PHOENIX, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MESA) today announced the arrival on September 28 of the first of 14 seventy six seat Bombardier CRJ-900 Next Generation aircraft scheduled to be operated for Delta Connection by its wholly owned subsidiary, Freedom Airlines. The operation of these new aircraft was announced in March 2007 and represents an expansion of the agreement that was already in place between Mesa Air Group and Delta Air Lines.
"We are delighted Delta has given us the opportunity to expand our partnership," said Mesa Air Group Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Ornstein. "Once all 14 aircraft are delivered, we will operate a total of 50 aircraft under the Delta Connection banner. Mesa is also the only regional airline to operate this type of aircraft for two major airline partners. We believe our industry leading low costs and commitment to service will allow us to continue to expand our operations with existing partners as well as develop new partnerships in the future."
The first aircraft, registered N600LR, arrived last Saturday and is configured with 12 First Class and 64 Coach Class seats. The first two aircraft will begin revenue service on November 1, 2007 and will operate in the New York, JFK and Dallas, Fort Worth market. The remaining 12 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered over the next 16 months.
"I would like to thank all our Freedom employees whose hard work and commitment to great customer service has contributed to the growth and strength of our relationship with Delta and the arrival of these exciting new CRJ-900s", said Freedom Airlines President, Jorn Bates.
The CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft has an enhanced interior including energy efficient LED lighting, larger cabin windows, redesigned ceiling and sidewall panels, and larger overhead luggage bins.
Freedom currently operates 36 Embraer 145LR, 50 seat aircraft with over 200 daily flights for Delta Connection under separate agreements.
Mesa currently operates 185 aircraft with over 1,100 daily system departures to 184 cities, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, the Bahamas and Mexico. Mesa operates as Delta Connection, US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go!. In June 2006 Mesa launched inter-island Hawaiian service as go!. This operation links Honolulu to the neighbor island airports of Hilo, Kahului, Kona and Lihue. Mesa is a partner of Shenzhen Airlines in Kunpeng Airlines which operating regional jet passenger services in the People’s Republic of China. The Company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 5,000 employees and was awarded Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine in 1992 and 2005. Mesa is a member of the Regional Airline Association and Regional Aviation Partners.
This press release contains various forward-looking statements that are based on management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable; it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected.
Source: Mesa Air Group
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