I was an F/A for both, thankfully I've moved on to greener pastures. The company considers them two different entities, so if you are at Mesa and want to transfer to freedom, you have to go through a separate ground school. Freedom's management (base supervisors, IOE instructors) are MUCH higher quality then what we had over at mesa (in my opinion) they were a smaller group, and had the organizational skills mesa lacked! They did all their own tech ops publications, many things were shared however. They also have their own announcements...etc. Mesa was a lot bigger than freedom, so if you go to Mesa stations in ORD
(where the average F/A seniority is 6-12months) its an absolute mess of inexperience. But if you fly mesa out of the "homeland" in PHX
where a lot of the F/As and pilots, agents, have been around for years, the product is much better. MCO
is that way for freedom. In fact, a lot of the freedom management (in-flight) are freedom "A listers" They were the original new hires when Mesa created freedom back in the day for the start of the 900 flying to get around the US Airways scope clause. Freedom died briefly as you know, and the 900s were brought back to mesa, however YV
kept one B1900 on the freedom certificate, when it eventually signed the Delta contract, freedom was a very implemental part of that contract and was soley mesa's tool for a "delta connection" provider. Hope that helps.