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Mesa Airlines Starts Service To 6 Cities From CVG

Tue May 22, 2001 12:35 am

Mesa Airlines Announces Service from Cincinnati
PHOENIX, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesa Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MESA - news), today announced that effective July 8, it would begin offering service to six cities from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. From its new location in Cincinnati, Mesa will operate two trips daily to Knoxville, TN and three trips daily to Nashville, TN; Washington, D.C. (Dulles); Chicago, IL (Midway); St. Louis, MO and, pending Canadian government approval, Toronto, Canada. The Washington Dulles, St. Louis and Toronto service will be operated by Mesa's state of the art Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) aircraft. The other markets will be served with Beech 1900 turboprop aircraft.

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To introduce passengers to the new service, Mesa will offer the lowest unrestricted one way ``Freedom Fares'' of $99* for each segment for all cities served. This fare will be available on every seat on every flight for an introductory period. The flights will be offered under the Mesa 'YV' code and can be booked through the Company's website at or by calling Mesa's toll-free reservation line at 1-800-637-2247.

``We are delighted to begin new service in the Cincinnati and the greater Northern Kentucky region,'' said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. ``Mesa has established a reputation for operational excellence and we are well prepared to provide the public with new flying alternatives.''

The service will be expanded from the initial six cites as aircraft availability and market demand permit. Mesa operates 47 regional jet aircraft, some of which could be made available to pursue a hub in the Cincinnati region. Mesa Air Group also operates 79 turboprop aircraft.

Mike Lotz, Mesa's President and Chief Operating Officer continued, ``We look forward to expanding our team of motivated and enthusiastic employees. We will begin our search immediately for high quality individuals to join us in providing the kind of service that the region has come to expect.'' The new operation will initially require approximately 200 employees.

Mesa Air Group currently operates 126 aircraft with 1,100 daily system departures to 120 cities, 36 states, Canada and Mexico. It operates in the west and mid-west as America West Express, the mid-west and east as US Airways Express, and in New Mexico under the independent Mesa Airlines. In addition, the company has 61 regional jets on firm order and holds options on another 184 jet aircraft. The Company, which was founded in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 4,000 employees.

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.

Mesa Air Group was the recipient of the Professional Pilot Magazine's Pilot -- Management Teamwork Award. Air Midwest and Mesa Airlines, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Mesa Air Group, have recently received the Federal Aviation Administration Certificate of Excellence Diamond Award. Mesa Air Group flies to over 138 cities in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico. The Company operates as America West Express in the Southwest, as US Airways Express throughout the East and Midwest, and independently as Mesa Airlines in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.

For further information regarding this press release please contact Jonathan Ornstein at 602-685-4010 or . For employment information please check out the Mesa web site at

* Introductory fares are quoted per segment and do not include airport
taxes of up to $12 roundtrip or a federal segment fee of up to $2.75.
(A segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing.) Fares are
nonrefundable, but if unused, may be applied toward the purchase of
future travel on Mesa Airlines less applicable service charges. Limited
time offer.

SOURCE: Mesa Air Group, Inc.

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RE: Mesa Airlines Starts Service To 6 Cities From CVG

Tue May 22, 2001 12:45 am

Sounds like Ornstein is smelling the demise of Comair and wants some fo the CVG action. Interesting that they're doing it under the "Mesa" brand. Even more interesting will be DL's response.

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RE: Mesa Airlines Starts Service To 6 Cities From CVG

Tue May 22, 2001 1:09 am

Good for them, and good for CVG travelers. I wish them success!
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RE: Mesa Airlines Starts Service To 6 Cities From CVG

Tue May 22, 2001 2:12 am

CVG-MDW on a B-1900? Ouch.

Interesting move by Mesa.

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RE: Mesa Airlines Starts Service To 6 Cities From CVG

Tue May 22, 2001 2:33 am

Could someone fill me in briefly on Mesa? I thought they were a feeder regional that flew for majors. For instance, they used to fly CRJ's for US Airways Express though those have been replaced by someone (TSA?) flying ERJ's.

Does Mesa aspire to become an airline in its own right, or do they want to be a feeder--say, do they aspire to join Delta Connection at CVG? And what would ALPA try to do about that, if anything?

If they aspire to become a Delta feeder, this reminds me a bit of ACA's gutsy move to buy CRJ's in 1998 even though United hadn't worked out scope issues with their pilots. ACA more or less forced the issue at United, and now they're a huge CRJ operator.

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RE: Mesa Airlines Starts Service To 6 Cities From CVG

Tue May 22, 2001 2:41 am

As I recall, Mesa was a United Express operator -- big in Denver -- and United dropped them like a hot potato after problems with customer service.

This is a gutsy move, although I'm not sure that Delta could leverage them (or the other way around) to get around the Comair woes...
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RE: Mesa Airlines Starts Service To 6 Cities From CVG

Tue May 22, 2001 3:21 am

Mesa operates as an independent entity hubbed in ABQ. More information can be found on thier website They currently fly Beechcraft 1900's. They will be operating under the Mesa name completely independent in CVG.
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RE: Mesa Airlines Starts Service To 6 Cities From CVG

Tue May 22, 2001 5:04 am

CVG-MDW would be a stretch comfort wise in a B-1900D. I wonder what happens when nature calls.

Mesa flies CRJs and ERJs for USAirways out of PIT I believe. Plus Air Midwest and CCAir operate under the USX banner from MCI and CLT respectively. Maybe from IND too... (flying B-1900s and Dash-8s) it is a little messy. Then Mesa flies CRJs, Dashes, and B-1900s for HP out of PHX, LAS, and CMH. As more ERJs are delivered the CRJs are being shifted from USX to HPX.
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