SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined December 2015 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines

12 Jan, 2016, 11:00 ET from SkyWest, Inc.

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") today reported 166,536 block hours in December 2015, compared to 185,491 block hours in December 2014, a decrease of 18,955, or 10.2%. The net decrease was consistent with SkyWest's fleet transition plan to improve the mix of aircraft in its fleet by adding new dual class aircraft to its fleet, while reducing its 50-seat and 30-seat aircraft.

The year-over-year net change was primarily driven by approximately 8,600 additional block hours from its incremental 76-seat E175 aircraft and a decrease of approximately 27,200 block hours from fewer 50-seat jet (CRJ200s and ERJ135s/145s) and 30-seat turboprop (EMB-120) aircraft. 

In December 2015, SkyWest's dual class aircraft (CRJ700s, CRJ900s and E175s) represented approximately 42% of SkyWest's total block hour production for the month compared to approximately 33% for the month of December 2014.       

SkyWest reported 2,074,804 block hours for year-to-date December 2015, compared to 2,275,560 block hours year-to-date December 2014, a decrease of 200,756, or 8.8%. This net change was primarily driven by approximately 103,000 additional block hours from SkyWest's E175 aircraft and a decrease of approximately 293,000 block hours from fewer 50-seat jet and 30-seat turboprop aircraft.

SkyWest had 96,315 departures in December 2015 compared to 107,112 in December 2014, a decrease of 10,797, or 10.1%. SkyWest generated 2.90 billion available seat miles (ASMs) for December 2015, compared to 3.13 billion ASMs for December 2014, or a 7.4% decrease. Additional flight statistics for December, including passengers enplaned, revenue passenger miles, and passenger load factors, are included in the accompanying table.

                                                                                   

SKYWEST, INC. DECEMBER FLIGHT STATISTICS

Block Hour Summary:

Month

Month

Month

YTD

YTD

YTD

By Fleet:

December 2015

December 2014

% Change

December 2015

December 2014

% Change

     CRJ200

51,540

56,761

(9.2)

659,358

719,937

(8.4)

     CRJ700

37,491

38,418

(2.4)

446,736

460,718

(3.0)

     CRJ900

18,138

17,552

3.3

207,628

204,414

1.6

     ERJ135/145

45,150

61,869

(27.0)

622,650

774,171

(19.6)

     E175

14,217

5,587

154.4

126,108

23,076

446.5

     EMB-120

-

5,304

(100.0)

12,324

93,244

(86.8)

Total Block Hours

166,536

185,491

(10.2)

2,074,804

2,275,560

(8.8)

Month

Month

Month

YTD

YTD

YTD

By Airline:

December 2015

December 2014

% Change

December 2015

December 2014

% Change

     SkyWest Airlines

91,070

88,904

2.4

1,074,809

1,060,147

1.4

     ExpressJet Airlines

75,466

96,587

(21.9)

999,995

1,215,413

(17.7)

Total Block Hours

166,536

185,491

(10.2)

2,074,804

2,275,560

(  8.8)

Other Flight Statistics:

Month

Month

Month

YTD

YTD

YTD

December 2015

December 2014

% Change

December 2015

December 2014

% Change

Departures

96,315

107,112

(10.1)

1,226,897

1,357,454

(9.6)

Available Seat Miles

2,899,201,124

3,130,128,253

(7.4)

35,902,503,098

38,220,150,276

(6.1)

Revenue Passenger Miles

2,382,595,687

2,577,882,531

(7.6)

29,671,910,545

31,499,396,743

(5.8)

Passengers

4,450,219

4,746,121

(6.2)

56,228,593

58,962,010

(4.6)

Load Factor

82.2

82.4

(0.2) pts

82.6

82.4

0.2 pts

 

About SkyWest

SkyWest, Inc. was named on Forbes 'America's Best Employers 2015' list and was Air Transport World's Regional Airline of the Year in 2014. SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest's airline companies provide commercial air service in cities across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with more than 3,500 scheduled daily flights. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. ExpressJet Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. SkyWest continues to set the standard for excellence in the regional industry with unmatched value for customers, shareholders and its nearly 20,000 employees. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at inc.skywest.com.

 

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