ST. GEORGE, UT, PRNewswire/ — SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) (“SkyWest”) today reported 169,939 block hours in August 2016, compared to 180,436 block hours in August 2015, a decrease of 10,497 or 5.8%. The net decrease was consistent with SkyWest’s fleet transition plan to improve the mix of aircraft in its fleet by adding new E175 aircraft, while reducing its 50-seat jets.

The year-over-year net change was primarily driven by approximately 6,500 additional block hours from its E175 aircraft and a decrease of approximately 17,000 block hours from its other aircraft types.

In August 2016, SkyWest’s dual class aircraft represented approximately 42% of SkyWest’s total block hour production for the month compared to approximately 39% for the month of August 2015.

SkyWest reported 1,319,661 block hours for year-to-date August 2016, compared to 1,411,622 block hours year-to-date August 2015, a decrease of 91,961, or 6.5%. This net change was primarily driven by approximately 59,500 additional block hours from its E175 aircraft and a decrease of approximately 151,500 block hours from its other aircraft types.

SkyWest had 101,887 departures in August 2016 compared to 107,724 in August 2015, a decrease of 5,837, or 5.4%. SkyWest generated 2.98 billion available seat miles (ASMs) for August 2016, compared to 3.19 billion ASMs for August 2015, or a 6.5% decrease. Additional flight statistics for August, including passengers enplaned, revenue passenger miles, and passenger load factors, are included in the accompanying table.