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"This is a positive result for Delta. It accommodates Delta in its plan to reduce its 50-seat fleet and us as a major partner ... I don’t know that it ends the issue, but this is obviously a sizeable movement at this time."
SkyWest is making other moves to replace its 50-seat-focused fleet with bigger jets. Last month, the airline announced an agreement to buy 100 regional jets from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. in a deal that marks SkyWest’s biggest cash outlay for aircraft in its history. The jets will be 90-seaters, although SkyWest has the option to buy a few smaller 70-seat jets.
With 50-seat jets on the way out, expect SkyWest to announce more orders in the next year.
"We have nothing else to announce at this point. But you should stay tuned," Kraupp said.
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