Posted on: 11 December 2015 by Mark Howells
Mesa Airlines has expanded a recent agreement to operate 15 new Embraer 175s on behalf of United Express to include three further aircraft of the type.
Mesa currently operates 30 E175 aircraft and 20 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft under the United Express brand. Including the 18 new aircraft, the total number of United Express aircraft operated by the company will reach 68.
“We are very pleased to expand this agreement with United, adding three more Embraer 175 aircraft for a total of 18 scheduled for delivery in 2016,” remarked Mesa’s chairman and CEO, Jonathan Ornstein. “Our exceptional track record in terms of both operational efficiency and customer satisfaction has given us the foundation to be the fastest growing domestic airline over the last three years. We thank United for this opportunity.”
Paul Foley, Mesa’s EVP and chief operating officer, added, “This additional growth continues to expand advancement opportunities for the people of Mesa Airlines. These 18 new aircraft provide approximately 90 new captain upgrade positions, 180 new first officer positions, 200 flight attendant new hires, and 120 jobs for mechanics, supervisors, dispatchers, planning and support staff.”
The new E175s will be configured with 76 seats including 12 in first class, 16 in premium economy and 48 in economy. The aircraft will feature inflight WiFi connectivity, leather seating and electric outlets in first class.