LONDON – SkyWest Airlines has signed a firm deal with Embraer for nine E175 jets. The order, valued at $422 million, will see the aircraft operate under the 76-seat configuration.

The aircraft will be destined to Delta Air Lines, under the Delta Connection brand.

Commenting on the firm deal was Charlie Hillis, VP of Sales & Marketing for North America at Embraer, who expressed extreme pride in the support for the program.

“Since 2013, SkyWest has purchased a total of 158 E175s, including these nine, in order to expand their large existing fleet of Embraer aircraft,” he said.

“We are extremely proud of their ongoing support for the E-Jets program and the fact that the E175 continues to outperform in North America. Without a doubt, the E175 has become the backbone of the regional aviation market in the U.S.”

Chip Childs, President and CEO at SkyWest also emphasised on the strong partnership the carrier has with Embraer.

“We’re pleased to continue adding new E175 aircraft under long-term contract to our increasingly efficient, agile and flexible fleet,” he said.

“We appreciate Embraer’s strong partnership and remain impressed with the Embraer product.”

Embraer has now sold over 565 E175s since January 2013, which represents over 80% of the market share in the 70-76 seat market.

The relationship with SkyWest dates back to when the carrier was early customers for the EMB120 Brasilia Turboprop Aircraft.

The E-Jet program collectively has received over 1,800 orders, with around 1,500 aircraft being delivered and flying across 70 customers in 50 different countries.

The nine E175s will contribute to the 2,500 daily flights that occur with SkyWest, handling around 50 million passengers annually.