Posted on: 06 October 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Mesa Airlines has announced an agreement with United Airlines to add 15 Embraer 175s to its United Express fleet.
The carrier currently operates 30 Embraer aircraft on behalf of United Airlines as well as 20 Bombardier CRJ700s under the United Express brand.
“We are very pleased to expand our relationship with United with the addition of these 15 new Embraer 175 jets,” said Mesa’s CEO and chairman, Jonathan Ornstein. “Mesa has proven itself as a quality operator of this aircraft type in terms of customer satisfaction and is competitive in terms of cost efficiency. The combination of these two attributes has made Mesa the fastest growing airline in the world over the last three years and will continue to fuel our growth into the future.”
“Besides the obvious benefit of expansion to Mesa, the addition of new aircraft greatly enhances advancement opportunities for our people, our pilots and other operational employees in particular,” continued Paul Foley, EVP and COO, Mesa Airlines. “The addition of these aircraft will create a minimum of 75 new captain upgrade positions that significantly increase pay, 150 newly hired first officers, 150 new flight attendant positions and over 100 additional mechanics, supervisors, dispatchers, planning and support staff.”