SOURCE: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc.

November 21, 2007 11:30 ET

Bradford R. Holt Named President, COO of Atlantic Southeast Airlines

Industry Veteran Takes Helm as Bryan LaBrecque Retires From ASA

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 21, 2007) - Bradford "Brad" R. Holt this week was named president and chief operating officer (COO) of Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW). Holt will replace Bryan T. LaBrecque, who announced his retirement earlier this month, and former COO, Anthony J. DiNota, who in October resigned from the airline to pursue another career opportunity. Holt's appointment will be effective Dec. 1, 2007.

"Never has there been a more critical time to show our customers and partners ASA's dedication to excellent customer service. Therefore, we have selected our best talent to fill this crucial leadership position," said Jerry Atkin, chairman and chief executive officer of SkyWest Inc. "Brad played an important part in establishing SkyWest Airlines as a premier operator through his leadership roles in the Flight Operations, Operations Control Center and Corporate Safety divisions, and I am confident that his passion for flying and his in-depth knowledge of the regional airline industry qualify him as a perfect fit to lead ASA."

"The future is bright at ASA because it is a strong company with proud, dedicated people at its core," noted Holt. "I am looking forward to this opportunity to work alongside ASA's people to move into a new era of competitiveness, growth and operational excellence."

Prior to his appointment as president, Holt served as vice president of Flight Operations at St. George-based SkyWest Airlines. In that position, he was responsible for all flight operations, airline operational control, operations control center, crew support, training and standards, and corporate safety functions. His past experience includes nearly 25 years at SkyWest -- 21 of which were in leadership positions. Holt joined SkyWest as a line pilot in 1983 and held roles of increasing responsibility including pilot instructor, check airman, chief instructor pilot and director of Flight Standards and Training before taking over as vice president in 1991.

About Atlantic Southeast Airlines

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., operates more than 800 flights each day to 133 airports in 33 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 4,300 aviation professionals across its route system. For more information, visit

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