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 ST. GEORGE, Utah., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest Airlines (NASDAQ: SKYW), a Delta Connection carrier, today announced a major expansion of service from its Salt Lake City hub as it will begin non- stop service to Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena, Calif.; Casper, Wyo.; and Rapid City and Sioux Falls, S.D., on April 3, 1994. At the same time, the airline will expand its service to Butte, Mont., to three non-stop flights daily.
 SkyWest today also announced an order for 10 Canadair Regional Jets with Bombardier Aircraft Corp. The 50-passenger planes will be the carrier's first jet aircraft with deliveries beginning in January 1994, continuing through February 1996. The contract with Bombardier included options for 10 additional jets exercisable in 1995.
 The new service to Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena, Butte, Casper, Rapid City and Sioux Falls will feature the new Canadair Jets, and SkyWest will place the aircraft in other current markets as well, replacing the current 30-passenger Brasilia. The inauguration of jet service is planned for March 1, 1994, from Salt Lake City to Boise, Idaho, where SkyWest offers three non-stop flights daily.
 "Current 400-mile-plus markets require more speed and seats than the EMB-120 Brasilia offers," said Ron Reber, senior vice president Customer Service and Marketing for the Southern Utah-based carrier. "The Canadair Regional Jet provides excellent economics, range and flexibility and positions SkyWest to expand our existing service as well as add new markets from our Los Angeles and Salt Lake City hubs."
 Operated with a crew of one flight attendant and two pilots, the Canadair Jets can cruise at speeds of 530 miles per hour at altitudes up to 41,000 feet and is the quietest jet in the world, according to industry studies. In addition, exhaust emission levels are significantly lower than established global limits, making the plane the most environmentally friendly jet airliner on the market.
 "Our new jets will offer exceptional passenger comfort with over six feet of headroom, a 31-inch seat pitch and wide aisle," said Reber. "Engineered for a quiet, comfortable ride, they are complete with galley, lavatory, overhead storage and individual passenger service units featuring personal reading light, fresh air vent and flight attendant call button."
 SkyWest's new Salt Lake City service will feature three non-stop flights daily to Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena, three non-stop flights daily to Butte, two non-stop flights daily to Casper, two non-stops and one- stop flight daily to Rapid City, and a non-stop and a one-stop flight daily to Sioux Falls.
 The expansion at Salt Lake City will increase SkyWest's operations here from today's 60 flights serving 20 destinations to a total of 65 flights with service to 24 cities on April 3.
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 /CONTACT: Annette Mikat, director of public affairs of SkyWest Airlines, 801-634-3560/

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