Frontier And Mesa Announce First Two Cities

Thu Dec 06, 2001 12:43 am

Press Release
SOURCE: Mesa Air Group, Inc.

Mesa Air Group Announces First Frontier Airlines Codeshare Cities

PHOENIX, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MESA - news) announced today that it will begin serving San Jose, Calif., and Houston in partnership with Denver-based Frontier Airlines, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRNT - news) as Frontier JetExpress beginning Feb. 17, 2002. San Jose will mark a new Frontier destination and in Houston, Mesa will supplement Frontier's existing service. Frontier JetExpress will be operated with 50-seat Canadair Regional Jets, a commercial derivative of the popular Challenger executive jet. Mesa will operate three trips per weekday to San Jose International Airport and two trips to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
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``We are delighted to return to the Denver market as part of our new codeshare partnership with Frontier Airlines. Our relationship with Frontier provides us with a great opportunity to expand our regional jet flying,'' said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and CEO of Mesa Air Group. ``We are currently in discussions with a number of cities to expand our service. We plan to have seven regional jets in service for Frontier by the end of 2002.''

``Frontier's partnership with Mesa Airlines gives us the ability to introduce our legendary spirit of the west service and affordable fares to new customers and expand to destinations that are more efficiently served by regional jet aircraft,'' said Frontier President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Potter. ``This codeshare agreement is a very positive step for both airlines and we are pleased to team up with Mesa Air Group.''

The San Jose service will be launched with a special low introductory price to Denver of $199 each way and will accompany the flexible and low-fare structure to which passengers are accustomed from Frontier. The introductory fare, which does not require advance purchase, will be available during the first 30 days of service and is subject to availability.

As follows are the schedules for the Denver-San Jose (SJC) and Denver-Houston (IAH) service:

Frontier JetExpress Service - Denver (DEN) to/from
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, (SJC)

Flight Departs Arrives Frequency Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
Number DEN SJC Number SJC DEN
3169 8:45 a.m. 10:20 a.m. Daily 3322 6:35 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Daily
3165 4:50 p.m. 6:25 p.m. Daily 3326 10:55 a.m. 2:20 p.m. Daily
3173 8:50 p.m. 10:25 p.m. Except Sat. 3166 6:55 p.m. 10:20 p.m. Except

Frontier JetExpress Service- Denver (DEN)
to/from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Flight Departs Arrives Frequency Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
Number IAH DEN Number IAH DEN
3322 10:50 a.m. 2:10 p.m. Daily *3169 6:35 a.m. 7:50 a.m. Sunday
3326 3:05 p.m. 6:25 p.m. Daily 3165 2:40 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Daily
3173 6:55 p.m. 8:15 p.m. Except

All times given in local arrival or departure city times.* Service begins Feb. 24, 2002

Mesa currently operates 116 aircraft with 832 daily system departures to 153 cities, 38 states, Canada and Mexico. It operates in the west and mid-west as America West Express, the midwest and east as US Airways Express, in partnership with Midwest Express out of Kansas City and in New Mexico under the independent Mesa Airlines. It will also begin codesharing with Frontier Airlines out of Denver in the first quarter of 2002. The Company, which was founded in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 3,000 employees. Mesa is a member of Regional Aviation Partners.

Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the second largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport, serving 25 cities coast to coast with a fleet of 29 aircraft and employing approximately 2,300 aviation professionals. In June 2001, BusinessWeek ranked Frontier 14th on its list of Hot Growth Companies and in September 2001, Fortune magazine ranked Frontier 41st on its 100 Fastest Growing Companies list. Frontier provides capacity and other data and industry comparisons on its Web site, which may be viewed at .

This press release contains various forward-looking statements that are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable; it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected. The company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements prior to its next required filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For further information regarding this press release please contact Benet Wilson at +1-602-685-4018 or

SOURCE: Mesa Air Group, Inc.

Finally they announce destinations, but did you see the SJC-DEN intro fare? $199! Ouch!
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RE: Frontier And Mesa Announce First Two Cities

Thu Dec 06, 2001 7:54 am

Good to hear.

However, I'm a little confused about DEN-IAH.

According to Frontier Airline's website, there will be 2 daily DEN-IAH flights. HOWEVER, there will be 2 daily IAH-DEN flights PLUS 1 daily flight except on Saturdays.

So thats 2 flights for DEN-IAH, but 3 flights for IAH-DEN.

Doesn't make sense.

Anyone have any explanation?

Also, will these Mesa Air CRJs have there own "Frontier JetExpress" livery? Or will it be the regular Mesa-Air livery?

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RE: Frontier And Mesa Announce First Two Cities

Thu Dec 06, 2001 9:21 am

Well...Frontier already serves DEN -- IAH route with 737s. They upgrade the 737-200s to -300s and put the CRJs on them as well. Check Frontier's website for exact schedules.
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RE: Frontier And Mesa Announce First Two Cities

Thu Dec 06, 2001 11:47 am

I thought F9 was only going to serve new routes that can not support mainline? SJC seems like a good move, but IAH???
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RE: Frontier And Mesa Announce First Two Cities

Thu Dec 06, 2001 12:01 pm

wouldn't it make more sense to have CRJs to SMF and 737s to SJC...

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RE: Frontier And Mesa Announce First Two Cities

Thu Dec 06, 2001 2:24 pm

Maybe not - anyone know what UA does on DEN-SMF and DEN-SJC?

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