SkyWest buying more jets

Posted: 9:24 AM- Bloomberg News

SkyWest Inc., the St. George, Utah-based regional air carrier with the world's largest fleet of Bombardier Inc.'s CRJ jets, agreed to buy 22 more of the planes in an order valued at $773 million.

The purchase includes 18 CRJ-700 NextGen and four CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft, the company said in a statement today. SkyWest also took options on another 22 of the planes that can be supplied to either model.

SkyWest will use the aircraft on commuter flights it provies for UAL Corp.'s United Airlines and for Delta Air Lines Inc. The regional carrier already has 363 CRJ jets. The new order inclues 66-seat CRJ-700s to be used for United Express service and 76-seat CRJ-900s for Delta Connection flights.

Montreal-based Bombardier is the world's third-largest planemaker behind Airbus SAS and Boeing Co.