American Contracts With Mesa Air to Operate Bombardier CRJ-900 Aircraft

By Karin Sun on 20 May 2014
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DSC_4666Mesa Air Group announced that it has entered into an agreement with American Airlines to add six new Bombardier CRJ-900 planes to its current fleet, which already includes 51 aircraft under contract with American Airlines. The initial agreement for the new planes is eight years.

Mesa Air Group announced that it has entered into an agreement with American Airlines to add six new Bombardier CRJ-900 planes to its current fleet, which already includes 51 aircraft under contract with American Airlines. The initial agreement for the new planes has a duration of eight years.

American first announced plans to purchase Bombardier jets last December, shortly after its merger with US Airways. The carrier signed a firm purchase agreement for 30 CRJ-900 aircraft, with options for an additional 40, an order valued at $1.42 billion at the time, with the potential to increase to $3.38 billion if all options were exercised.

Mesa’s CRJ-900s are outfitted with 87 seats in two classes, with nine in first class and 78 in economy class.

Mesa Air Group is the parent company of Mesa Airlines, which is based in Phoenix, Arizona. The airline operates as US Airways Express from its hubs in Charlotte and Phoenix, and as United Express from Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare.

The airline, which currently operates a fleet of 69 aircraft, was founded in 1982 and serves various destinations in 36 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Canada, and Mexico. Mesa currently has nearly 40 aircraft scheduled for delivery over the course of the next several years.

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