SOURCE: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc.

February 11, 2010 15:40 ET

Atlantic Southeast Airlines Takes Flight as United Express Partner

Flights From Chicago O'Hare and Washington Dulles Start Feb. 11, 2010

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - February 11, 2010) - Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW), today launched a new partnership with United Airlines with scheduled service under the United Express code from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). ASA is starting United Express service with eight weekday flights from Chicago O'Hare, and 15 weekday flights from Washington Dulles, using eight newly refurbished 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. In May, ASA will add six CRJ200 aircraft to the United Express operation, bringing the average number of weekday flights to 90 and the total number of cities served by ASA in the United Express network to 21.

According to Bradford Holt, ASA president and COO, "We are very proud to expand our business to include this new partnership with United Airlines, while remaining steadfast in our commitment to providing safe, reliable service to customers of both our mainline partners." He continued, "This is an exciting time at ASA made possible by the incredible dedication and hard work of ASA people to continue driving safety and quality into every area of our product."

Cindy Szadokierski - vice president Airport Operations Planning and United Express, added, "We welcome ASA to the United Express family and look forward to working with them in providing our customers a seamless travel experience across the country."

ASA opened a new crew domicile at Washington Dulles for 120 crewmembers and seven maintenance professionals working to support the United Express network.

The inaugural ASA-operated United Express flight departed on time today from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus, Ohio, at 6:24 a.m. CST.

     Destinations operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines
         for United Express effective Feb. 11, 2010

Washington Dulles International     Chicago O'Hare International
          Airport                             Airport
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Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio       Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio
Columbia, S.C.                      Columbia, S.C.
Huntsville, Ala.                    Huntsville, Ala.
New York, N.Y.(JFK)*, (LGA)         Pensacola, Fla.
Pensacola, Fla.                     Roanoke, Va.
Roanoke, Va.                        Rochester, N.Y.
Savannah, Ga.                       Savannah, Ga.
*flights start Feb. 28              South Bend, Ind.

About ASA: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., operates more than 800 daily flights using its all-jet fleet to 104 airports in 28 U.S. states, District of Columbia, Bahamas and Canada. Under the SkyWest, Inc. umbrella, ASA and SkyWest Airlines form the world's largest regional airline alliance. Founded in 1979, ASA operated solely as a Delta Connection carrier since 1984, until adding United Express operations on Feb. 11, 2010. The airline operates a fleet of 160 aircraft and employs more than 3,500 aviation professionals across its route system. For more information, visit www.flyasa.com.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Kate Modolo
    ASA Corporate Communications
    404-856-1199

    Mike Kraupp
    SkyWest, Inc. Vice President Finance and Treasury
    435-634-3205