go! Hawaii’s Low Fare Airline to Cease Service April 1, 2014
Parent Mesa Air Group to Redeploy Aircraft to Growing Codeshare Business
PHOENIX -- March 17, 2014
Mesa Air Group, Inc. (“Mesa” or “Company”) announced today that it will cease
its Hawai’i operations effective April 1, 2014. Since June 2006, go! has
served its nearly five million passengers with safe, reliable and low fare
The decision to cease operations in Hawaii follows significant growth in the
Company’s flight operations on the mainland and was a strategic decision to
focus the organization on maximizing its growth in the capacity purchase
“codeshare” operations which comprise over 98 percent of the Company’s
“While this was an extremely difficult decision to reach, we believe it is in
the best interest of Mesa’s long term strategic objectives, particularly given
the Company’s ongoing expansion of aircraft in service with United Airlines
and US Airways. Mesa will be placing into service 30 EMB 175 aircraft with
United beginning in June 2014, and is adding 4 CRJ-900 aircraft with US
Airways in 2014, having added 9 CRJ-900s in 2013,” said Jonathan Ornstein,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With the significant expansion
opportunities in flying large regional jets in contracted service, we are
re-deploying the go! aircraft to support our existing mainland operations. An
additional factor that we accounted for was the long term increase in the cost
of fuel, which has more than doubled since go! began service and has caused
sustained profitability to be elusive,” continued Ornstein.
Under the terms of an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, go! will be able to
re-book passengers ticketed through go! for travel scheduled between April 1,
2014 and June 30, 2014 in specified fare classes on Hawaiian’s Interisland
network. go! will refund tickets for passengers who cannot be accommodated on
Hawaiian Airlines, or for passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30,
2014. All ticket holders will be contacted by go! reservations representatives
regarding the re-accommodations. Customers and travel agents needing
additional information may call 1-888-435-9462 or visit the website at
“go! will continue to provide its passengers with safe and reliable
transportation through its last day of service, and will work with our
passengers and Hawaiian Airlines to minimize the impact that this announcement
will have on our passengers,” noted Chris Pappaioanou, President of go!.
“On behalf of Mesa Air Group, I would like to thank all of our many loyal
passengers and the continued hard work and dedication of our employees – all
of whom will be given an opportunity to continue their employment with Mesa
Airlines. While we say goodbye to our many passengers in Hawaii, we look
forward to serving you on the mainland through our significant codeshare
operations,” continued Ornstein.
Mesa currently operates 71 aircraft with approximately 407 daily system
departures to 85 cities, 36 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and
Mexico. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under
contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively. The
Company was founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982.
Mesa Air Group, Inc.
Jonathan Ornstein, 602-685-4010
Chris Pappaioanou, 808-838-7900
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