Mesa Loses Ground to Maui Rival

 - March 26, 2007, 10:12 AM

Maui-based Pacific Wings exacted a small measure of revenge on Hawaiian gatecrasher Mesa Air Group last month when it won the rights to two of Mesa’s Essential Air Service destinations in New Mexico. Pacific Wings plans to start serving Hobbs and Carlsbad, N.M., from Albuquerque using four nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravans on June 1. Mesa flies the routes with Beech 1900s, but growing dissatisfaction with fares and reliability prompted officials to waive a requirement for 19-seat airplanes to open the bidding to Pacific Wings.