Media Release 2009-08-24
Skywest Airlines expands its fleet and adds Global Navigation Satellite System capability to its jet fleet
Skywest Airlines announced today that it has signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire another Fokker 100 jet from a leading aerospace company.
The additional jet will increase Skywest’s fleet to 16 and is anticipated to join the rest of the Skywest fleet in October after securing CASA approval and undergoing an interior and exterior refurbishment.
Skywest Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Mark Shelton said the additional aircraft will provide much needed relief on the current fleet and enable Skywest to further capitalise on the opportunities within the Western Australia mining and resource sector. "This additional jet will help to improve Skywest’s overall operational reliability and diminish the need to cross hire aircraft from other airlines" Mr Shelton said.
Skywest has also announced its commitment to the gradual installation of new safety and tracking features. It will integrate Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) into its entire fleet of 100-seat Fokker jets. The integrated GNSS will deliver more accurate aircraft tracking performance which will allow for shorter approaches at night and in bad weather, and will also save time and fuel.
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