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Love is in the Air

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Coordinator

Valentine’s Day is all about sharing love. So we asked some of our pilots to share why they love to fly for SkyWest.

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I love flying in the most beautiful area in the country for the best people in the business.

– Joe Becker – CRJ Captain, PDX

I do what I love for a living every day surrounded by people who genuinely love their jobs.

-Ryan Fisher – ERJ Captain, ORD

I can honestly say I work with the best in the industry and absolutely love going to work. The people at SkyWest really do care about what they do and have fun doing it. You are able to learn and gain experience from some of the best in the industry. 

-Brandon Falzon – CRJ First Officer, SFO

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-Roy Madewell – CRJ First Officer, PSP

It’s wonderful being able to say that I truly love going to “work”! We have such wonderful people! 

-Sarah Bliesath – CRJ Captain, SEA

I love that when I sit down in the flight deck, it is assumed that the guy or girl next to me is already a friend whether I have met them before or not. That is the SkyWest culture.

 -Matthew S. Schroeder – CRJ Captain, SLC

These are my top two reasons that I enjoy flying for SkyWest:

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Despite SkyWest’s rapid growth, each base still has the feel of a small family. We all take care of one another and genuinely care about each other’s lives outside the company, and it’s really a great feeling.

2) The Flying-   
SkyWest has an awesome and varied mix of flying all throughout the country. Whether you enjoy flying in the mountains of Colorado, the exotic cities in Mexico or the busy airspace in New York, there’s a diverse and exciting mix of flying and destinations!  

-Mike Edmonds – CRJ First Officer, PHX

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SkyWest is home to more than 11,300 aviation professionals who love what they do! And now is the perfect time to become a part of our team!

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SkyWest Flight Attendant Interviews in a City Near You!

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Coordinator

SkyWest flight attendants enjoy an exciting and dynamic career. Not only are they able to travel to hundreds of cities across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas, they also have the opportunity to meet new people and take on new challenges every day. Of course, their most important responsibility is to ensure the safety of each passenger onboard more than 1,700 daily flights.

This is no ordinary job. It’s a chance to be a part of an incredible team that’s continually going above and beyond to provide the best service in the industry.GreatByChoice_0193

Those who are ready to launch their SkyWest career may submit an application today and attend a SkyWest flight attendant interview at any one of the following convenient locations in February:

  • Feb. 2 in Sacramento, California
  • Feb. 2 in Minot, North Dakota
  • Feb. 3 in Spokane, Washington
  • Feb. 4 in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb. 8 in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb. 9 in San Jose, California
  • Feb. 9 in Alpena, Michigan
  • Feb. 10 in Santa Ana, California
  • Feb. 11 in Tucson, Arizona
  • Feb. 15 in Helena, Montana
  • Feb. 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Feb. 17 in Aurora, Colorado
  • Feb. 18 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb. 22 in Fresno, California
  • Feb. 23 in Boise, Idaho
  • Feb. 24 in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Feb. 25 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Feb. 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Click here for more information about each of these events. Please note that the dates and locations of events may change without notice.

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SkyWest’s Top Service Moments of 2015

Caitlin Miller
People Programs Coordinator

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at some of the exceptional service that SkyWest employees have provided during the past 12 months. The following are seven of SkyWest’s top service moments of 2015.

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  • Flight Crew Brings Family Together One Last Time

When the Vandenberg siblings received a call that their mother’s health had taken a turn for the worse, they immediately booked their flights to reach her. When a delay made it seem like they would never make their connecting flight in Denver, the SkyWest crew on board went above and beyond to help get the Vandenbergs onto their next flight moments before it left the gate. Thanks to the efforts of crewmembers on both flights, the Vandenbergs were able to spend precious final moments with their mother.

“The little things in life matter, as they add up to big things. And, in doing the little things very well, your flight crews allowed us the precious moments with our mother that we would have missed otherwise,” wrote Thom Vandenberg. “For that, we want to express our heartfelt thanks and recognize a job very well done.”

  • First Officer Gives Wings to Young Cancer Fighter

A JoeMyersbrave six-year-old girl was fighting cancer and having a tough day when she met Joe Myers, a SkyWest first officer, on the shuttle ride to the airport. Joe immediately began trying to make her day better and by joking with her. He even removed the wings from his shirt and pinned them on her, telling her he was making her an honorary pilot. The little girl’s parents said that she wouldn’t part with the wings and even slept in her shirt that night with the wings safely secured on it.

“I was blessed that night,” said Joe. “That little girl touched my heart and gave me far more than I could have ever given her. When I pinned my wings on her, I told her that she could fly with me anytime. Maybe with some prayers she will be able to fly for SkyWest someday!”

Read more about Joe’s experience.

  • Pocatello, Idaho Team Helps Passengers on a Diverted Flight

When a mainline United flight unexpectedly diverted to Pocatello, Idaho, the SkyWest team on the ground immediately stepped up to the plate. Although they normally handle Delta flights, Linnea Chidester, the Pocatello station general manager, and her team demonstrated stellar service as they helped dozens of United passengers arrange lodging and buses to their final destination in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

“It was a tough situation, but the airport staff did an outstanding job,” said one passenger. “They were all very friendly and helpful and kept cool in a difficult situation. I had never been to or even heard of Pocatello, but the airport staff made a great first impression!”

  • Lost Toys Find Their Way Home

It was one of the most amazing acts of sheer kindness she had experienced in a long time. That’s how Jaimi Nielson described her interaction with Erin O’Shea, a SkyWest flight attendant, after Jaimi’s son, Owen, left his bag of toys at the gate before boarding his flight. Owen was distraught over losing his prized collection of LEGOs, his “best friend” (a well-loved stuffed lizard) and his storybooks that were inside his bag. Simply because she wanted to help, Erin jumped on a flight to San Francisco – instead of heading home like she had originally planned – where she picked up Owen’s lost bag of toys.

“We asked her why she would be willing to do this, “Jaimi said. “And she simply said, ‘Because he captured my heart.'”

Read more about Erin’s extra effort.

  • ACV Welcomes Special Passengers

VIPSkyWest’s team in Arcata, California (ACV) meets a variety of passengers on a daily basis. And this past spring they had the chance to welcome a very special group of passengers to the airport as they helped 12 children with Autism and Downs Syndrome experience the operation and the miracle of flight.

“I’m not sure who had more fun: us or the kids!” said ACV general manager Angeline Vanden Plas. “We all had such a great time.”

Check out more details and photos from this special event.

  • SkyWest Flight Attendant Angelic Fluker Becomes an “Angel in the Sky”

While boarding a SkyWest flight, a passenger received tragic news that her husband of 19 years had passed away. Chicago-based flight attendant Angelic Fluker’s compassion sparked a day of caring for this grieving widow. Angelic not only checked on the passenger throughout the flight, she accompanied her on an additional flight home on her day off so that the woman wouldn’t have to travel alone.

“I told her over and over that I would not know what I would have done without Angelic in my life that day. She was my angel,” said the passenger.

  • Don Mortimer, GCC Cross Utilized Agent Helps Soften Last Goodbye

On Aug. 22, a couple was traveling through Gillette, Wyoming when they received a phone call no parent ever wants to receive. Their son had been in a tragic car accident and was being taken to the hospital back in their home town. Don Mortimer, a SkyWest cross utilized agent in Gillette, was there to help in a way they will never forget. He stayed with them for two hours after the airport closed to help the family find a way home and to get checked in. The next morning, Don met them at the airport and flew with them on the first leg of their trip to make sure they made their connection. Thanks to Don’s help, the parents were able to be with their son for his final day.

“Thank you, Don, for giving us those last few hours with him. We will forever be grateful,” said the father. “We just wanted SkyWest to know that they have a very special person working for them and he went above and beyond.”

Learn more about the help Don provided.

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SkyWest is made up of an amazing group of more than 11,000 people who deliver incredible service every day. And this list is only a small glimpse of the countless times SkyWest employees have gone out of their way to help more than 30 million passengers in 2015!

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SkyWest Flight Attendant Runs to End Thirst

Layne Watson
Corporate Communications Coordinator

Before she started training for her first half marathon in 2013, Kelsey Galiano, a Minneapolis-based SkyWest flight attendant, had never run a race and didn’t really care for running. Even now that she has trained for and run multiple races, including a marathon, there are plenty of days she doesn’t want to run. But Kelsey continues the grind because of the cause that fuels her: helping to provide clean water for people in Africa who don’t have access to it.TCM me

“There are many days I detest running but I detest people not having something simple like clean water even more,” said Kelsey.

Not having access to clean water takes the lives of hundreds of children every day and is the number one preventable cause of death in the world. To help, Kelsey joined Team World Vision in 2013 with the goal of bringing clean water to as many people in Africa as possible. Thanks to the efforts of World Vision and people like Kelsey, one new person is receiving clean water every 30 seconds.

Kelsey’s personal goal is to provide clean water access to as many as 200 children.joseph

“I donated to provide clean water for two children and I’m hoping to find 99 others to match my donation,” she said. “Just $50 is enough to provide one child with clean water for life!” And with the global water crisis expected to end in 2030, Kelsey hopes she will only need to run for this cause for 15 more years!

Since joining Team World Vision, Kelsey has run the 2013 Monster Dash Half Marathon in St. Paul, Minnesota, the 2014 and 2015 Minnesota Half Marathon in St. Paul, the 2015 Hood To Coast Relay in Portland and the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon. While most of these races were in Minnesota, Team World Vision participates in races all across the U.S.

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Kelsey with her World Vision team.

Whether it’s helping a co-worker or sending aid around the world, Kelsey’s focus on giving back is one shared by many of SkyWest’s more than 11,000 employees. If you are interested in donating to Kelsey’s team or joining Team World Vision, no matter your location, go to Kelsey’s fundraising page. More information about World Vision can be found at www.worldvision.org.

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SkyWest Flight Attendants Deliver Holiday Magic

McKinnley Matson
Corporate Communications Coordinator

It was one of the most amazing acts of sheer kindness she had experienced in a long time – her family’s own Christmas magic. That’s how Jaimi Nielson described SkyWest flight attendant Erin O’Shea’s actions after Jaimi’s son, Owen, left his bag at a gate in San Francisco before boarding a recent flight.

A prized collection of LEGO sets, his “best friend” (a well-loved stuffed lizard) and favorite storybooks were among the possessions that five-year-old Owen accidentally left in SFO. After realizing what happened, he was heartbroken and cried the whole flight.

The Nielsen’s searched for a way to retrieve the bag, but what they found wasn’t good. The bag had to be picked up in person and the cost of a flight to reclaim the items would cost well over $1,000.

Enter Erin O’Shea, a SkyWest flight attendant.

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Erin O’Shea with Owen’s bag of toys.

Erin met Owen while he was flying from San Francisco to Salt Lake City and offered to help. After she finished her trip with a flight to Chicago, Erin jumped on a different flight back to San Francisco, rather than flying directly home to Salt Lake City. In SFO, she was able to work with TSA to ensure all the security requirements were met and picked up the bag. Erin then flew back to Salt Lake and delivered it to Owen’s family.

“We asked her why she would be willing to do this,” Jaimi explained, “and she simply said, ‘Because he captured my heart.'”

Thanks to Erin’s quick thinking, Owen was overjoyed to find his most treasured possessions back at his side when he woke up the next morning.

But Owen wasn’t the only young boy who experienced some holiday magic this month. More than 1,000 miles away, in Minneapolis, five-year-old Ethan and his younger brother were on their way to live with their Nana in Duluth, Minnesota. There were sure to be a number of changes in store and the one thing Ethan really looked forward to was snow.

Having lived in Mississippi, Ethan had never seen snow before and he couldn’t wait to get to his Nana’s house to have a snowball fight! When his flight from Minneapolis to Duluth was delayed due to weather, he couldn’t help but feel disappointed. Ethan told Linzie Clayman and Jacie Vonada – Minneapolis-based SkyWest flight attendants all about his plans for the snow. But as the hours passed by, Ethan’s excitement turned to frustration.

“Their Nana looked pretty stressed out,” Linzie said. “When the snack cart rolled around, Jacie and I helped her get some snacks for the boys, but Ethan still seemed pretty sad.”

That’s when Linzie and Jacie concocted a plan – a secret mission to make Ethan’s day special.

They talked to the first officer for the delayed flight, and within a few minutes, he returned with a snowball, just for Ethan.

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Ethan’s first snowball!

Ethan’s whole face lit up at the sight of his first snowball. But he wasn’t the only one. Other travelers around the gate area saw the exchange and couldn’t help but smile as Ethan carried his snowball around until it melted. That simple act of kindness helped keep Ethan’s spirits high until he was able to arrive at his new home.

The actions of Linzie, Jacie, Erin are repeated by countless other SkyWest employees on a daily basis as they work to provide incredible customer service for every passenger, especially during the busy holiday travel season.

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A Look at the SkyWest Maintenance Operation

Wes Horrocks
Corporate Communications Manager

In the airline industry, the operation never sleeps. When aircraft are done flying for the day, they often make their way over to a hangar where Maintenance teams will ensure everything remains in top condition.

Just take a look at this behind-the-scenes video from one night in SkyWest’s Salt Lake City hangar. In about 14 hours, the team worked on 13 different aircraft!

And this kind of work is being done in more than a dozen SkyWest hangars and line stations around the country every day. To start working on SkyWest’s growing fleet of jet aircraft, fill out an application today: http://ow.ly/VZ9zj

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Now Boarding SkyWest’s Fantasy Flight to the North Pole

Hazel Sainsbury
Corporate Communications Manager

SkyWest’s ninth annual Fantasy Flight took of this weekend in Colorado Springs, bringing the Christmas spirit to underprivileged children and their families.

“This event is cherished by everyone involved,” said Lori Hunt, SkyWest’s vice president – People. “Every year SkyWest employees help provide treasured holiday memories for children whose families struggle to meet their basic needs.”

IMG_4939This year, more than 40 children were able to participate in the Fantasy Flight where they took a 30-minute flight from Colorado Springs Airport (COS) to the “North Pole” (Gate 11 at COS). There, the little passengers were greeted by Santa Claus himself, who presented gifts to each child in attendance. The night also included dinner for the children and their families, as well as appearances from local Olympians and Sox the Fox, photos with Santa, a petting zoo and more!

What makes this SkyWest tradition even better is the incredible efforts of the employees and members of the community who volunteer to make the entire night special for everyone involved. In fact, the aircraft, fuel, gifts, dinner and more is all donated to the event. And seeing the excitement of the kids involved makes it all worth it.

Children aboard the Fantasy Flight are enrolled in the Community Partnership for Child Development early childhood education programs. These children live below the poverty level, have an identified special need, or have a home situation that puts them at risk for school failure. To learn more about the organizations SkyWest partners with to make this event possible, visit www.jlcoloradosprings.org and cpcdheadstart.org.

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9 Ski Destinations to Visit this Winter

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Coordinator

Winter weather is here, which means now is the time to plan a holiday ski trip! Below are nine of the best, under-the-radar ski destinations to visit this year that are only a SkyWest-operated flight away!

Mount Shasta, California

Mount Shasta Ski Park, located in northern California, is home to almost 1,400 feet of skiable vertical, with 20 percent rated beginning, 55 percent intermediate and 25 percent advanced. The mountain itself is a dormant volcano and is the second highest volcano in the Cascade Range. This year, Mount Shasta Ski Park even made National Geographic’s list of top 10 “Best Secret Ski Towns in North America.”IMGP0987 In addition to the ski resort, the area is well-known for having incredible back-country skiing.

Get here: Reach Mount Shasta by flying from San Francisco into Redding, California and driving 70 miles north on I-5.

 

Bend, Oregon

Touted as the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington, Mt. Bachelor is not a place to miss. Located outside of Bend, Oregon, the mountain has one of the longest seasons in the Northwest, typically running November to May. It also features over 3,500 skiable acres and an average snowfall of 462 inches a year. In addition to great skiing, Bend recently made Travel+Leisure’s list of “America’s Best Ski Towns” highlighting the 12 local breweries and the817d7ffca7a20ea2a79ca0d896949a1b fun historic downtown as reasons to check out this prime skiing destination.

Get here: Mt. Bachelor is located 22 miles outside of Bend, Oregon. Fly from San Francisco to Bend, Oregon on United Airlines.

 

Cedar City, Utah

With a base elevation of 9,600 feet – the highest in the state – Brian Head Resort offers the Utah promise of the Greatest Snow on Earth. The mountain sees 360 inches of snow a year and has 71 runs covering 650 acres. There’s something for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, including two hills reserved for snow tubing!stelprdb5403230

Get here: Fly from Salt Lake City to Cedar City, Utah and it’s an easy 35-minute drive to the mountain. There are also shuttles that run from Cedar City to the resort.

 

Phillipsburg, Montana

Phillipsburg is home to Discovery Ski Area, which boasts 67 trains, 2.5 acres of terrain park and 215 inches of snowfall a year. A full 55 percent of the mountain is black and double-black, which makes it ideal for advanced skiers. It also made this year’s list from National Geographic as one of the “Best Secret Ski Towns in North America.”

Get here: The quickest way to skiing in Phillipsburg is to fly from Salt Lake City to Butte, Montana and the airport is only 50 miles away.

 

Iron River, Michigan

Iron River is the home of Ski Brule Resort, which has won the title of best resort in the Midwest for seven years. Their 11 lifts have a trail difficultly of 35 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate and 30 percent advanced, proving this resort is a top family destination that can handle skiers of any level. In fact, it claims to have the best kids program in all of Michigan! FN2And they have an entire list of deals for kids, including kids nine & under ski for free!

Get here: Fly to either Rinelander, Wisconsin or Iron Mountain, Michigan from Minneapolis and it’s a little over an hour drive from both locations.

 

Grand Junction, Colorado

On the northern edge of Western Colorado, Powderhorn Mountain Resort is a hidden gem. Great snow, uncrowded slopes and only 45 minutes from Grand Junction, Powderhorn is a great destination for winter adventure. It boasts some of the best tree-skiing in the Rocky Mountains, and offers some of the best snow for the best value in Colorado.Skiing at Powderhorn To help convince any doubters, Powderhorn has even put together a list of the top 10 reasons to visit.

Get here: Fly into Grand Junction, Colorado from Salt Lake City and the resort is a 40-mile drive northeast.

 

Red Lodge, Montana

Red Lodge Mountain, in Red Lodge, Montana is a great option for those wanting a Rocky Mountain ski experience. Well-known for its laid back vibe and family friendly environment, this resort has runs from beginner to expert level and cost nearly half as much as more high profile resorts. (General adult tickets run as little as $35!) Plus, Red Mountain Lodge was just recently featuredRed_Lodge_Palisades as one of the “Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns” in the U.S. Hit this ski resort while it remains small, friendly and cheap!

Get here: Fly into Cody, Wyoming from Salt Lake City and head an hour north to reach Red Lodge, Montana.

 

Pellston, Michigan

Pellston, Michigan provides access to two ski resorts, allowing visitors to maximize their time on the slopes! Nub’s Nob is a resort with nine chairlifts, three terrain parks and touts the ability to create over 5,000 gallons of snow per minute to supplement their average 123 inches of snow fall a year. Boyne Mountain Resort is slightly larger with 10 lifts, seven terrain parks and trains for cross-country skiing, BOYNE_0snow shoeing and ice skating. Visit Pellston for the weekend and take a day to ski both resorts!

Get here: Fly from Detroit into Pellston, Michigan and it’s a short drive (13 miles or less) to either resort.

 

Elko, Nevada

For adrenaline pumping, high-adventure skiing, look no further than Elko, Nevada. Just outside the city lays the beautiful and isolated Ruby Mountains. Backcountry skiing in the Rubies is an experience like no other… original_LC7V0108and getting to the back country skiing is exciting as well! Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience takes visitors to parts of the mountain no one else can. As they say, “Helicopters are, without a doubt, the world’s best chairlift.”

Get here: Fly into Elko from Salt Lake City and Ruby Mountains Heli-experience will help you get to the mountain with a complimentary shuttle service.

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SkyWest Movember Mustaches

Layne Watson
Corporate Communications Coordinator

There have been a few more mustaches than usual among SkyWest employees this past month. No, the trend does not signal a change in uniform requirements. The increase in facial hair was part of Movember, a health initiative designed to bring more awareness to men’s health throughout the month of November.

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Salt Lake City CRJ Captain Jon Warner

Nick Pearson, a Los Angeles-based CRJ captain, led Team SkyWest in supporting Movember, rallying other employees to also participate in improving awareness and encouraging conversations surrounding men’s health.

“When I heard about this cause, I thought it’d be great to contribute,” said Nick. “I also used to be very fond of growing a winter beard but the mustache is the only facial hair we’re allowed to have as pilots, so I looked on this as the next best thing!”

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Los Angeles CRJ Captain Nick Pearson

Movember challenges men to alter their appearance by growing a mustache for 30 days to raise awareness and educate about men’s health issues. SkyWest employees were encouraged throughout the month to look into their own health, including screening and preventative care visits.

Thanks to Nick’s efforts, along with several dozen other SkyWest employees on his team, thousands of dollars will be donated to the Movember Foundation this year!