Mesa Air to operate 30 new planes for United and hire 850 employees
Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) (Published: 12-Sep 2013, Received: 16-Sep 8:18:13 AM)
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Mesa Air Group Inc. -- The parent of interisland carrier go! -- has reached an agreement with United Airlines that extends the term of its existing fleet of 20 Bombardier CRJ 700 aircraft to 2019 and adds 30 new United-owned Embraer 175 aircraft.
Under terms of this agreement, due to be announced today, Mesa will place the new Embraer 175 jets into service over the next two years. Mesa will hire approximately 350 pilots, 300 flight attendants and 200 maintenance and other support personnel to support the additional aircraft.
"This is truly a great day for Mesa," Mesa Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said.
"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. The Phoenix-based carrier also operates as US Airways Express.
"Our first code-share agreement with United transformed our company, and I am sure this one will do the same," Ornstein said.
Mesa operates 71 aircraft with approximately 425 daily departures to 82 cities, 32 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico.
Credit: Star-Advertiser staff
(c) 2013 Oahu Publications Inc.
Original headline: Mesa Air to operate 30 new planes for United and hire 850 employees
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