Mesa Airlines Takes Delivery of First of 30 Embraer E175s for Its United
PHOENIX -- April 10, 2014
Mesa Air Group, Inc. recently took delivery of its first Embraer E175 at a
celebratory event at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
The aircraft is the first of 30 on order by United to incorporate into Mesa’s
growing United Express fleet. Employees from United Airlines, Mesa and Embraer
celebrated the inaugural flight together.
“This is an exciting time at Mesa Airlines and the E175 will play a pivotal
role in our strategic growth plan going forward,” said Chairman and CEO
Jonathan Ornstein. “Our relationship with Embraer began as a United Express
carrier more than 20 years ago and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to
incorporate these spectacular new aircraft into our fleet. Mesa is in a unique
position to take full advantage of the opportunity to fly larger capacity
regional jets for our partners as they replace their existing fleets of
smaller, less efficient 50-seat aircraft.”
Mesa currently operates as United Express from hubs in Washington Dulles and
Chicago O’Hare with a fleet of 20 Bombardier CRJ-700 regional aircraft. The
first E-175s will enter service in June 2014 and are configured in the United
Express dual class 76-seat layout.
“At United, we are focused on modernizing our fleet, and we look forward to
introducing the E175 to our United Express service. Compared to the 50-seat
aircraft we are replacing, these aircraft provide a superior customer
experience and are more fuel efficient,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice
chairman and chief revenue officer.
The delivery encompassed four flights: the first from São José dos Campos in
southern Brazil to the northern Brazil city of Manaus. From Manaus, the
aircraft was flown to Panama City, Panama and then to Houston, TX. The E175
arrived in Phoenix, Mesa’s headquarters city, on Thursday, April 3.
About Mesa Airlines
A multiple recipient of Air Transport World’s Regional Airline of the Year
Award and ranked No. 1 Regional Airline three consecutive years by the DOT Air
Travel Consumer Report, Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines operates as US Airways
Express from hubs in Charlotte and Phoenix and as United Express from
Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare. Founded on a mesa in New Mexico in 1982
by Larry and Janie Risley, Mesa currently operates 69 aircraft with more than
400 daily system departures to 85 cities, 36 states, the District of Columbia,
Canada and Mexico. The company has approximately 2,200 employees and plans to
hire an additional 1,000 in the next two years.
Mesa Air Group
Marcia Scott, 602-685-3742
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