ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc. ("SkyWest") (NASDAQ: SKYW) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the SkyWest, Inc. 2012 Stock Repurchase Plan ("the Plan") and SkyWest has entered into an agreement with Raymond James & Associates to repurchase up to approximately 6.5 million outstanding shares of SkyWest common stock, from time to time, in open market or privately negotiated transactions in accordance with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Repurchases under the Plan may commence 30 days from today, subject to the Plan's terms and conditions. SkyWest is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest's scheduled passenger airline operations consist of SkyWest Airlines, also based in St. George, Utah, and ExpressJet Airlines, based in Atlanta, Georgia. SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United Airlines, Inc. ("United") and Delta Air Lines, Inc. ("Delta"). SkyWest Airlines also operates as US Airways Express under a contractual agreement with US Airways, Inc., and operates flights for Alaska Airlines under a contractual agreement. ExpressJet Airlines operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United and Delta. System-wide, SkyWest serves markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 4,000 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 725 regional aircraft. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com In addition to historical information, this release contains forward-looking statements. SkyWest may, from time to time, make written or oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements encompass SkyWest's beliefs, expectations, hopes or intentions regarding future events. Words such as "forecasts", "expects," "intends," "believes," "anticipates," "should," "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available to SkyWest as of such date. SkyWest assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement. Readers should note that many factors could affect the future operating and financial results of SkyWest, SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, and could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements set forth in this release. These factors include, but are not limited to, the ability of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines to operate profitably under code share agreements which those companies recently executed with American Airlines, the ability of ExpressJet Airlines to realize potential synergies and other anticipated financial impacts of the consolidation of its operations, the possibility that future financial and operating results of ExpressJet Airlines may not meet SkyWest's forecasts and the timing of the ongoing consolidation of the operations of ExpressJet Airlines, if achieved.