Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines has reached an agreement with United Airlines to add 15 Embraer 175 aircraft to Mesa’s United Express fleet. Mesa currently operates 30 Embraer aircraft for United Airlines. In addition to the E175s, Mesa operates 20 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft under the United Express brand.
Mesa Air Group chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said, “Mesa has proven itself as a quality operator of this aircraft type in terms of customer satisfaction and is competitive in terms of cost efficiency. The combination of these two attributes has made Mesa the fastest growing airline in the world over the last three years and will continue to fuel our growth into the future.”
Mesa EVP and COO Paul Foley said the addition of new aircraft “greatly enhances advancement opportunities for our people, our pilots and other operational employees in particular. The addition of these aircraft will create a minimum of 75 new captain upgrade positions that significantly increase pay, 150 newly hired first officers, 150 new flight attendant positions and over 100 additional mechanics, supervisors, dispatchers, planning and support staff.”
The E175’s 76-seat dual-class configuration features 12 first-class, 16 premium economy and 48 coach seats. The aircraft has inflight Wi-Fi connectivity, leather seating and electric outlets in first class.
ATW – Air Transport World
JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced it will begin seasonal nonstop service between Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) this winter.
JetBlue will operate once daily round-trip service between the two cities seasonally from January 13, 2016 through Sunday, May 1, 2016.
JetBlue first began operating flights in Syracuse in 2001 and now serves eight airports across New York State with Albany set to become number nine in December. New Yorkers have long supported JetBlue as a leading carrier in the region and the airline continues to grow across the state.
This year JetBlue will operate up to 95 flights daily at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport which serves as one of JetBlue’s Florida gateways to the airline’s expanding network. Destinations from South Florida now include Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru. New destinations including Mexico City and Quito, Ecuador launch in the coming months.
FLL-SYR Flight #1738 SYR-FLL Flight #1737
11:30 a.m. – 2:33 p.m. 3:10 p.m. – 6:31 p.m.
JetBlue will serve the route with its Embraer 190 aircraft.
World Airline News
SkyWest Inc. (SKYW) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary SkyWest Airlines, Inc. has entered into an amendment to an existing Capacity Purchase Agreement with United Airlines, Inc. to operate an additional 18 new Embraer E175 dual-class regional jet aircraft.
The aircraft will be operated by SkyWest Airlines. The cabin will be a dual-class configuration of 76 seats and will be equipped with Wi-Fi. As per the deal, it is anticipated that delivery of the aircraft will begin in late 2016, with all 18 aircraft being delivered by mid-2017.