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Mesa Air Group to operate 30 E175s for United Express, extends CRJ700 agreement

16-Sep-2013 8:59 AM

Mesa Air Group Inc announced (13-Sep-2013) an agreement with United Airlines, which will extend the terms of its existing fleet of 20 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft operated under the United Express brand to 2019 and adds 30 new United-owned Embraer E175 aircraft. Mesa will place the E175s into service over the next to years, and will hire an additional 350 pilots, 300 flight attendants and 200 maintenance and support staff. Mesa Air Group Inc chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said: "This is truly a great day for Mesa. We will continue to work hard to provide the best possible service to United’s customers. Mesa began operating under the United Express banner in 1992, and we are delighted to have this opportunity to expand our longstanding partnership. Our first codeshare agreement with United transformed our company, and I am sure this one will do the same. We are also very pleased to rejoin the Embraer family of operators and look forward to working with our many friends there as well." Mesa Air Group Inc executive VP and COO Paul Foley added: "It has always been our goal to exceed the expectations of both our partners and customers. We believe this contract is evidence that our operational performance and industry leading cost structure have begun to pay big dividends for the company and our people." [more - original PR]