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SkyWest Employees in Salt Lake City Spread Holiday Cheer

SkyWest Airlines Sub for Santa 2014

Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

This month the SkyWest Airlines InFlight and Flight Operations crews in Salt Lake City joined forces with those in the Customer Service Department to help fulfill the dreams of several local families in need.

These SkyWest groups worked together to serve Safe Harbor, a crisis center in Kaysville, Utah, with a Sub 4 Santa Christmas drive. Safe Harbor helps domestic violence survivors achieve a life free of violence by providing a healthy environment. They also provide the tools needed to rebuild confidence and help these families become self-sufficient. This is the second year these crews have teamed up to help Safe Harbor and no one hesitated to jump in again this year.

SkyWest Sub for Santa SLC

To help spread the word for this year’s Sub 4 Santa, a Christmas tree was set up in the SkyWest Crew Lounge loaded with ornaments. Each ornament consisted of the needs or wants of a mother and her children from their Christmas lists. Nine families were adopted and there were more than 200 items requested, including winter coats, gloves, socks, blankets, boots and shoes. Other requested items included bikes, LEGO blocks, kitchen appliances, books, toys and games. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the SkyWest family, nearly all of the requests were fulfilled ahead of the Monday, Dec. 15 deadline. It is truly amazing to see the giving spirit of the SkyWest family as they have gone above and beyond the requests listed.

Just a few of the items loaded up for the adopted families!

A few items loaded up for the adopted families!

The ability to sacrifice and help others in a time of need is an amazing opportunity. It is a great reminder of what the holidays are truly about. And the overwhelming generosity shown by these incredible SkyWest employees every holiday season is remarkable!

Discover Historical Americana in Springfield, Illinois!

Springfield

Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

Springfield, Illinois has all the makings of a classic American tour as history comes alive with multiple legendary stops along the way. Discover the home of Abraham Lincoln and explore more Lincoln-specific historic sites than anywhere in the U.S. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, literally, by exploring Route 66. Another must-do in Springfield is a visit to the Dana-Thomas House, designed by world-renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd-Wright.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield home has proven to be an irresistible attraction to visitors. Restored to its Greek Revival splendor, the residence attracts scores of visitors each year. Tickets are free but visitors should be aware that they are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis at the visitor center. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are also must-see stops in Springfield. The museum is one of the most visited presidential museums in the nation and for good reason. Visitors can experience the entire Lincoln story under one roof, including dazzling special effects theaters featuring historical ghosts and a Civil War battlefield.

Route 66 Drive in Theater

Get your kicks on Route 66, America’s main street! The Illinois section of this nostalgic roadway includes travel through hometown neighborhoods, along with the Cozy Dog Drive In and the Route 66 Twin Drive In Theatre in Springfield itself. Cozy Dog earned its name and became a part of the history as the birthplace of the “cozy dog” hot dog on a stick that is now found nation-wide at county and state fairs. At the Route 66 Twin Drive In, take a step back in time to savor one of America’s favorite past-times with a movie under the stars. This newly restored movie experience shows double features nightly from Memorial Day through Labor Day, providing great family entertainment in a clean and safe environment.

Dana Thomas House Springfield

One of Springfield’s most impressive local treasures is the unparalleled Dana Thomas House, designed by Frank Lloyd-Wright. The home, designed for a Springfield socialite, was his first “blank check” commission and features 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space on three main levels. (There are actually 16 varying levels in total.) Beyond being an architectural masterpiece of international significance, the home also features the largest collection of site-specific original glass and furniture. The Dana Thomas House is the best preserved and most complete of all of Wright’s early “Prairie” houses and is a must-see in Springfield.

Begin a classic Americana journey to historic Springfield by booking a convenient SkyWest flight, operating as United Express from Chicago-O’Hare International Airport. The best fares can be found at United.com.

Charlottesville: Three Must-See Presidential Estates

Charlottesville

Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

Virginia is an American hotspot for historical sites and is a great location to experience early American history, legendary personas and to check out impressive monuments. Located in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville in particular has a rich historical and cultural legacy, including ties to three of the nation’s founding fathers, all of whom would later become U.S. presidents.

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Indulge in presidential history by first visiting Ash Lawn-Highland, home to James Monroe who was the fifth president of the U.S. This 550-acre estate recreates the working farm atmosphere of its original use, and tours of both the house and gardens are available. Of particular note are the recently restored interiors, the 200-year-old boxwood gardens and views from most directions on the grounds. Special events throughout the year also help to bring history to life at this unique abode, including activities like Yuletide festivities and James Monroe’s birthday celebration.

Montpelier

In nearby Orange, continue the presidential journey with a visit to Montpelier, home to James Madison, the fourth president and the Father of the Constitution. James Madison and his wife Dolley were quite social and regularly invited guests to the estate, the focus of which was the central mansion. Today, visitors can tour the first floor, including the entertaining spaces that were frequently filled by the Madisons and a presidential library filled with the books and treatises that highlight the genius of James Madison. The Montpelier grounds also offer 2,650 acres of rolling hills and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a great place to experience old growth forest and formal gardens, as well as hands-on archeological demonstrations.

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Perhaps the crowning jewel of Charlottesville’s historic landmarks is Monticello, home to Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the U.S. The estate is world-renowned and very closely reflects the aesthetics and architectural ideals of Jefferson himself. Jefferson designed the main mansion based upon neoclassical principles but incorporated his own unique design solutions. In fact, he spent 40 years designing, dismantling and reimagining the estate, which he referred to as “his essay in architecture.” Monticello is also known for its extensive gardens which Jefferson, an avid horticulturist, painstakingly designed, tended and monitored.

Begin an amazing historical tour through American presidential history with a convenient SkyWest Airlines flight, operating as American Eagle, from Chicago O’Hare. The best fares can be found at aa.com.

Explore Winter Fun in Hibbing, Minnesota!

Hibbing City Hall

Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

Hibbing is the largest city located within Minnesota’s Iron Range, an informally named area of the Northeastern part of the state known for rich, iron ore deposits. Hibbing itself boomed as a center for mining and was even relocated in its early days when a vein of iron ore was discovered immediately beneath downtown, which carried more value that the town itself! Today, the original streets, street lamps and foundations can still be seen in a park straddling the open-pit mine.

While Hibbing holds its position as an early 20th century economic hot bed, today it is also a center for recreation, especially when it comes to the treasure trove of winter sports available to visitors and residents alike.

Hibbing is home to the largest curling club in Minnesota, and a great place to view and to try this Olympic winter sport, which involves sliding stones along a sheet of ice towards a target area. A great deal of teamwork, skill and strategy go into curling and is why the sport is often referred to as “chess on ice.” The Hibbing Curling Club hosts the largest curling tournament in the United States with more than 120 teams competing annually.

Hibbing Curling

Hibbing is also the perfect epicenter to begin outdoor winter fun with several resorts nearby. Ski Magazine named Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort the number one Minnesota ski resort and is a top five pick in the American Midwest. Located a convenient 45 minute drive from Hibbing’s Range Regional Airport, Giants Ridge offers 35 downhill runs, more than 37 miles of Nordic trails, show shoe trails and a fantastic snow tubing park that’s appropriate for the whole family. Plus, all of this is offered in breathtaking scenery adjacent to the Superior National Forrest.

Giants Ridge Ski

Winter Frolic is an extremely popular scholarship/pageant event for young women that has expanded into an area-wide winter festival spanning two weeks in late January and early February. Activities include a sliding party with the scholarship candidates, a city-wide treasure hunt, an illuminated ski night and fishing contest. All of these activities finally culminate in the crowing of the new Winter Frolic Queen.

Find out first-hand what the area’s winter wonderland is like by booking a convenient SkyWest flight, operating as Delta Connection, with non-stop service between Hibbing and Minneapolis. The best fares can be found at www.Delta.com.

 

SkyWest Flight Attendant Bests Breast Cancer

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Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. and approximately 40,000 women will die from this disease according to the American Cancer Society. And SkyWest people are out making a difference! From participating in walks and fundraising cook-offs to sporting pink awareness attire, our people are taking action to raise awareness and funds to help fight breast cancer.

Julie Bruno, a Denver, Colorado-based flight attendant, shares her story of survival and explains how the diagnosis helped motivate her to accomplish her dream of joining our InFlight Department. The following is Julie’s brave and determined account!

Julie Bruno

I started my career with SkyWest in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a customer service agent in October 2006. After getting some experience in Customer Service, my plan was to transfer to InFlight in the spring, but I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2007.

I will never forget that day. I went for my annual mammogram like I did every year. After the exam, I was told that the doctor wanted to speak with me. The nurse shuffled me into his office and all I saw were my X-ray films hanging on a white screen. The films were lit up from behind as to not miss a single detail. Nothing was said. The silence made my blood run cold. The doctor finally said, “You have cancer.” The only thing I could think to say was, “Am I going to die?”

That day my world had blown up and would never be the same. Things happened so quickly; trying to get a hold of my emotions was nearly impossible. My decision to have surgery and reconstruction was one of the toughest. Over the next seven months, I cried a lot, laughed a lot, loved a lot, prayed a whole lot and found people that have become my very close friends. I look at my world much differently now than before, and with good reason. My family, my faith in God, and a positive attitude got me through my toughest and darkest hours. I told myself that when I recovered I was going to make that jump to InFlight, which I did in August 2007.

I have been cancer-free for more than seven years now, and I would like to share my story with other women and their families who have experienced breast cancer. Many of us and our families (mine included) have been touched by cancer. We can benefit from each other’s personal stories which give hope and encouragement for a bright future. I hope we can all take this month, and every month, to bring awareness to breast cancer research and prevention.

Customers Rave About Our Amazing People

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Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

While SkyWest is known for operational and fiscal savvy, the true essence of our success has always been our people. The following are just a few examples from passengers who took the time to write in and recognize some of the above-and-beyond efforts of our fantastic employees.

I have flown with SkyWest for many, many years and love your service and staff. I have actually chosen my carriers based on who keeps SkyWest under contract. Conversely, I have stopped flying with carriers or choosing routes that you are not part of.

I cannot tell you how happy I am that SkyWest is the carrier for the Moab, Utah (CNY) air service. We have already flown numerous times with you out of Moab and loved it! It’s the same exceptional service I’ve experienced over many years flying out of Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT) and other areas you service.

Most recently, on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, I had the great fortune of flying out of CNY on Delta Air Lines flight 7432 and Paula Eichbauer – a flight attendant out of SLC – was our attendant. I want to tell you that this gal is a star in your staff of flight crews. I have enjoyed, without exception, every SkyWest crewmember I have flown with, but Paula’s level of quality, caring service is extraordinary. So much so that I really wanted to write to you in recognition of this amazing employee.

So thanks for bringing your fine services to our little neck of the woods here in Moab. It’s beyond wonderful to be able to fly SkyWest even more with you here. Thanks to you all and especially to Paula for such extraordinary kindness, professionalism and care.

Sincerely,
Jayne Dillon May

My name is William F. Walsh IV, and I am a firefighter living in the city of Vista in the northern part of San Diego County. Last week, I attended the Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My cousin, Lt. Edward J. Walsh Jr., was killed in a fire in Boston in late March of this year. Needless to say, it was a difficult trip.

I wanted to comment about my return flight and your crew on Flight 6275 operated by SkyWest, from Colorado Springs to Los Angeles on Sept. 21. The girls were outstanding, especially Iris Kozisek. Both she and Amanda Beatty made my return flight very enjoyable with their personalities. It truly took the edge off of a rough trip. Please acknowledge your fine employees for a job well done. Thanks again.

William Walsh

Thank you to our passengers for taking the time to point out some of the amazing work our people do to provide a great travel experience on more than 1,700 daily flights! Visit www.SkyWest.com to learn more!

Experience First-Class Fun in Wichita, Kansas!

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Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

With approximately four million visitors each year, Wichita, Kansas is a great destination with first-class attractions for everyone in the family! More than 1,000 restaurants representing a wide array of cuisines, including craft beer, wineries and French patisseries dot the city landscape, while eclectic shops, antique stores and open malls offer premium shopping opportunities. Take advantage of cultural exhibits and museums that offer art, Western history, botanical gardens and more. And at night, the city stays alive with in-theater dining, dancing and live music venues.

Wichita Riverfest

Wichita is serious about bringing people together and is home to the largest festival in Kansas! RiverFest began in 1970 in an effort to build community and focus on town pride all while showcasing the natural beauty of the Arkansas River. Early festival-goers participated in antique bathtub races, canoe races, antique auto shows and a moonlight river parade. Modern-day participants enjoy more than nine days of incredible festival fun with everything from a 10k RiverRun to concerts featuring entertainers like Daughtry, Huey Lewis and Nick Lachey. Staying true to its roots of affordability, the festival is only five dollars for more than a week of family fun.

Wichita Center for the Arts

For more than 90 years, the Wichita Center for the Arts has provided comprehensive visual and performing arts experiences. The Center believes in providing artistic education and performances that also engage patrons in interactive cultural experiences. A class like Fine Art for the Wine Heart is a great example of what’s available at this special facility. Participants have the chance to recreate a classic painting with individual flair while relaxing with one’s favorite glass of vino. Everything needed for the class, including the wine glasses, is provided except for one’s favorite bottle and the painting goes home students at the end of the class!

Wichita Old Town Farmers Market

While dining options run the range of international cuisines normally found in much larger cities, the Old Town Farmers Market is a must to visit. The market, located in beautiful Old Town Wichita, not only offers a bountiful array of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheese, but there is also an exciting array of prepared foods from fresh local ingredients. Delight in farm-produced jams, salsas, honey and handmade craft items. Live music and chef demonstrations make this market a truly unique and entertaining experience.

Enjoy the big city offerings of Wichita by booking a convenient SkyWest Airlines flight, operating as American Eagle, from Chicago. The best fares can always be found on aa.com.

Explore St. Cloud in the Heart of Granite Country!

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Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

Welcome to St. Cloud, Minnesota in the heart of Granite Country USA! Experience the good life where all four seasons are filled with events, celebrations and family fun. Residents of the area claim a superior quality of live with nearly 100 parks, sparkling lakes, the Mississippi River, recreational and cultural opportunities, distinctive shopping, unique dining and quaint lodging.

Munsinger Gardens

The St. Cloud area is a theater of the seasons. Enjoy a riot of living colors in the spring or the stark, crystalline beauty of the hoarfrost and beautiful snowfalls during the winter months, along with everything in between. These distinct seasons also act as a stunning backdrop to outdoor recreational opportunities of all kinds. Summer offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the dual attractions of Munsinger and Clemens Gardens. Clemens is comprised of six different exhibits and attracts 2,000 to 3,000 people per day from around the world, including amateur gardeners and professional horticulturists. Munsinger is located just below Clemens along the Mississippi River beneath towering hemlock and pine trees. This shade allows for a stunning array of colorful flowers and flora unseen in other locations. Quarry Park is another natural haven for outdoor lovers and offers serene woodlands, open prairie, hiking trails and unquarried bedrock areas just a few miles west of the gardens.

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St. Cloud offers celebrations and events year-round to delight and entertain family members of all ages. Enjoy Granite City Days in the summer with a grand parade, Lemonade Arts Fair, a symphony concert and spectacular fireworks display. Winter offers one of the brightest traditions in the area with the Winter Nights & Lights parade as downtown St. Cloud is transformed into a sparkling scene that would be right at home in a Charles Dickens novel.

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All the activity on a visit to St. Cloud is sure to stir the appetite. Don’t miss a visit to Granite City Food & Brewery, a concept launched in St. Cloud that has become so popular it has expanded to 30 locations in 13 states! Enjoy one of the in-house microbrews and the casual American cuisine that is focused on fresh, from-scratch preparation. For an upscale experience, visit locally owned and operated Ciatti’s Restaurant which offers fresh, Italian-inspired dishes. Indulge in this 100 percent from-scratch menu and even register for a four-course, on-site cooking class from Executive Chef Mark Marthaler!

Visit St. Cloud any time of the year for a truly remarkable experience by booking a convenient SkyWest Airlines flight, operating as United Express, from Chicago O’Hare. The lowest fares can be found at united.com.

Duluth: “America’s Best Town”

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Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

Outdoor Magazine has named Duluth, Minnesota as the Best Town in America for 2014 and it’s no wonder why! Built on a 700 foot hill overlooking Lake Superior, particularly proud citizens call the town “Little San Francisco” thanks to its thriving tourism, antique shops, exceptional restaurants, inviting inns and scenic views. Duluth’s big city feel and seaport flavor make this destination a must for families, outdoor enthusiasts, city sophisticates and everyone in between.

Duluth itself lines the shores of Lake Superior for 26 miles which, as the world’s largest fresh water lake, offers boundless recreational opportunities. Enjoy sailing with experienced charter companies like Carriage House Charters Sailboat Rides or Moon Shadow Sailing that will tailor each voyage to participants’ experience and wishes. Take a Sunday drive along the North Shore, which offers spectacular views of the Superior National Forest on one side and Lake Superior on the other. Cap the lakeside adventure with a visit to the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center located in Canal Park or stroll through the Lakewalk, a boardwalk complete with bike paths and a trail for carriage rides.

Duluth Sailing

Historic treasures are located throughout the city’s expanse and offer a glimpse into early 20th century life. One of the highest-rated historical sites in the area is Glensheen. The historic Congdon Estate was home to one of Minnesota’s wealthiest families. A tour of the impressive property includes seven acres of manicured landscapes on Lake Superior with formal gardens, trails and a pier to take in the lakeside views. Visitors are able to continue inside to view the architectural gem that encompasses 39 magnificent rooms in this historic manse.

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Family friendly attractions are also abundant in Duluth. Try a visit to Duluth Children’s Museum which has educated and amazed children for more than 80 years. The fifth oldest such establishment in the United States, the museum strives to spark creativity and curiosity about the world at large and includes exhibits like a Mayan adventure set, nanoscale science and an open area for kids to create. For another educational and inspirational adventure, take a walk on the wild side at the Lake Superior Zoo. With hundreds of exhibits located on 16 acres of sweeping hillsides and beautiful Kingsbury Creek, there is always plenty to do.

Explore the all-season adventurous city of Duluth today by booking a convenient SkyWest flight from Chicago, operating as United Express. Find the best fares today at united.com.