Basically they say a deal is a deal, and we intend to operate all the contracted 50-seaters until 2020.
Could be a wrench in Delta's plans, or atleast might require a costlier offer to get Skywest to agree to something.
SkyWest Concerned About 50-Seater Fleet Under Delta’s New Feeder Plan
Delta Air Lines ’ plan to encourage its regional airline partners to end their 50-seat regional jet flying before feeder contracts expire could run into resistance at SkyWest , the largest regional operator in the U.S.
Delta plans to offer its regional airline partners contracts for new or additional 76-seat flying as an incentive to break current capacity supply agreements and reduce 50-seat regional jet operations.
SkyWest CFO Michael Kraupp, however, tells Aviation Week that such an offer would not be acceptable unless an alternative is provided for the 50-seat jets. "We have no interest in parking aircraft,” Kraupp says. “I don’t think you can make enough on dual-class aircraft coming in to justify the costs in parking the aircraft.”
SkyWest subsidiaries SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet operate about 150, 50-seat aircraft , for Delta, under 15-year contracts that Kraupp says do not expire until 2020. Kraupp is emphatic that Delta does not have any rights in the current contract to tell SkyWest to cease the 50-seater operations before the agreements expire.
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