Mesa Air Group, Inc.
seems to continue growing at a rapid pace, as the company announced
Monday it has reached a final agreement with US Airways to add
eight 50-seat regional jets to its existing agreement.
This amendment, which is subject to US Airways Board of
Directors approval, increases the number of 50-seat regional jets
under the contract with US Airways to 67. Mesa currently has 57 of
its 50-seat regional jet aircraft in service with US Airways. The
eight new aircraft, which will be acquired on an operating lease
from a third party lessor, are expected to be placed into service
starting in May of 2004. These aircraft will go into service for
"Mesa stands ready to support US Airways and its current efforts
to return to profitability," said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa's
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We have faith in US Airways'
management and employees and are pleased to have the opportunity to
expand our US Airways Express operation."
Mesa currently operates 159 aircraft with 1,012 daily system
departures to 151 cities, 40 states, the District of Columbia,
Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.