LINK. SkyWest announced Wednesday that it has signed a four-year “capacity purchase agreement” with American Airlines to operate 23 Bombardier CRJ200s, 50-seat jets, out of those two airports. In Wednesday’s announcement, the carrier said it would begin American Eagle operations on Nov. 15, with all 23 to be in American Eagle service by the end of first quarter 2013. “This agreement is indicative of the credibility of the people and the operational quality of SkyWest, Inc.,” SkyWest president Brad Rich said. “We look forward to operating under the American Eagle designation and establishing ourselves as a trusted and valuable long-term partner for American,” Rich said. The flights will be operated by SkyWest’s two carriers, SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines. American has indicated it wanted to expand flying by commuter airlines that would feed traffic to American at its five cornerstone markets: Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Chicago and New York.