1972: The Beginning
SkyWest Airlines is founded on April 26th when Ralph Atkin buys Dixie Airlines. The operation includes a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) that offers aircraft maintenance, air ambulance service, air charter service and flight school.
1972: First Flight
1972: Original Fleet
A whopping 256 people utilized SkyWest’s services that year.
1972: No Canceled Flights
“We could say that we never cancelled a flight. We may have gotten there four hours late, but we got people to their destination.”
1973: Passenger Count
1973: Customer Service
Ralph Atkin’s wife Cheri writes the first customer service manual.
1973: New Acquisition
FBO Moab Canyonlands Air Service is purchased for proposed Moab-SLC route.
1973: New Route
Las Vegas is added to the flight schedule.
1973: Navajo Aircraft Added to Fleet
The Seneca is replaced with an 8-seat Piper Navajo N76LE and a 9-seat Piper Navajo Chieftain.
1974: Jerry Atkin joins SkyWest
Jerry Atkin joins SkyWest as Director of Finance.
1974: Service Expands
After the purchase of Page, Ariz.-based Page Aviation Services, business expands to include Bullfrog and Moab, Utah.
1974: Stay in Business?
1974: Passenger Numbers Up
1974: From Cloud Seeding to Oil Exploration
1975: Losses Mount
1975: Cost Cutting
Reorganization takes place by cutting overhead costs and personnel, and selling 3 aircraft and the Moab FBO.
1975: Youngest President of Scheduled Airline
Jerry Atkin, at the age of 26, becomes the youngest president of a scheduled airline in the country.
1975: New "Lazy-Susan" Reservation System
1975: Passenger Count Milestone
1977: Five Year Anniversary
1977: First Interline Agreements
1977: 5th Navajo Chieftain Acquired
SkyWest’s fifth Navajo Chieftain is acquired.
1978: Upgraded Aircraft
1978: Airline Deregulation Act passed
1978: Famous Passenger
Ron Reber is hired as a ticket agent in Cedar City (CDC). With his burger and fries spread out over the counter he asks a “familiar looking stranger” if he minds waiting while he finishes his lunch. Robert Redford said that he didn’t mind at all.
1979: Passenger Growth
1979: New Facilities
Maintenance is allotted 15,000 square feet, and 9,000 square feet go toward office and shop support space.
1979: Airline First
1979: Page to Phoenix Service
1979: First Metro II Delivered
The first 19 passenger Metro II is delivered; two more are delivered later this year.
1980: 150 Employees
SkyWest now serves eight destinations in four states with 150 total employees.
1980: Service Expands to Idaho
Pocatello, Idaho (PIH) is opened by Ron Reber (it will become the largest SkyWest market by 1984).
1980: Passenger Numbers Up
1981: Three Hubs
1981: Smaller Markets Served
1981: Continued Profitability
1982: Permanent Route Authority
1982: Growing Route Map
1982: Fleet Expanded
1982: 87 Flight Segments a Day
SkyWest operates 87 flight segments each day.
1982: Continued Financial Growth
1983: Moving Up the Ranks
1983: Code Sharing is Born
1983: Fleet Expands
Another Metro III is added along with two more Metro IIs.
1983: New Destinations
Grand Junction, Colo. and Twin Falls and Boise, Idaho, are added to SkyWest’s growing list of destinations.
1984: Enplanements Up
1984: 250 Employees
1984: New Maintenance Facility
1984: Largest Metro Fleet in World
1984: California & Other Destinations
1984: Sun Aire Acquisition
SkyWest acquires Sun Aire. With the acquisition, SkyWest is the eleventh largest regional in the country.
1985: $32.3 Million in Revenue
1985: Executive Offices Moved
SkyWest executive offices are moved from the SGU airport to downtown St. George.
1985: New Slogan
1985: Standardized Logo
1985: Number 2 in SLC
1986: SkyWest Goes Public
1986: IPO Helps Reduce Debt
1986: EMB 120 Brasilia Aircraft Added to Fleet
1986: SkyWest Becomes Delta Connection Carrier
1986: First Flight Attendants Hired
1987: 500 Flights & Nearly 1,000 Employees
1987: Commuter/Regional Airline of the Year
1987: Delta Connection Transition Finalized
1987: Delta Buys Remaining Stock
1987: Delta Handles All SkyWest Reservations
1987: Brasilia Service Begins
1987: Color Canyon Air Service Purchased
1987: Most Profitable Year
1988: SkyWest Doubles in Size
1988: 1,100 Employees
1988: Founders Resign From Active Management
1988: Brasilia Service Expands
1988: Capacity Increase Slows Down
Capacity increase is slowed to 15%, which is down from the 40% growth in 1987.
1988: Fleet Continues to Expand
1989: Regional Jets Ordered
1989: LAX SkyWest's Largest Hub
1989: Average Fleet Age is 2.8 Years
1989: Metro V Order Canceled
1989: Over 1 Million Passengers
1990: HQ to Stay in St. George
1990: SkyWest's 43rd Station Opened
SkyWest’s 43rd station is opened in Inyokern, Calif.
1990: 70,000 Square Foot Maintenance Hangar
1991: Profits Affected by Fuel Costs
1991: Fuel Causes Industry Troubles
1991: Change in Chairman of Board
1991: Service and Fleet Expanded
1992: Groundbreaking for New Corporate Office
A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new corporate offices in St. George. The building will be 63,000 square feet, occupy 15 acres, cost $3.6 million, and house 250 employees.
1992: Delta Connection Name Change
1992: Destination Excellence Program Begins
1993: 20 Brasilias Flying
1993: $32 Million Stock Offering
1993: Stock Price Soars
1993: SkyWest Worth $100 Million
1993: $3.6 Million Corporate Office Opens
New $3.6 million corporate office building opens in St. George
1994: 50-Passenger Regional Jets Arrive
SkyWest's first four 50-passenger Bombardier manufactured Canadair Regional Jets arrive and are put into service.
1994: Diverse Fleet
1994: Scenic Airlines Acquired
1994: Enplanements Up
1994: Revenues Increase 114%
1994: $14.4 Million in Net Income
1994: Stock Price Continues to Rise
1994: 1,800 Employees
1,800 employees make up the SkyWest team.
1995: LAX's Number One Carrier
1995: Code Share With Continental
1995: Eight CRJ200s
1995: Cities Served Increases
1995: Employee Stock Purchase Plan Begins
1996: Airline of Choice Motto
“Working together to be the airline of choice,” is this year’s motto.
1996: Brasilias Replace All Metros
1996: New Fleet
1996: 1,900 Employees
1997: Additional Cities Served
1997: SkyWest Nearly Doubles with United
1997: 120 Daily Flights Out of LAX
1997: $10,111,000 Net Income
1997: SkyWest Airlines 25th Anniversary
1998: United Express Livery Plane Goes Online
1998: San Francisco Expansion
1998: Pacific Northwest Expansion
1998: First International Flight
1998: Portland, Oregon Hangar Opened
1999: 60 More RJs Placed On Order
1999: More EMB 120 Brasilias Arrive
1999: Fleet Grows to 99
1999: Scenic Airlines Sold
Scenic Airlines is sold on December 28.
1999: Airline Carries 4 Million Passengers
1999: $21,944,000 Net Income
2000: Top Regional Airline of Year
2000: Best Managed Regional Airline
2000: People Department Created
2000: Ground Broken for New Facilities
2000: Mini Indy Charitable Race
2001: Best Managed Regional Again
Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine name SkyWest “Best Managed Regional Airline of the World” for the second year in a row.
2001: Order for 64 More RJs
2001: September 11 Changes Operations
2001: Numerous New Routes
2002: Regional Airline of Year
2002: 100% Contract Flying
2002: CharterFest Extravaganza
2002: New Bases in Tucson
2003: Number One On-Time Airline
2003: New Continental Service in Houston
2003: 11-Year Agreement With United
2003: 70 -Passenger Regional Jets Ordered
2003: Board Member Change
2003: Website Launched
SkyWest launches www.skywest.com on July 24.
2003: Pro-Rate Service Out of SLC
SkyWest begins pro-rate service for eight of their Delta Connection EMB 120 markets out of the SLC hub.
2003: Over 10 Million Passengers
SkyWest serves over 10 million passengers and has net earnings of $66,787,000.00 for the year.
2004: Number One On-Time Airline Again
2004: Third Type of Aircraft Added
2004: Chicago Hub & Domicile Opens
2004: 7,000 Employees & 21 New Stations
2004: First Pilot Retires After 32 Years
2004: Colorado Springs Base and Domicile Opens
A maintenance base and crew domicile opens in Colorado Springs, Colo. A new hangar will also be constructed.
2004: Net Earnings $81,952,000
SkyWest's net earnings are $81,952,000.
2004: 13.4 Million Passengers
2005: FAA Maintenance Award
2005: SkyWest, Inc. Buys Atlantic Southeast
2005: Number One On-Time Mainland Airline
2005: Ron Reber SkyWest Airlines Pres.
2005: Forbes Magazine Recognition
2005: Tsunami & Hurricane Relief Donations
2005: Mini Indy Raises $100,000.00
2005: 9,100 SkyWest Airlines Employees
2006: Mini Indy Raises $83,500.00
2006: Bombardier CRJ900s Added To Fleet
SkyWest welcomes a fourth aircraft type into its modern fleet of regional aircraft: the 70-passenger, Bombardier manufactured CRJ900.
2006: Midwest Airlines Agreement
2006: Delivery of 250th 70-Passenger CRJ
2006: FAA Maintenance Recognition
2006: SkyWest, Inc. Board Change
2006: $145.8 Million Net Income
2007: FAA's AMT Award
2007: 35-Year Anniversary
2007: Key Leaders Retire
2007: Childs Named New COO & President
2007: SkyWest Remains Union-Free
2007: New Colorado Springs Facility
2007: 22 New Regional Jets
2007: Midwest Connect Service Begins
April: SkyWest begins service as Midwest Connect.
2008: Over 20 Million Passengers Carried
2008: Bombardier's Reliability Award
For the second year in a row, SkyWest receives Bombardier’s Reliability Award for the Americas.
2008: $112.9 Million Net Income
SkyWest, Inc. net income is $112.9 million.
2008: New Flight Operations VP
2008: SkyWest Manages Midwest Connect Flights
2008: SkyWest Operations Safety Department
2008: Fuel Costs Cause Industry Woes
2008: Capacity Reduced By 15%
SkyWest’s total planned capacity is reduced by 15% as SkyWest’s partners scale back their operations in response to fuel prices.
2009: AirTran Airways Partnership
2009: New Livery Unveiled
SkyWest unveils a new livery in blue and white.
2009: Operations Wind-down With Midwest
2009: Jerry Atkin, CEO, Anniversary
2009: Childs Elected Chair of RAA
2010: Haiti Earthquake Donations
2010: Leaders Donate Time & Bikes
2010: More Than 11,000 Employees
2010: AMT Award of Excellence
The SkyWest Maintenance Department is awarded the 2010 AMT Employer Gold Award of Excellence from the FAA. More than 550 SkyWest mechanics earn individual AMT awards in 2010.
2010: Third Bombardier Reliability Award
SkyWest Airlines wins its third Bombardier Airline Reliability Award for having the highest dispatch reliability. SkyWest places first overall in the CRJ200 product category for the North America region.
2011: Utah's First Intra-State Jet Service
In conjunction with the opening of the new St. George Municipal Airport, SkyWest introduces the first-ever intrastate jet service to Utah with its SGU-SLC route.
2011: Alaska Airlines Agreement
SkyWest announces an agreement with Alaska Airlines to fly six West Coast routes.
2011: SkyWest Begins Service with US Airways
SkyWest announces an agreement with US Airways to fly 16 routes in the western U.S. from Phoenix. The agreement includes 15 CRJ200 aircraft, and flying begins in December.
2011: SkyWest Introduces Wi-fi to Flights
SkyWest begins installing wi-fi connectivity on all dual-class Delta Connection aircraft, bringing even more customer convenience onboard.
2011: United/Continental Merger
As United completes its integration with Continental, SkyWest begins additional flying from the Houston hub.
2011: SkyWest’s InFlight Celebrates 25 Years
SkyWest’s InFlight Department celebrates 25 years of in-flight service. The initial new hire flight attendant class in 1986 had just 24 students. By 2011, the department consists of more than 2,200 men and women who provide for the safety and service of SkyWest's millions of passengers each year.
2011: AMT Award of Excellence
The SkyWest Maintenance Department receives another AMT Employer Gold Award for Excellence.
2012: SkyWest Airlines: 40 Years and Flying
2012: American Airlines Agreement
SkyWest announces a new Capacity Purchase Agreement (“CPA”) with American Airlines to operate 23 Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet aircraft under the American Eagle designation. The flights, operated primarily out of LAX, commence on Nov. 15.
2012: SkyWest Sweeps Reliability Awards
SkyWest Airlines receives Bombardier’s Airline Reliability Performance Award for the third year running for the CRJ200, and is newly awarded for the CRJ700 and CRJ900 this year, sweeping all product categories.
2013: SkyWest Secures Agreement to Fly 40 E175
SkyWest, Inc. announces an agreement with Embraer for the purchase of 100 new E175 dual-class jet aircraft, with 40 firm deliveries anticipated in 2014-15. The agreement also includes options for an additional 100 E175 aircraft and would be valued at $8.3 billion if all 200 aircraft are ordered. SkyWest Airlines will operate the 40 firm E175 deliveries under a new Capacity Purchase Agreement (“CPA”) with United Airlines.
2013: Spirit of SkyWest: Crisis Fund
SkyWest Airlines launches the Spirit of SkyWest: Crisis Fund, a unique program that allows employees to help other employees in need.
2013: SkyWest Receives Top Reliability Honors
SkyWest Airlines receives Bombardier’s Airline Reliability Performance Award for the second consecutive year for the CRJ700 and CRJ900.
2013: 2,000 Flights in One Day
In July 2013, SkyWest Airlines hit a new milestone by successfully operating more than 2,000 flights in one day.
2014: First 76-Passenger E175 Received
SkyWest Airlines receives its first dual-class 76-passenger E175. The aircraft begins operations on May 17 between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Washington Reagan National Airport.
2014: Mike Gibson, VP of Maintenance Retires
After 26 years of service, Mike Gibson, vice president of Maintenance, retires. Bill Dykes assumes the role of VP.
2014: SkyWest Earns CRJ700/900 Reliability Awa
SkyWest was awarded Bombardier’s Airline Reliability Award for maintaining top dispatch reliability with the CRJ700/900.
2014: Transition to an All-Jet Fleet Announced
On Nov. 17, SkyWest announced they would begin transitioning to an all-jet fleet by removing the 30-seat EMB 120 Brasilia from service by summer 2015.
2014: Jerry Celebrates 40 Years
Jerry Atkin celebrated 40 years with SkyWest on Sept. 1. Jerry has led the way for SkyWest to become a worldwide airline leader and is the longest-tenured CEO in the industry.
2014: Mike Thompson Named SkyWest COO
Mike Thompson was named COO of SkyWest Airlines in May 2014 and is responsible to oversee the airline’s operations. He previously served as Vice President of Market Development where he managed SkyWest’s pro-rate operations and helped adapt to rapidly changing network needs across the industry.
2015: Mini Indy Marks 15 Years
SkyWest’s premier charity race, Mini Indy, raced into its 15th anniversary in 2015 and continues to bring together businesses from around the world to support those in need in Southern Utah.
2015: Fort Wayne Hangar Opens
The addition of a new hangar in Fort Wayne, Indiana allows SkyWest to better support aircraft that are flying across the United States. The hangar is capable of housing four overnight aircraft.
2015: E175 Service Begins for Alaska Airlines
The first, SkyWest-operated E175s for Alaska Airlines began flying in July with service from Seattle to both Milwaukee and Oklahoma City.
2015: New Boise Hangar
SkyWest built a new 130,000 square-foot maintenance hangar in Boise, Idaho to help support large, dual-class aircraft. The facility is also geographically positioned to ensure the fleet receives regular touch time by mechanics.
2016: Chip Childs Succeeds Jerry Atkin
On Jan. 1, 2016, Chip Childs succeeded Jerry Atkin as the President and CEO of SkyWest, Inc. Chip was also elected to the SkyWest, Inc. Board of Directors. Jerry continues actively serving the company as SkyWest, Inc. Chairman of the Board.
2016: Record-Setting Performance
The SkyWest team achieves multiple operating milestones, including 30 consecutive days with zero controllable cancellations and 191 total such days in 2016.
2016: E175 Service Begins for Delta Air Lines
The first, SkyWest-operated E175s for Delta Air Lines begin flying from Seattle to San Diego. The 19 new Delta E175s bring the total number of the aircraft type at SkyWest to 63 with 41 more scheduled for delivery in 2017 for a total 104.
2016: Detroit Crew Domicile & Maintenance Hangar
SkyWest opens a new crew domicile and maintenance hangar in Detroit to support a growing Delta operation in the Midwest.
2017: SkyWest Celebrates 45 Years of Flying
2017: Additional Aircraft Orders
SkyWest, Inc. announces additional aircraft orders for Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Under the agreements, SkyWest Airlines will take delivery of 30 E175 SCs for Delta and 15 E175s for Alaska. The new aircraft are all expected to be in service by the third quarter of 2018.
2017: BOI, SAN and ATL domiciles open
As the SkyWest operation grows and expands across the country, new crew domiciles are opened in Boise, San Diego and Atlanta, bringing the total number of SkyWest crew domiciles to 18.
2017: New Maintenance Hangars
A new 90,000 foot maintenance hangar opens in Nashville and an additional hangar is opened in Milwaukee. Additionally, SkyWest announces a new maintenance base and hangar in Oklahoma City and a new maintenance line station in Chattanooga, Tennessee to be opened in 2018.
2017: Habitat for Humanity
As part of SkyWest’s celebration of 45 years of flying, SkyWest team members across the country participate in Habitat for Humanity builds in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City to give back to the communities in which employees live and work.
2017: Hurricane Harvey Support
SkyWest people donate more than $50,000 through the Spirit of SkyWest: Crisis Fund to aid SkyWest team members who suffered catastrophic loss due to record flooding as a result of Hurricane Flooding in Houston.
2017: Brad Blake Named VP of OCC
Brad Blake is named VP of SkyWest’s OCC, overseeing the SkyWest Operations Control Center as it plays an increasingly important role in SkyWest’s operation performance.