PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First paragraph, second sentence of release dated March 13, 2017, should

read: The five-year agreement will provide up to $15,000 in combined

forgivable loans to Cadets and allow them to accrue Mesa longevity while

flying for Southern (instead of The five-year agreement will provide up

to $15,000 in combined forgivable loans to Cadets and allow them to

accrue Mesa seniority while flying for Southern).

The corrected release reads:



Mesa Airlines, Inc. and Southern Airways Express today announced the

launch of the Mesa-Southern Pilot Cadet Training Program, a newly-formed

partnership providing career progression for Southern Airways pilots and

a pipeline to future employment for qualified candidates at Mesa

Airlines. The five-year agreement will provide up to $15,000 in combined

forgivable loans to Cadets and allow them to accrue Mesa longevity while

flying for Southern.

“In response to the enactment of ill-conceived and financially punitive

government regulations recently imposed on aspiring commercial pilots,

Mesa and Southern Airways are working together to make the path to an

airline career more accessible to qualified candidates,” said Mesa CEO

Jonathan Ornstein. “We look forward to partnering with Southern on this

new and innovative program.”

New hire first officer Cadets with fewer than 1,000 flight hours will

receive a $10,000 loan from Mesa and, upon reaching 1,000 hours and

upgrading to captain, a $5,000 loan from Southern.

Current Southern First Officers will remain full-time pilots at Southern

until they reach 1,800 flight hours, or at least 550 hours as a Captain,

whichever is first. Cadets will begin accruing longevity for both pay,

vacation and employee travel purposes at Mesa upon enrolling in the


“Southern Airways is excited to join Mesa in this innovative partnership

which will provide a full-career pathway to new pilots at two of the

fastest-growing airlines in the United States,” said Stan Little,

Chairman and CEO of Southern. “Since both companies operate hubs at

Dallas-Fort Worth and at Washington-Dulles, this alliance is a natural


Mesa recently announced the expansion of its partnership with United

Airlines with the addition of 12 new Embraer 175 aircraft scheduled for

delivery in 2017. These aircraft will bring Mesa’s E175 fleet count to

60 and the Company’s total number of large regional jets to 145. Mesa’s

United Express fleet will total 80 aircraft, including 20 CRJ700s and

the company’s American Eagle fleet comprises 64 Bombardier CRJ900


Mesa continues to develop innovative programs to address the challenges

of burdensome federal regulations on the regional airline industry,

particularly the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration

Extension Act of 2010, which led to further regulations for new hire

pilots to have 1500 hours of total time, a standard based on zero

scientific evidence and many times greater than every other country in

the world. In fact, under the new regulations, foreign pilots who do not

qualify to fly for U.S. carriers, fly everything from regional aircraft

to jumbo jets into U.S. airspace, landing in American cities every day.

While Mesa is hopeful changes will soon be made to these

counter-productive government policies, the company will continue to

find ways to provide opportunities, growth, and job security for its


The delivery of the 12 additional aircraft is scheduled to begin in May

2017 and will create more than 500 new commercial aviation career

opportunities. For more information and to apply, go to

About Mesa Airlines

A multiple-time recipient of Air Transport World’s Regional

Airline of the Year Award, Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines operates as

American Eagle from hubs in 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 133

aircraft, with more than 600 daily system departures to 124 cities, 38

states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas. The

airline will add 17 additional Embraer 175 aircraft to its fleet in

2017. The company has approximately 3,100 employees and plans to hire an

additional 1,000 in the next two years. For more information, go to

or visit us on Facebook at

About Southern Airways Express

Founded in 2013, Southern Airways Express has quickly grown to become

one of the largest commuter airlines in the United States. Operating a

fleet of Cessna Caravans and Grand Caravans, Southern serves 22 cities

with over 125 peak-day departures from hubs at Baltimore, Dallas/Ft.

Worth, Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Washington-Dulles. For more information,

or visit us on all major social media sites.


Mesa Airlines, Inc.

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