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SkyWest will take a pass on Comair.(RegionalNews)(Skywest Airlines Inc.)(Financial report)(Brief article)

SkyWest Airlines is interested in future acquisitions, but it has no plans to bid on Delta Air Lines subsidiary Comair, Chairman and CEO Jerry Atkin said. "It would be a stretch. Consolidation in Delta is not one we would have an interest in," he told ATW. "There are other regionals out there."

The largest regional carrier in the US, SkyWest operates a fleet of 437 aircraft in partnership with DL, United Airlines and Midwest Airlines. It acquired Atlantic Southeast Airlines from Delta in September 2005 for $350 million. Atkin described ASA as "a bit of a fixer-upper. It's taken a lot longer than we thought to accomplish some of the changes." But he said ASA is close to "where it should be operationally" and the company is beginning to realize purchasing advantages because of its increased size. …

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