When regional airframe manufacturers want to validate their newest jet aircraft, there is one airline above all others from which they seek approval. If an aircraft is not good enough for ATW’s Regional Airline of the Year, it is likely going to be quite a hard sell to the rest of the world’s regional carriers. St. George, Utah-based SkyWest, parent of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet, operates a fleet of more than 750 aircraft—a mix of both Bombardier and Embraer ...

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