Handles All SkyWest Reservations
Delta Handles All SkyWest Reservations
Delta takes over all of SkyWest’s reservations, closing SkyWest’s reservations operations.
Brasilia Service Begins
Brasilia Service Begins
Brasilia service begins on February 1 in Palm Springs (PSP).  The fourth Brasilia is delivered in June. The fleet now consists of 41 aircraft.
Color Canyon Air Service Purchased
Color Canyon Air Service Purchased
Color Canyon Air Service is purchased and renamed CDC Air Service.
Most Profitable Year
Most Profitable Year
Net income is $3.1 million and revenues are $56 million, making this the most profitable year ever.
1988
Founders Resign From Active Management
Founders Resign From Active Management
Ralph and Sid Atkin resign from active management positions, but remain on the Board of Directors.
SkyWest Doubles in Size
SkyWest Doubles in Size
SkyWest doubles in size due to hard work and code sharing.
1,100 Employees
1,100 Employees
There are now 1,100 employees. 
Brasilia Service Expands
Brasilia Service Expands
Brasilia service begins in Boise, Idaho, Casper, Wyo. and Bozeman, Butte, Billings, Helena, Missoula, Great Falls and Kalispell, Mont.
Capacity Increase Slows Down
Capacity Increase Slows Down

Capacity increase is slowed to 15%, which is down from the 40% growth in 1987.

Fleet Continues to Expand
Fleet Continues to Expand
A new deal is arranged for six Metro IIIs to be delivered this year with five more coming next year.  The fleet now consists of 44 aircraft.  All Metro IIs are scheduled to be phased out by 1991.
1989
Regional Jets Ordered
Regional Jets Ordered
SkyWest is the first U.S. airline to order the Bombardier manufactured Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). Orders are made for 10 CRJs to be delivered, though they won’t be available until 1993.
LAX SkyWest's Largest Hub
LAX SkyWest's Largest Hub
LAX becomes SkyWest’s largest hub with 85 daily departures.
Average Fleet Age is 2.8 Years
Average Fleet Age is 2.8 Years
The average age of the fleet is 2.8 years.
Metro V Order Canceled
Metro V Order Canceled
The order for the Metro V is canceled.
Over 1 Million Passengers
Over 1 Million Passengers
1,000,865 passengers served this year – up 10.4% from last year.
1990
HQ to Stay in St. George
HQ to Stay in St. George
SkyWest decides it will keep its headquarters in St. George. Land is purchased downtown for a new corporate building to be constructed in 1992.
70,000 Square Foot Maintenance Hangar
70,000 Square Foot Maintenance Hangar
A 70,000 square foot maintenance hangar in SLC is announced and will be operational in July of 1991. With the ability to house 10-12 aircraft, it will be the largest of three SkyWest maintenance bases.
SkyWest's 43rd Station Opened
SkyWest's 43rd Station Opened

SkyWest’s 43rd station is opened in Inyokern, Calif.

1991
Change in Chairman of Board
Change in Chairman of Board
Founder Ralph Atkin retires as Chairman of the Board, but continues as board member. Jerry Atkin replaces him as Chairman.
Profits Affected by Fuel Costs
Profits Affected by Fuel Costs
Due to inflated fuel costs, profits posted this year are half that of the previous year’s. Profits total $2,024,000.
Fuel Causes Industry Troubles
Fuel Causes Industry Troubles
The cost of fuel causes four major airlines to file for bankruptcy.
Service and Fleet Expanded
Service and Fleet Expanded
SkyWest serves 42 cities in eight states with a fleet of 15 Brasilias, 35 Metros, and 1,528 employees.
1992
Groundbreaking for New Corporate Office
Groundbreaking for New Corporate Office

A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new corporate offices in St. George. The building will be 63,000 square feet, occupy 15 acres, cost $3.6 million, and house 250 employees.

Delta Connection Name Change
Delta Connection Name Change
A commitment is made to change the name from, “SkyWest, the Delta Connection,” to “Delta Connection operated by SkyWest.”
Destination Excellence Program Begins
Destination Excellence Program Begins
Destination Excellence Program begins, empowering front line employees to do the “right thing” for our customers, and exceed their expectations.
1993
$3.6 Million Corporate Office Opens
$3.6 Million Corporate Office Opens

New $3.6 million corporate office building opens in St. George

20 Brasilias Flying
20 Brasilias Flying
By the end of the year, 20 Brasilias are flying throughout the system, 21 more are on the way.
$32 Million Stock Offering
$32 Million Stock Offering
A new stock offering generates $32 million
Stock Price Soars
Stock Price Soars
The price of one share of SkyWest stock soared to $26.50, a 141% increase in just 12 months.
SkyWest Worth $100 Million
SkyWest Worth $100 Million
SkyWest is now worth more than $100 million.
1994
50-Passenger Regional Jets Arrive
50-Passenger Regional Jets Arrive

SkyWest's first four 50-passenger Bombardier manufactured Canadair Regional Jets arrive and are put into service.

Diverse Fleet
Diverse Fleet
The fleet now consists of 28 Metros, 23 Brasilias and 4 CRJ200s.
Scenic Airlines Acquired
Scenic Airlines Acquired
Scenic Airlines is acquired.
Enplanements Up
Enplanements Up
Enplanements increase from 48,000 to 340,000 passengers.
Revenues Increase 114%
Revenues Increase 114%
Revenues increased 114% from 1993.
$14.4 Million in Net Income
$14.4 Million in Net Income
$14.4 million in net income is earned.
Stock Price Continues to Rise
Stock Price Continues to Rise
Stock price continues to rise, hitting a high of $38.75.
1,800 Employees
1,800 Employees

1,800 employees make up the SkyWest team.

1995
Eight CRJ200s
Eight CRJ200s
The fleet receives four more CRJ200s, bringing the total to eight.
LAX's Number One Carrier
LAX's Number One Carrier
SkyWest operates 115 daily flights from LAX becoming the airport’s number one carrier.
Code Share With Continental
Code Share With Continental
A code sharing agreement is reached with Continental Airlines at LAX.
Cities Served Increases
Cities Served Increases
SkyWest now serves 49 cities in 11 states.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan Begins
Employee Stock Purchase Plan Begins
The Employee Stock Purchase Plan begins.
1996
1,900 Employees
1,900 Employees
1,900 employees now make up the SkyWest team.
Airline of Choice Motto
Airline of Choice Motto

“Working together to be the airline of choice,” is this year’s motto.

Brasilias Replace All Metros
Brasilias Replace All Metros
The transition from Metros to Brasilias is complete.
New Fleet
New Fleet
The fleet now consists of 47 Brasilias and 10 RJs.
1997
SkyWest Airlines 25th Anniversary
SkyWest Airlines 25th Anniversary
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The Embraer Brasilia, painted to commemorate SkyWest Airlines' 25th Anniversary.
Additional Cities Served
Additional Cities Served
SkyWest begins operating as United Express on October 1, in St. George, Utah, Yuma, Ariz., Las Vegas, Nev. and Los Angeles, Burbank, Fresno, Imperial, Monterey, Ontario, Palm Springs, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, Calif.
SkyWest Nearly Doubles with United
SkyWest Nearly Doubles with United
SkyWest begins a code-sharing agreement with United Airlines. The new agreement nearly doubles the size of SkyWest.
120 Daily Flights Out of LAX
120 Daily Flights Out of LAX
120 daily flights operate out of LAX.
$10,111,000 Net Income
$10,111,000 Net Income
Net income is $10,111,000.
1998
United Express Livery Plane Goes Online
United Express Livery Plane Goes Online
In March, the first aircraft with United Express livery goes online.
San Francisco Expansion
San Francisco Expansion
On January 19, SkyWest announces San Francisco expansion as United Express. It adds 12 new California markets and 84 daily departures. The service begins on June 1.
Pacific Northwest Expansion
Pacific Northwest Expansion
February 11, SkyWest announces new expansion in seven more California cities and 54 more daily departures in the Pacific Northwest.
First International Flight
First International Flight
April 1: the first SkyWest flight to venture out of the U.S. heads to Vancouver, Canada under the Delta Connection banner.
Portland, Oregon Hangar Opened
Portland, Oregon Hangar Opened
SkyWest’s Portland, Ore. (PDX) Hangar is opened on April 5.
1999
Airline Carries 4 Million Passengers
Airline Carries 4 Million Passengers
SkyWest carries more than 4 million passengers this year.
60 More RJs Placed On Order
60 More RJs Placed On Order
December 20: SkyWest places an order for 60 more RJs.
More EMB 120 Brasilias Arrive
More EMB 120 Brasilias Arrive
12 more EMB 120 Brasilias arrive throughout the year.
Fleet Grows to 99
Fleet Grows to 99
The year ends with a fleet of 99 aircraft.
Scenic Airlines Sold
Scenic Airlines Sold

Scenic Airlines is sold on December 28.

$21,944,000 Net Income
$21,944,000 Net Income
Net income is $21,944,000
2000
Top Regional Airline of Year
Top Regional Airline of Year
SkyWest named Top Regional Airline of the Year by Professional Pilots magazine.
Best Managed Regional Airline
Best Managed Regional Airline
SkyWest named Best Managed Regional Airline by Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine.
People Department Created
People Department Created
The People Department is created by combining Human Resources, Marketing and Recruitment, Corporate Development, Internal and External Communications, and Community Service and Culture.
Ground Broken for New Facilities
Ground Broken for New Facilities
Ground is broken for the SLC Hangar as well as a new addition to Corporate Headquarters.
Mini Indy Charitable Race
Mini Indy Charitable Race
The Mini Indy Race is created to earn money for charity and the SkyWest Scholarship Fund.
2001
Best Managed Regional Again
Best Managed Regional Again

Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine name SkyWest “Best Managed Regional Airline of the World” for the second year in a row.

Order for 64 More RJs
Order for 64 More RJs
SkyWest announces orders for 64 additional RJs.
September 11 Changes Operations
September 11 Changes Operations
From security to finances, the events of September 11 forever change the way the American airline industry operates.
Numerous New Routes
Numerous New Routes
SkyWest begins numerous new routes as the events of September 11 affect the commercial airline industry.
2002
Regional Airline of Year
Regional Airline of Year
Air Transport World magazine names SkyWest Regional Airline of the Year.
100% Contract Flying
100% Contract Flying
January 1: SkyWest becomes 100% fee-per departure, or contract flying.
CharterFest Extravaganza
CharterFest Extravaganza
CharterFest brings SkyWest employees and executives together in a four-day, 11-city extravaganza.
New Bases in Tucson
New Bases in Tucson
New Maintenance and Crew Bases are announced in Tucson (TUS).
2003
Number One On-Time Airline
Number One On-Time Airline
The US Department of Transportation names SkyWest the number one on-time airline in the United States for 2003.
New Continental Service in Houston
New Continental Service in Houston
May 19: a new code-share agreement with Continental Airlines is signed. SkyWest provides regional service for Continental in Houston, Texas as Continental Connection.
11-Year Agreement With United
11-Year Agreement With United
A new 11-year rate and growth agreement is reached with United Airlines, making SkyWest the largest United Express carrier. The agreement calls for SkyWest to operate a fleet of 140 aircraft, including 55 turbo-prop and 50-seat regional jets.
70 -Passenger Regional Jets Ordered
70 -Passenger Regional Jets Ordered
SkyWest orders 30 of Bombardier’s 70-passenger Canadair Regional Jet 700s (CRJ700) for operation in the United Express system.
Board Member Change
Board Member Change
Board member Henry J. Eyring leaves SkyWest to serve as a mission president in Japan for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is replaced by W. Steve Albrecht.
Website Launched
Website Launched

SkyWest launches www.skywest.com on July 24.

Pro-Rate Service Out of SLC
Pro-Rate Service Out of SLC

SkyWest begins pro-rate service for eight of their Delta Connection EMB 120 markets out of the SLC hub.

Over 10 Million Passengers
Over 10 Million Passengers

SkyWest serves over 10 million passengers and has net earnings of $66,787,000.00 for the year.

2004
Third Type of Aircraft Added
Third Type of Aircraft Added
SkyWest adds a third aircraft type to its fleet; the 70-passenger Bombardier manufactured Canadair Regional Jet 700 (CRJ700). Service begins February 15 between Salt Lake City, Utah, Denver, Colo. and Wichita, Kan.
Number One On-Time Airline Again
Number One On-Time Airline Again
SkyWest is named the number one on-time airline in the United States by the Department of Transportation for 2004.
Chicago Hub & Domicile Opens
Chicago Hub & Domicile Opens
The Chicago (ORD) hub and crew domicile officially opens.
7,000 Employees & 21 New Stations
7,000 Employees & 21 New Stations
SkyWest’s workforce reaches 7,000 employees and 21 new stations opened throughout the year.
First Pilot Retires After 32 Years
First Pilot Retires After 32 Years
Earl Snow, SkyWest’s first pilot and most senior employee, retires after 32 years with the company.
Colorado Springs Base and Domicle Opens
Colorado Springs Base and Domicle Opens
A maintenance base and crew domicile opens in Colorado Springs, Colo.  A new hangar will also be constructed.
Net Earnings $81,952,000
Net Earnings $81,952,000

SkyWest's net earnings are $81,952,000.

13.4 Million Passengers
13.4 Million Passengers
More than 13.4 million passengers are carried this year.
2005
SkyWest, Inc. Buys Atlantic Southeast
SkyWest, Inc. Buys Atlantic Southeast
SkyWest, Inc. acquires Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) from Delta Air Lines.
FAA Maintenance Award
FAA Maintenance Award
SkyWest Airlines receives the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Gold Award for outstanding attendance in initial and recurrent maintenance training.
Number One On-Time Mainland Airline
Number One On-Time Mainland Airline
The U.S. Department of Transportation names SkyWest 2004’s Number One On-Time Mainland Airline.
Ron Reber SkyWest Airlines Pres.
Ron Reber SkyWest Airlines Pres.
Ron Reber becomes President of SkyWest Airlines.
Forbes Magazine Recognition
Forbes Magazine Recognition
Forbes recognizes SkyWest Airlines as America’s “Best Managed Transportation Company.”
Tsunami & Hurricane Relief Donations
Tsunami & Hurricane Relief Donations
SkyWest employees donate $40,000 to tsunami relief with a company match, and more than $202,000 for ASA employee Hurricane Katrina relief with company match.
Mini Indy Raises $100,000.00
Mini Indy Raises $100,000.00
Mini Indy 2005 raises over $100,000 for United Way and SkyWest’s scholarship fund.
9,100 SkyWest Airlines Employees
9,100 SkyWest Airlines Employees
SkyWest Airlines employee count exceeds 9,100.
2006
Mini Indy Raises $83,500.00
Mini Indy Raises $83,500.00
SkyWest raises $83,500 during Mini Indy for United Way Dixie.
Bombardier CRJ900s Added To Fleet
Bombardier CRJ900s Added To Fleet

SkyWest welcomes a fourth aircraft type into its modern fleet of regional aircraft: the 70-passenger, Bombardier manufactured CRJ900.

Midwest Airlines Agreement
Midwest Airlines Agreement
SkyWest announces an agreement with Midwest Airlines to operate as Midwest Connect out of Kansas City, Mo. and Milwaukee, Wis. in April 2007.
Delivery of 250th 70-Passenger CRJ
Delivery of 250th 70-Passenger CRJ
SkyWest takes delivery of Bombardier’s 250th 70-passenger CRJ.
FAA Maintenance Recognition
FAA Maintenance Recognition
SkyWest receives the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Gold Award 2005 for outstanding attendance in initial and recurrent maintenance training.
SkyWest, Inc. Board Change
SkyWest, Inc. Board Change
SkyWest Inc. announces the appointment of Margaret “Peg” S. Billson to its Board of Directors of SkyWest.
$145.8 Million Net Income
$145.8 Million Net Income
SkyWest carries 19.5 million passengers; net income is $145.8 million.
2007
35-Year Anniversary
35-Year Anniversary
SkyWest’s 35 year anniversary is marked with celebrations and a leadership tour of SkyWest’s hubs in a special anniversary livery CRJ900.
FAA's AMT Award
FAA's AMT Award
SkyWest receives the FAA’s highest AMT Award, the Diamond.
Key Leaders Retire
Key Leaders Retire
Ron Reber, President and COO of SkyWest Airlines and Steve Hart, vice president – market development retire.
Childs Named New COO & President
Childs Named New COO & President
Russell “Chip” Childs is named new President and Chief Operating Officer of SkyWest Airlines.
SkyWest Remains Union-Free
SkyWest Remains Union-Free
After ALPA’s third attempt to organize a union at SkyWest, SkyWest Airlines’ Pilots vote to remain union-free, maintaining the airlines’ open door culture for more than 35 years.
New Colorado Springs Facility
New Colorado Springs Facility
A new state-of-the-art maintenance facility in Colorado Springs is opened. It’s the second largest hangar in the system, housing up to nine aircraft overnight.
22 New Regional Jets
22 New Regional Jets
On October 12, SkyWest announces plans to acquire 22 new Regional Jets as part of a fleet revitalization plan.
Midwest Connect Service Begins
Midwest Connect Service Begins

April: SkyWest begins service as Midwest Connect.

2008
Bombardier's Reliability Award
Bombardier's Reliability Award

For the second year in a row, SkyWest receives Bombardier’s Reliability Award for the Americas.

Over 20 Million Passengers Carried
Over 20 Million Passengers Carried
20.9 million passengers are carried this year.
$112.9 Million Net Income
$112.9 Million Net Income

SkyWest, Inc. net income is $112.9 million.

New Flight Operations VP
New Flight Operations VP
SkyWest names Klen P. Brooks as vice president – flight operations after Brad Holt becomes president of SkyWest’s sister carrier, ASA.
SkyWest Manages Midwest Connect Flights
SkyWest Manages Midwest Connect Flights
Midwest Airlines transitions all Midwest Connect regional operations from Skyway Airlines to SkyWest Airlines.
SkyWest Operations Safety Department
SkyWest Operations Safety Department
SkyWest expands scope of the Operations Safety and Compliance department, naming David Faddis director.
Fuel Costs Cause Industry Woes
Fuel Costs Cause Industry Woes
Oil peeks at $147 per barrel in July. Eight airlines declare bankruptcy or go out of business in the wake of high fuel costs.
Capacity Reduced By 15%
Capacity Reduced By 15%

SkyWest’s total planned capacity is reduced by 15% as SkyWest’s partners scale back their operations in response to fuel prices.

2009
New Livery Unveiled
New Livery Unveiled
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SkyWest unveils a new livery in blue and white.

AirTran Airways Partnership
AirTran Airways Partnership
SkyWest Airlines and AirTran Airways forge a new partnership to operate five 50-seat CRJ200 aircraft between Milwaukee and six destinations. The first flights begin from Milwaukee to Pittsburgh and St. Louis in Dec.
Operations Wind-down With Midwest
Operations Wind-down With Midwest
SkyWest reaches a mutual understanding with Midwest Airlines to wind-down Midwest Connect service.
Jerry Atkin, CEO, Anniversary
Jerry Atkin, CEO, Anniversary
SkyWest, Inc. Chairman and CEO, Jerry C. Atkin celebrates 35 years of service.
Childs Elected Chair of RAA
Childs Elected Chair of RAA
Russell “Chip” Childs, President and COO of SkyWest Airlines, is elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Airline Association (RAA) for the 2009/2010 term.
2010
Leaders Donate Time & Bikes
Leaders Donate Time & Bikes
At its annual leadership meeting, SkyWest leaders build and donate bicycles to local children in need.
Haiti Earthquake Donations
Haiti Earthquake Donations
SkyWest Airlines donates more than $184,000 to Haiti earthquake victims.
More Than 11,000 Employees
More Than 11,000 Employees
SkyWest Airlines boasts a fleet of 295 aircraft and more than 11,000 employees, serving more than 23 million passengers this year.
AMT Award of Excellence
AMT Award of Excellence

The SkyWest Maintenance Department is awarded the 2010 AMT Employer Gold Award of Excellence from the FAA. More than 550 SkyWest mechanics earn individual AMT awards in 2010.

Third Bombardier Reliability Award
Third Bombardier Reliability Award

SkyWest Airlines wins its third Bombardier Airline Reliability Award for having the highest dispatch reliability. SkyWest places first overall in the CRJ200 product category for the North America region.

2011
Utah's First Intra-State Jet Service
Utah's First Intra-State Jet Service

In conjunction with the opening of the new St. George Municipal Airport, SkyWest introduces the first-ever intrastate jet service to Utah with its SGU-SLC route.

Alaska Airlines Agreement
Alaska Airlines Agreement

SkyWest announces an agreement with Alaska Airlines to fly six West Coast routes.

SkyWest Begins Service with US Airways
SkyWest Begins Service with US Airways

SkyWest announces an agreement with US Airways to fly 16 routes in the western U.S. from Phoenix. The agreement includes 15 CRJ200 aircraft, and flying begins in December.

SkyWest Introduces Wi-fi to Flights
SkyWest Introduces Wi-fi to Flights

SkyWest begins installing wi-fi connectivity on all dual-class Delta Connection aircraft, bringing even more customer convenience onboard.

United/Continental Merger
United/Continental Merger

As United completes its integration with Continental, SkyWest begins additional flying from the Houston hub.

SkyWest’s InFlight Celebrates 25 Years
SkyWest’s InFlight Celebrates 25 Years

SkyWest’s InFlight Department celebrates 25 years of in-flight service. The initial new hire flight attendant class in 1986 had just 24 students. By 2011, the department consists of more than 2,200 men and women who provide for the safety and service of SkyWest's millions of passengers each year.

AMT Award of Excellence
AMT Award of Excellence

The SkyWest Maintenance Department receives another AMT Employer Gold Award for Excellence.

2012
SkyWest Airlines: 40 Years and Flying
SkyWest Airlines: 40 Years and Flying
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American Airlines Agreement
American Airlines Agreement

SkyWest announces a new Capacity Purchase Agreement (“CPA”) with American Airlines to operate 23 Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet aircraft under the American Eagle designation. The flights, operated primarily out of LAX, commence on Nov. 15.

SkyWest Sweeps Reliability Awards
SkyWest Sweeps Reliability Awards

SkyWest Airlines receives Bombardier’s Airline Reliability Performance Award for the third year running for the CRJ200, and is newly awarded for the CRJ700 and CRJ900 this year, sweeping all product categories.

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