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SKYWEST DELTA CONNECTION ORDERS 20 EMB-120 BRASILIAS

 ST. GEORGE, Utah, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest Delta Connection (NASDAQ: SKYW), has signed an agreement with Embraer Aircraft Corp. to purchase 20 EMB-120 Brasilia aircraft and acquire options on an additional 20. The airline currently operates 19 Brasilias and 31 Metroliners and plans delivery of its 20th next month. When completed, SkyWest will operate a total of 40 cabin- class Brasilia aircraft.
 Delivery dates for the second set of 20 begin with No. 21 in June this year, with No. 40 scheduled for sometime in 1997. "The deliveries are timed to correspond with Metroliner lease expirations, but company management is seeking means to expedite the delivery through speeding retirement of the Metro fleet or through other opportunities as they arise," said Vice President of Planning Eric Christensen.
 The transition will leave nine Metros behind -- aircraft which may continue to operate with SkyWest Airlines or which could be sold to SkyWest Inc. subsidiary Aviation Services West.
 The new aircraft are extended range models. The maximum takeoff weight in the new aircraft is increased 1,080 pounds to 26,433, and the baggage compartment weight limit is increased 243 pounds to 1,543. Embraer has agreed to retrofit the existing Brasilia fleet with these improvements as well.
 The agreement follows extensive evaluation of other aircraft types. "The Brasilia offered the best economics, and because we already fly Brasilias, we don't have transitioning costs associated with the purchase," said Christensen. He added the agreement does not preclude other aircraft acquisitions in other size categories.
 SkyWest Airlines operates as a Delta Connection carrier under a marketing agreement with Delta Air Lines. Serving 42 cities in the Western United States, SkyWest completed more than 550 flights daily.
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 /CONTACT: Annette Mikat, director of Public Affairs of SkyWest Airlines, 801-634-3560/
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