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Colorado Springs Children Fly to the North Pole on SkyWest Airlines

Submitted by: SkyWest Airlines

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Dec 12, 2007 – 11:41 AM EST


Dec. 12 /CSRwire/ - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Saturday,
December 15, SkyWest Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (SKYW), in conjunction with the Junior League of Colorado Springs and Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD), will bring holiday fantasies to life for 50 local children. The children will travel aboard a Bombardier-manufactured Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ700) for a 30-minute Fantasy Flight from the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) Gate 11 to the "North Pole" (COS gate 15). Upon arrival, they will be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus and their elves. Santa will be flown in on helicopter by Premier Helicopter.

Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. at the United Airlines ticket counter. The flight will depart at 7:30 p.m. from Gate 11 and will arrive at the "North Pole" (Gate 15) at approximately 8:00 p.m. and will enjoy festivities until 9:30 p.m. "North Pole" delights include music, dancing, dinner, face painting, clowns, balloon artistry and gifts. Media are encouraged to attend this evening of enchanting adventure; prior to departure, a drawing will be held for one media outlet in attendance to take the flight with the kids.

"The magic of the season comes alive when you're a child, and we are excited to share Christmas joys with local children in need," said Lori Hunt, SkyWest Airlines vice president -- people. "We are pleased to partner with the community to offer this experience for the children of Colorado Springs."

Most of the Fantasy Flight children are enrolled in CPCD early childhood education programs. For these children, this will truly be a holiday to remember.

SkyWest Airlines is celebrating its 35-Year Anniversary in 2007. SkyWest was awarded the FAA's AMT Gold Award for maintenance training in 2004 and 2005, and the AMT Diamond award in 2006. System-wide, SkyWest employs more than 11,000 aviation professionals and serves a total of 158 cities in 48 states, five Canadian provinces and Mexico with nearly 1,800 daily departures.

About CPCD

Through its core programs of Head Start, Early Head Start and the Colorado Preschool and Kindergarten Program, Community Partnership for Child Development involves the entire family in the child's development and empowers parents to be advocates for their children's education. Children enrolled in CPCD programs live below the poverty level, have an identified special need, or have a home situation that puts them at risk for school failure. This year, more than 1,600 children are enrolled in CPCD classrooms throughout El Paso County. For more information, visit www.cpcdheadstart.org.

About Junior League of Colorado Springs

Junior League of Colorado Springs is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Colorado Springs advocates for youth enabling them to be effective and valued citizens of this community. Visit www.jlcoloradosprings.org for more information.

About Premier

Premier Helicopters operates six helicopter flight schools and flight services in three states, with Flight centers in Denver, Broomfield, and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Mesa, Arizona; and Arlington, Texas. Premier offers classes for all levels of pilots ranging from basic private pilot training through commercial pilots, instructor certification, and instrument ratings. For more information, visit www.PremierHeli.com.

This press release and more information on SkyWest Airlines can be found at www.skywest.com.

For more information, please contact:

Corporate Communications SkyWest Airlines
Phone: 435-634-3548
Phone 2: 435-634-3540


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