One issue Mesa ran into when it’s planes started having issues last summer was it didn’t have enough spares. Although the company was penalized by American and saw several jets removed from its rotation, having the eight spare aircraft on call has helped its overall performance record, Ornstein said.
“I’ll keep all the spares we need, I don’t care, but just make sure we hit 100% every month,” Ornstein joked on the call. “The problem with three spares when you have two hubs and 14-year-old aircraft, three was clearly not the right answer. I don’t know if eight is the number either, but somewhere in the middle.”
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