Wed, Jan 28, 2004
RJ Revolution Continues With BIG Follow-On CRJ700 & CRJ900
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.
“We are delighted by Mesa Air Group’s continuing
confidence in our CRJ family of aircraft. As a partner of America
West, United and US Airways, Mesa CRJ aircraft have proven
themselves throughout the United States,” said Steven A.
Ridolfi, president, Bombardier Aerospace, Regional Aircraft.
“Their low operating costs, coupled with additional economic
benefits brought about by fleet commonality and same type rating
between the Bombardier CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900, offer additional,
and substantial, cost savings.
“This order is yet more evidence that the regional airline
revolution is continuing, and that Bombardier continues to lead the
market in regional jets,” Mr. Ridolfi added.
Mesa Air Group currently operates a total of 158 aircraft with
984 daily departures to 159 cities in 39 states, the District of
Columbia, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. It operates in the West
and Midwest as America West Express; the Midwest and East as US
Airways Express; in Denver as United Express; in Kansas City as
Midwest Express; and in New Mexico and Texas as Mesa Airlines.
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