Alaska Airlines signs flying deal with SkyWest

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines said Friday that regional carrier SkyWest Airlines will fly six West Coast routes currently flown by Alaska’s sister carrier Horizon Air, starting May 14.

The Utah-based carrier will fly the routes, four from Seattle and two from Portland, using five 70-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jets it is buying from Horizon. Alaska said that plane type can decrease time on the routes compared with Horizon’s Bombardier Q400 turboprop.

The partnership between the two airlines, known as a capacity purchase agreement, means SkyWest will operate and maintain its aircraft while Alaska is responsible for scheduling, pricing and marketing the flights.

SkyWest also operates regional flights for Delta, United and AirTran.

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