Mesa Air Group is spending big... and has placed a firm order
for a total of 20 Bombardier CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jets. The
mix of models will be determined at a later date. The order is
valued at an estimated $637 million U.S. ($837 million Cdn.) and
represents the conversion of 20 of the 40 options that Mesa holds
on the Bombardier CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft.
Mesa Air Group currently operates 69 Bombardier CRJ aircraft
including 43 CRJ200, 15 CRJ700 and 11 CRJ900 aircraft. In addition
a further 11 CRJ200 from Midway Airlines will soon join its
When the delivery of this recent order is complete Mesa Air Group
will operate some 114 Bombardier CRJ aircraft and will have options
on another 20 regional jets.
Calls for Immediate Action To Deal With Congestion
On Tuesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
announced plans for a new, next generation air transportation
system with expanded capacity to relieve congestion, prevent
gridlock and secure America’s place as global leader in
aviation’s second century.
In a speech before the Aero Club of Washington, D.C., the
Secretary warned that recent delays at Chicago’s O’Hare
airport marked the return of increased passenger demand for air
travel and potential gridlock in the skies.
Mineta said that the FAA has set in motion several airspace
modernization plans to add capacity and improve efficiency,
including seven new air traffic control towers; five new terminal
air traffic control fac
A federal commission investigating the tragic events of
September 11, 2001 claims the FAA failed to adequately prepare for
hijacking prevention and focused too much on a perceived threat
from explosives smuggled aboard planes
The preliminary report by the National Commission on Terrorist
Attacks Upon the United States said that in a presentation to
airline and airport officials in early 2001, the FAA discounted the
threat of a suicide hijacking because there was "no indication that
any group is currently thinking in that direction."
In July 2001, the FAA issued a warning to air carriers but did
not mention suicide hijackings. Instead, it focused on the
possibility that some terrorist groups might conceal explosive