Mesa Announces Termination of Turboprop Aircraft Service

Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:00pm EDT

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PHOENIX, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MESA AIR GROUP, INC. (Nasdaq: MESA)
today announced that United Airlines has exercised its early termination
rights for Mesa's operation of 10 Dash-8 turboprop aircraft under Mesa's
code-share agreement with United Airlines.  Mesa plans to work with United
Airlines on an orderly transition plan, but, in any event, the date of exit
from service is expected to be no later than April 30, 2010. 


See the Company's disclosure in its Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended
June 30, 2009 for a complete discussion of the Company's agreement with

"We face a challenging period during the next few quarters and will strive to
mitigate the impact of the termination of aircraft under our code-share
agreement with United Airlines.  The lease terms covering four of these
aircraft expire on April 30, 2010, the remaining six aircraft have lease terms
beyond April 30, 2010.  We are exploring a number of opportunities for the
remaining six aircraft including other codeshare opportunities, our
independent operations or subleasing the aircraft to other operators," said
Mesa Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Ornstein.

For more information regarding these matters, please see the Company's
quarterly report filed with the SEC on August 10, 2009. 

This press release contains various forward-looking statements that are based
on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by and information
currently available to management. Although the Company believes that the
expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable; it
can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct.
Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions.
Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should
underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially
from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected.
Mesa currently operates 136 aircraft with approximately 800 daily system
departures to 126 cities, 40 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and
Mexico. Mesa operates as Delta Connection, US Airways Express and United
Express under contractual agreements with Delta Air Lines, US Airways and
United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go!. In
June 2006 Mesa launched inter-island Hawaiian service as go!. This operation
links Honolulu to the neighbor island airports of Hilo, Kahului, Kona and
Lihue. The Company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982,
has approximately 3,700 employees. 

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SOURCE  Mesa Air Group, Inc.

Brian Gillman, Exec. VP & General Counsel of Mesa Air Group, Inc.,
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