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A Mesa Airlines CRJ-900 in Phoenix (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Interview: Regional Carriers at Fulcrum of U.S. Airline Industry Recovery

Two U.S. regional carriers are largely prevailing as victors in a battle for survival as airlines globally continue to weather an unprecedented downturn in travel demand. Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines and St. George, Utah-based Skywest Airlines have both posted profits for the last quarter while larger airlines report losses in the millions of dollars per day. This achievement boils down to one contingency for these two regional airlines: contracts. Air travel numbers are rebounding in the U.S., albeit gradually. As projected…

Regional Carrier Compass Airlines Operates Final Flight

Three hours and 32 minutes after pushing back from the gate at Tulsa International Airport, Compass flight 6047 pulled into a gate for the final time. Arriving at Los Angeles International Airport nine minutes ahead of schedule, the American Eagle-colored Embraer 175 and the crew and passengers inside were the…

Mesa Airlines Signs Memorandum of Understanding for Up to 100…

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mesa Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding for the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M100 that could see the American regional service operator taking 50 firm orders with options for an additional 50 aircraft. If negotiations are completed, deliveries will begin on 2024. Announcing the deal at the Annual…

Inside the Regionals: A Look Inside Mesa Airlines’ Headquarters and…

Regional airlines are the backbone of the current hub-and-spoke system employed by the world’s major airlines. For many pilots, their first foray into the airline world is through a regional airline. However, few people know what goes on behind-the-scenes of these airlines. Fortunately for us, Mesa Airlines was kind enough…