PHOENIX, AZ – Mesa Air Group, Inc. announced today that its 1,300 pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have ratified a new 24-month labor contract.
“We are delighted our pilots have ratified this new agreement,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa Air Group chairman and chief executive officer. “In supporting this contract, our pilots have demonstrated their understanding of current industry conditions and have approved an agreement that both addresses their concerns and fully maintains Mesa’s industry-leading cost and productivity advantage. The agreement was concluded in record time, and I would like to thank all of our pilots, and in particular Captain Kevin Wilson, ALPA master executive council chairman, and the pilot negotiating committee led by Captain Albert Montoya, Captain Patrick Phillips, and Captain Casey Cole. Their dedication resulted in a tentative agreement in just over nine months at a time when most pilot negotiations last several years,” added Ornstein.
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.
Mesa currently operates 152 aircraft with over 800 daily system departures to 126 cities, 38 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico. Mesa operates as Delta Connection, US Airways Express, and United Express under contractual agreements with Delta Air Lines, US Airways, and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go!. In June 2006, Mesa launched inter-island Hawaiian service as go! This operation links Honolulu to the neighbor island airports of Hilo, Kahului, Kona, and Lihue. The company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 4,200 employees and was awarded Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine in 1992 and 2005. Mesa is a member of the Regional Airline Association and Regional Aviation Partners.