SOURCE: Atlantic Southeast Airlines

March 30, 2007 09:00 ET

Atlantic Southeast Airlines Announces Chief Operating Officer, Vice President Maintenance and Engineering

Anthony J. DiNota Named Chief Operating Officer, Kenneth Ashworth Named Vice President - Maintenance and Engineering

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 30, 2007 -- Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW), today named two leaders to key operational roles.

Anthony J. DiNota, currently ASA's vice president - Atlanta Airport Operations, was named chief operating officer (COO). At the same time, President Bryan T. LaBrecque named Kenneth "Ken" Ashworth as vice president - Maintenance and Engineering. Ashworth formerly was director of Maintenance at ASA's sister carrier SkyWest Airlines. Both positions are effective immediately.

"Anthony DiNota's process-driven vision has made him a natural leader who consistently attains positive results across ground operating divisions," said LaBrecque. "His innovative leadership, lean process experience and business acumen will be instrumental in further developing and strengthening ASA's overall operational performance -- something we are focused on continuously improving for the benefit of our customers and business partners, alike."

In his new position, DiNota will oversee and direct the day-to-day execution of ASA's operational plan that includes more than 800 daily flights to 153 domestic and international destinations.

Ken Ashworth will hold primary responsibility for strategic planning and direct oversight of ASA's Maintenance and Engineering division, including the operation of seven ASA maintenance facilities and responsibility for aircraft maintenance, engineering, quality control, production control, technical training and materiel.

"Ken Ashworth has a proven track record of success as a maintenance leader within the SkyWest, Inc. family and the regional airline industry," LaBrecque said. "Bringing Ken into the ASA operation now is the right move at the right time. With safety remaining our No. 1 priority, Ken's experience with reliability improvement and his intense focus on quality and cost efficiency will take our Maintenance and Engineering division to the next level of effectiveness."

Anthony DiNota is a 28-year industry veteran who started his aviation career as an aircraft fueling attendant in White Plains, N.Y. In 1991, DiNota joined Delta Air Lines as a line maintenance technician and took on roles of increasing responsibility until joining ASA in 2001 as vice president of Maintenance and Engineering. Most recently, Anthony led a team of more than 1,300 ASA employees through one of the largest operational improvement efforts at ASA's Atlanta hub that continues to result in improved on-time and baggage performance. Anthony holds a bachelor's of science from Thomas Edison State College and a master's of business administration (MBA) from Shorter College. He and his wife Kim have three children and reside in Fayette County, Ga.

Ken Ashworth started his commercial airline industry career in 1980 as a mechanic at SkyWest Airlines in St. George, Utah. Since then, he has held positions as a Maintenance controller and Maintenance inspector. In 1996, Ashworth became the director of Maintenance at SkyWest. In that role, he was directly involved in strategic and tactical planning efforts that elevated SkyWest Airlines' overall reliability to be among the best in the industry. He and his wife Jen have four children and will reside in Atlanta.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., operates more than 800 flights each day to 153 airports in 38 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Mexico and Turks & Caicos. Under the SkyWest, Inc. umbrella, ASA and SkyWest Airlines form the world's largest regional airline alliance. Founded in 1979, ASA has operated as a Delta Connection carrier since 1984. The airline operates a fleet of 159 aircraft and employs more than 5,700 aviation professionals across its route system. For more information, visit

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