owned by SkyWest Inc. of St. George, UT, USA, took delivery of the first of a
firm order of 40 E175s at a ceremony in São José dos Campos on March 28. SkyWest will fly the E175s on behalf of
United Airlines under its United Express brand.
features a three-zone seating arrangement - 12 United First seats, 16 Economy
Plus seats and 48 Economy seats – a multi-pitch layout that is also in United’s
relationship with Embraer dates back to 1986 when the airline ordered the first
of many EMB120 turboprops. Today, more
than 40 EMB120s are still in service with the carrier and are linking
communities throughout the western USA.
L-R: Charlie Hillis, VP, Marketing & Sales, Embraer North America; Chip Childs, President & COO, SkyWest; Luis Carlos Affonso, Chief Operating Officer, Embraer SA; Klen Brooks, VP Operations, SkyWest.
(Chip) Childs, SkyWest’s President and Chief Operating Officer, cut a ceremonial
red ribbon with Mr. Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer’s Chief Operating Officer, to
officially mark the delivery. Also on
hand was long-service employee Mr. Klen Brooks, VP of Operations for SkyWest,
who was part of the airline’s original acceptance team for the first EMB120 in
Factory employees presented photos representing
“old and new” Embraer aircraft to Mr. Childs and Mr. Brooks.
At the ceremony,
Embraer recognized the long history between the companies and SkyWest’s
transition from Embraer turboprops to large jets. A gift of framed photographs of the first
EMB120 and the E175 were presented to Mr. Childs. Each photographed carried the inscription
“One great airplane … leads to another.”
SkyWest is also
the launch customer for the E175-E2. It
ordered 100 of the next-generation E-Jets with options for 100 additional
airplanes. Deliveries are scheduled to
start in 2020.
First seats on the E175 feature in-seat power ports.