Mesa Airlines Reaches New Pilot Collective Bargaining Agreement

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mesa Airlines announced Wednesday that its pilots, represented by the
Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), ratified a new
four-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement will be
implemented in coordination with ALPA.

“We are delighted to come to a long term collective bargaining agreement
with our pilot group,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Mesa Airlines. “The agreement is the result of a
truly cooperative effort by both parties to achieve a fair and equitable
contract while protecting the long term future of the company and its
ability to effectively compete in the marketplace. We are especially
pleased that throughout the process, all parties maintained a
professional, open, and friendly relationship. The new agreement
provides Mesa the tools to both attract and retain qualified and widely
sought after professional pilots that we will need to remain one of the
top performing and fastest expanding regional airlines in the country.
It is our strong belief that there are a number of significant new
opportunities for Mesa to explore now that this agreement has been put
in place. I would like to thank the dedicated members of the ALPA
negotiating committee, the members of the Master Executive Council,
Chairman and Captain Andy Hughes, as well as the professionals at ALPA
for their critical role in achieving this landmark agreement. Most of
all, I’d like to thank our pilots not only for passing this new
collective bargaining agreement, but for the tremendous work they do
every day providing safe and reliable transportation to millions of
passengers every month and their much appreciated support of Mesa

Over the last four years, Mesa has doubled in size and has hired over
1,000 pilots, more than any other regional airline. The new
agreement will solidify the Company’s ability to support the expansion
of its partnership with United Airlines, which is scheduled to add 12
new Embraer 175 aircraft in 2017 bringing the total number of aircraft
operated as United Express to 80. Mesa also operates 64 aircraft under
the American Eagle brand in partnership with American Airlines.

The delivery of the additional aircraft will create more than 500 new
commercial aviation career opportunities. For more information, visit

About Mesa Airlines

A multiple-time recipient of Air Transport World’s Regional
Airline of the Year Award, Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines operates as
American Eagle from Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth and as United Express
from Washington Dulles and Houston. Founded on a mesa in New Mexico in
1982 by Larry and Janie Risley, Mesa currently operates 136 aircraft,
with more than 600 daily system departures to 124 cities, 38 states, the
District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, and The Bahamas. The company has
approximately 3,100 employees and plans to hire an additional 1,000 in
the next two years. For more information, go to
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