Phoenix USA-based airline oprator Mesa Air Group Inc said it has inked a new agreement with Chicago-based carrier United Airlines (NYSE: UA) that extends the term of its existing fleet of 20 Bombardier CRJ 700 aircraft to 2019 and adds 30 new United owned Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) 175 aircraft.
Under the terms of this agreement Mesa will place the new Embraer 175 jets into service over the next two years. Mesa will hire approximately 350 pilots, 300 flight attendants, and 200 maintenance and other support personnel to support the additional aircraft.
Mesa Airlines currently operates over 425 daily system departures to 82 cities, 32 states, Mexico and the District of Columbia, as United Express and US Airways Express under contractual agreements with United Airlines and US Airways (NYSE: LCC), respectively, and independently in Hawaii as go!
The airline, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 2,000 employees.