Mesa Airlines, pilots reach collective bargaining agreement

Mesa Airlines has announced that its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), have ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement, the company said.

The agreement will be implemented in coordination with ALPA.

“We are delighted to come to a long term collective bargaining agreement with our pilot group,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mesa Airlines. “The agreement is the result of a truly cooperative effort by both parties to achieve a fair and equitable contract while protecting the long term future of the company and its ability to effectively compete in the marketplace.”

Over the last four years, Mesa has doubled in size and has hired over 1,000 pilots, more than any other regional airline.

The new agreement will solidify the company´s ability to support the expansion of its partnership with United Airlines, which is scheduled to add 12 new Embraer 175 aircraft in 2017 bringing the total number of aircraft operated as United Express to 80.

Mesa also operates 64 aircraft under the American Eagle brand in partnership with American Airlines.

Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines operates as American Eagle from Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth and as United Express from Washington Dulles and Houston. Founded on a mesa in New Mexico in 1982 by Larry and Janie Risley, Mesa currently operates 136 aircraft, with more than 600 daily system departures to 124 cities, 38 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, and The Bahamas.