American named as major partner for seven new CRJ900s at Mesa

American Airlines has chosen Mesa Airlines to operate seven new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft – the order for which was announced on 5 February – for a 10-year term under the American Eagle brand.

The seven aircraft will bring the total number of CRJ900s operated by the company to 64.

“As the CRJ900 launch customer in 2001 and one of the world’s largest CRJ900 operators, we are extremely pleased to add these brand new CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to our fleet,” said Mesa chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein. “We are proud of our long-time partnership with American, spanning more than 20 years. We look forward to continuing to provide reliable and cost-effective regional jet service for American’s customers with the advanced technology and fuel efficiency provided by this aircraft.”

Mesa will take delivery of the additional aircraft from the Bombardier factory beginning in July, with all aircraft received by September 2015.

Mike Lotz, president and chief financial officer at Mesa, added, “We would also like to thank our 2,500 hard-working and dedicated employees for their contribution to our success. Working together, Mesa is once again one of the largest and fastest growing regional airlines in the world.”

These seven CRJ900s will be operated in a 76-seat two-class configuration with 12 First Class, 36 Main Cabin Extra and 28 Main Cabin all-leather seats and inflight WiFi.

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