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SkyWest expands order for new regional jet


The regional airline SkyWest finalized its order for 100 new Mitsubishi regional jets this week with options for an additional 100 aircraft in a deal worth $4.2 billion. While SkyWest announced plans to make the purchase over the summer, the company had previously disclosed buying just 100 of the jets at first. The purchase is the biggest yet for Mitsubishi, which is hoping its 70- and 90-seat MRJ models will be able to gain a fifth of the regional jet market share in the coming years and compete against Embraer and Bombardier, which dominate the market. SkyWest currently runs about 740 aircraft on 4,000 flights a day in North America. Its fleet comprises older Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets, as well as Embraer Brasilia turboprops and larger CRJ variants.. The airline joins Japan’s All Nippon Airways and the U.S. regional carrier Trans States Holdings as the only customers for the MRJ, which now tallies 325 firm orders and options.