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SKYWEST AIRLINES ORDERS UP TO 20 CANADAIR REGIONAL JET AIRCRAFT

 DOWNSVIEW, Ont., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest Airlines Inc., the Delta Connection based in St. George, Utah, announced today it has ordered up to 20 Canadair Regional Jet aircraft from the Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division.
 Today's announcement represents 10 firm orders and 10 options for the Montral-built 50-passenger twinjets and calls for deliveries starting in January, 1994.
 Value of the contract for the 10 firm aircraft is approximately US$170 million.
 "It is particularly gratifying that one of our earliest MOU holders on the Canadair Regional Jet program has followed up with this firm sale," says Bob Wohl, president, Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division.
 Indeed, SkyWest was the first United States airline to sign on with the Canadair Regional Jet program, with a memorandum of understanding signed in March, 1989, before the program was officially launched.
 "Since that time, we've had the opportunity to evaluate the best aircraft the world has to offer," says Ron Reber, senior vice president, customer service and marketing at SkyWest. "We looked at larger jets and other aircraft aimed at the regional market, and, without doubt, the Canadair Regional Jet is the airliner that will best serve our customers and our shareholders."
 SkyWest operates as a Delta Connection, operating under the Delta name and flight numbers from the Salt Lake City, Utah, and Los Angeles hubs. The airline currently operates more than 500 flights per day with its fleet of 50 turboprops.
 "Through coordination of its flights with the Delta Connection carriers, Delta continues to optimize convenient service offered to our passengers," Mr. Reber says. "Delta and SkyWest have the opportunity to enhance the service offered on some of the longer routes which cannot support larger jet aircraft while, at the same time, offering the speed and comfort of the Canadair Regional Jets."
 This announcement brings the Canadair Regional Jet order book to 46 firm orders, of which 16 aircraft have now been delivered to three customers in Europe and North America. In addition, there are 46 options, with letters of intent covering a further 92 aircraft.
 Tom Appleton, executive vice president of Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division, says this order further strengthens the Canadair Regional Jet program and is a harbinger of things to come.
 "We're extremely pleased that SkyWest has firmed up this order following such a thorough evaluation process," he says. "This airline is noted for its high technical standards and strong financial performance, and this undertaking demonstrates their commitment to their customers. In addition, I think this is further evidence of the strength of the regional airline industry and the new opportunities available to those carriers operating the Canadair Regional Jet in their markets."
 Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division and Canadair are units of Bombardier Inc., a Canadian corporation with more than 34,000 employees internationally and annual sales of more than $4.4 billion. Bombardier is engaged in the fields of aerospace, transportation and motorized consumer products.
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 /CONTACT: Colin Fisher of Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division, 416-375-3030/
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CO: SkyWest Airlines Inc.; Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division ST: Utah, Ontario IN: AIR SU: TNM

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