Posted on: 15 April 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Employees of Mesa Airlines have celebrated the arrival of the company’s 100th regional jet, a 76-seat Embraer 175 , at the carrier’s Phoenix hangar.“Taking delivery of our 100th jet is truly a great moment for our company,” stated Mesa’s chairman and CEO, Jonathan Ornstein. “I would like to thank all of our dedicated employees, our long-time partners at American and United, and my friends and co-workers, including president Mike Lotz, COO Paul Foley, and EVP and Captain Mike Ferverda, among many others. We have a lot to be thankful for, and I truly believe there has never been a better time for Mesa Airlines.”“Our continued success goes back to the principles established by our founders Janie and Larry Risley back in 1982 in Farmington, New Mexico,” Ornstein continued. “We do our best each day to provide outstanding customer service to our passengers, opportunities and job security for our employees, and industry-leading performance and efficiency for our airline partners.”Mesa currently operates 78 Bombardier regional jets and recently announced the purchase of seven factory-new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGEN aircraft which it will operate for American. In addition, Mesa currently operates 22 Embraer 175s for United, with eight more entering service this year. Mesa’s previously announced aircraft deliveries will bring the fleet total to 115 by the end of 2015.