Mesa Air Group inked an eight-year deal with US Airways to add another nine aircraft to its fleet of 38 Bombardier CRJ900s, the airline announced in late February.
Under the contract, Mesa will continue to fly as US Airways Express from the major airline’s hubs in Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C. The deal marks a major victory for Mesa, which has struggled to regain its former prominence among U.S. regionals following its emergence from bankruptcy in February 2011. Now flying 62 airplanes for US Airways and United Airlines and independently as Go! in Hawaii, Mesa controlled a fleet of 178 airplanes when it filed for Chapter 11 protection in January 2010.
“The fact that we earned this business is exciting and a big step forward for our company and all of us here at Mesa; our turn-around is just beginning,” Mesa chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said in a message to employees.