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Mesa Air Group Signs New Five Year Contract With American Airlines to Operate 40 CRJ-900s

The new contract replaces the existing agreement which is expiring and will run from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2025. The previous contract for the operation of 30 aircraft was set to expire in 2021, with an additional 17 set to expire in 2022.

Mesa Air Group Enters New Contract With American Airlines - Courtesy Mesa Air Group

Today (November 24, 2020), Mesa Air Group announced the signing of a new contract with American Airlines for the operation of 40 CRJ-900s from January 1st, 2021 through December 31, 2025. The new five year contract replaces an existing agreement for the operation of 30 aircraft which was set to expire in 2021 and an additional 17, expiring in 2022. In Tuesday’s announcement, Mesa Air Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Ornstein, said,

“I want to express my appreciation to the American Eagle team leaders who worked with us on this new contract. This new contract will position Mesa for long term stability and improved performance on our American operation. This year has been difficult for our entire industry, but I’m thankful that despite the obstacles, American has chosen to continue its long-standing relationship with Mesa.”

Also commenting on the new contract, Mesa Air Group’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Brad Rich, added,

“I want to thank everyone involved for making this deal happen, especially our employees, who have shown unmatched professionalism and dedication throughout this difficult year. Efficiency and flexibility have been the pillars of our operation and the key to our low-cost structure. We are optimistic about our relationship with American and believe this new contract will be beneficial to both parties.”

Phoenix Arizona-based Mesa Air Group, Inc. is the holding company of Mesa Airlines which offers scheduled service to 101 cities in 39 states, Washington D.C., Canada and Mexico. As of October 31st, 2020, the carrier operated around 342 daily departures with a fleet of 146 aircraft. The company currently has approximately 3,200 employees. Mesa Air operates flights as American Eagle, United Express or DHL Express, pursuant to capacity purchase agreements with the mainline passenger and cargo carriers.

Source: Mesa Air Group


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