US Airways Extends Mesa Contract

US Airways said Mesa will be a partner into 2015 and will soon emerge from bankruptcy.
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Tempe, Ariz. (

TheStreet

) --

US Airways

(LCC)

has extended its relationship with regional partner

Mesa.

The new deal means that Mesa, which is operating under bankruptcy court protection, will fly for US Airways through September 2015, a thirty-nine month extension beyond the current June 12, 2012 expiration. Mesa will continue to operate 38 CRJ900 aircraft for US Airways.

"The agreement includes a reduction in costs to operate the aircraft, and operational performance and aircraft interior requirements to ensure that Mesa continues to meet US Airways'

standards," said President Scott Kirby in a message to employees. The deal requires approval by the bankruptcy judge and final approval by the two airlines.

Codeshare agreements involving six Dash 8 turboprops and eight CRJ200 aircraft do not change. The Dash 8s can be returned with six months notice, and the CRJ200 agreement ends in June 2012.

Kirby noted that Mesa's operational performance has improved over the past two years, with a nine percentage point improvement in A14 arrivals (within 14 minutes of schedule) compared to the first nine months of 2008 and a three point improvement compared to the same period in 2009.

"We expect Mesa to be prepared to exit bankruptcy in a matter of months and look forward to their continued partnership in the years ahead," Kirby said.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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