Through SkyWest Airlines and ASA, our wholly-owned subsidiaries, we offer scheduled passenger service with approximately 2,300 daily departures to 217 destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Substantially all of our flights are operated as Delta Connection, United Express or AirTran under code-share arrangements with Delta, United or AirTran, respectively, with significant presence in Delta and United's key domestic hubs and focus cities. SkyWest Airlines and ASA generally provide regional flying to our partners under long-term, fixed-fee code-share agreements. Among other features of our fixed-fee agreements, our partners generally reimburse us for specified direct operating expenses (including fuel expense, which is passed through to our partners), and pay us a fee for operating the aircraft.
SkyWest Airlines and ASA have developed industry-leading reputations for providing quality, low-cost regional airline service during their long operating histories—SkyWest Airlines has been flying since 1972 and ASA since 1979. As of December 31, 2009, our consolidated fleet consisted of a total of 449 aircraft, of which 258 were assigned to Delta, 186 were assigned to United, three were assigned to Midwest, and two were assigned to AirTran. We currently operate one type of regional jet aircraft in three different configurations, the 50-seat Bombardier Aerospace ("Bombardier") CRJ200 Regional Jet (the "CRJ200"), the 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 Regional Jet (the "CRJ700") and the 70-90-seat Bombardier CRJ900 Regional Jet (the "CRJ900"), and one type of turboprop aircraft, the 30-seat Embraer Brasilia EMB-120 turboprop (the "Brasilia turboprop").
We were incorporated in Utah in 1972. Our principal executive offices are located at 444 South River Road, St. George, Utah 84790, and our primary telephone number is (435) 634-3000. We maintain an Internet web site at www.skywest.com. Our website provides a link to the web site of the SEC, through which our annual, quarterly and current reports, as well as amendments to those reports, are available. In addition, we provide electronic or paper copies of our filings free of charge upon request.
Our Operating Platforms
SkyWest Airlines provides regional jet and turboprop service primarily located in the midwestern and western United States. SkyWest Airlines offered approximately 1,500 daily scheduled departures as of December 31, 2009, of which approximately 1,060 were United Express flights, 410 were Delta Connection flights, 20 were Midwest Connect flights and ten were AirTran coded flights. SkyWest Airlines' operations are conducted from hubs located in Chicago (O'Hare), Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Salt Lake City. SkyWest Airlines' fleet as of December 31, 2009 consisted of 21 CRJ900s, all of which were flown for Delta, 79 CRJ700s, of which 66 were flown for United and 13 for Delta; 138 CRJ200s, of which 81 were flown for United, 52 were flown for Delta, three were flown for Midwest and two were flown for AirTran, and 51 Brasilia turboprops, of which 39 were flown for United and 12 were flown for Delta.
SkyWest Airlines currently conducts its Delta Connection operations pursuant to the terms of an Amended and Restated Delta Connection Agreement which obligates Delta to compensate SkyWest.
Airlines for its direct costs associated with operating Delta Connection flights, plus a payment based on block hours flown (the "SkyWest Airlines Delta Connection Agreement"). In addition, the SkyWest Airlines Delta Connection Agreement provides for us to increase our profitability if we reduce our total costs. SkyWest Airlines' United code-share operations are conducted under a United Express Agreement pursuant to which SkyWest Airlines is paid primarily on a fee-per-completed block hour and departure basis plus a margin based on performance incentives (the "SkyWest Airlines United Express Agreement"). Under the United Express Agreement, excess margins over certain percentages must be returned or shared with United, depending on various conditions. On June 10, 2009, SkyWest Airlines and Midwest reached a mutual understanding to terminate the service SkyWest Airlines provided under the Airline Services Agreement (the "Midwest Services Agreement"). As a result, SkyWest Airlines removed its remaining 12 CRJ200 regional jet aircraft out of Midwest service in stages through January 2010.
On November 4, 2009, SkyWest Airlines entered into a code-share agreement with AirTran. Under the terms of the code-share agreement, SkyWest Airlines has agreed to operate five CRJ200s for AirTran under a pro-rate arrangement. SkyWest Airlines commenced AirTran service with two aircraft in December 2009, and added three additional aircraft in January and February of 2010. The AirTran code-share agreement has a three-year term; however, after May 15, 2010, either party may terminate the agreement upon 120 days written notice.
ASA provides regional jet service primarily in the United States primarily from hubs located in Atlanta and Cincinnati. ASA offered more than 780 daily scheduled departures as of December 31, 2009, all of which were Delta Connection flights. ASA's fleet as of December 31, 2009, consisted of ten CRJ900s, 38 CRJ700s, 112 CRJ200s. Under the terms of the Second Amended and Restated Delta Connection Agreement executed by ASA and Delta (the "ASA Delta Connection Agreement"), Delta has agreed to compensate ASA for its direct costs associated with operating Delta Connection flights, plus, if ASA completes a certain minimum percentage of its Delta Connection flights, a specified margin on such costs. Additionally, the ASA Delta Connection Agreement provides for incentive compensation upon satisfaction of certain performance goals. Under the ASA Delta Connection Agreement, excess margins over certain percentages must be returned to or shared with Delta, depending on various conditions.
On February 10, 2010, ASA and United entered into a United Express Agreement, pursuant to which ASA has agreed to operate 14 CRJ200 aircraft as a United Express carrier (the "ASA United Express Agreement"). On February 11, 2010, ASA began operating as a United Express carrier, and we anticipate that the 14 United Express regional jets to be flown by ASA will be in operation by May of 2010. The ASA United Express Agreement is a capacity purchase agreement with a five-year term, and other terms which are generally consistent with the SkyWest Airlines United Express Agreement.