Jonathan G. Ornstein

May 9, 2008 - 5:03am

Jonathan Ornstein has learned something over the years about mending fences–and breaking down barriers. Although the outspoken and sometimes brash chairman and CEO of Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group has fought his share of battles during his 13 years in the airline business, Ornstein has found ways to overcome conflicts with those he needs to survive and prosper.

March 19, 2008 - 9:31am

It didn’t take long for Mesa Air Group’s seemingly innocuous new code-share deal with United Airlines to raise far wider implications, as Mesa chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein last month launched a bid to spread his company’s influence beyond its already substantial breadth with an overture to buy Atlantic Coast Airlines.

February 8, 2008 - 6:39am

Mesa Air Group plans to shed its Air Midwest subsidiary by the end of this year’s third quarter, company CEO Jonathan Ornstein said last month during the company’s quarterly earnings briefing.

February 8, 2008 - 6:39am

Mesa Air Group plans to shed its Air Midwest subsidiary by the end of this year’s third quarter, company CEO Jonathan Ornstein said last month during the company’s quarterly earnings briefing.

January 23, 2008 - 4:51am

Mesa Air Group chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein once again embraced the old adage “never say never” when the unpredictable industry veteran recently revived his airline’s association with a pair of estranged partners.

January 23, 2008 - 4:51am

Mesa Air Group chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein once again embraced the old adage “never say never” when the unpredictable industry veteran recently revived his airline’s association with a pair of estranged partners.

January 9, 2008 - 4:46am

Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group has asked its employees to accept a voluntary 5-percent pay cut for one year in return for an incentive program tied to quarterly profits. The appeal coincided with 20-percent salary reductions for chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein, president Mike Lotz and executive vice president Peter Murnane. According to SEC filings, the three top executives’ base pay equals $200,000, $175,000 and $150,000, respectively.

November 27, 2007 - 6:39am

Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group and Raytheon Aircraft have come to terms on an agreement to resolve “outstanding issues” related to the bulk of the airline’s fleet of 19-seat Beech 1900Ds. Mesa, which had defaulted on its loans for 47 of the airplanes, has agreed to resume its payments to Raytheon in exchange for certain monetary concessions from the Wichita-based manufacturer.

October 4, 2007 - 9:05am

Never one to shy away from controversy, Mesa Air Group chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein has announced that his airline will begin training its pilots to carry taser weapons in the cockpit. A Mesa spokesperson said the airline expected to complete training and FAA coordination for the plan within three months. Mesa on October 17 began placing private security personnel on its airplanes based in Albuquerque, N.M.

April 3, 2007 - 8:05am

Keenly aware that code-share partner US Airways might not survive the growing threat of another bankruptcy, Mesa Air Group has expanded its contingencies to include starting a discount airline, à la Atlantic Coast Airlines.

 
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