Mesa Jets Fly above China
Mesa Air Group expected three of its Bombardier CRJ200s to enter service with the newly christened KunPeng Airlines by the end of this month. All three airplanes came from Mesa’s U.S. fleet, from which it continues gradually to shed 50-seat jets and de Havilland Dash 8 turboprops in favor of 70- and 86-seat RJs. Based in the northwestern city of Xi’an, KunPeng Airlines operates under the control of China’s Shenzhen Airlines, which in December agreed to sell Mesa a 25-percent stake in the venture. Along with acting as an initial source of aircraft, Mesa has taken responsibility for pilot training and maintenance support.