Mesa Air Group

Mesa Air Group, Inc. is the parent company of the airlines Mesa Airlines, Freedom Airlines and Air Midwest, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.


It is a public company ( NASDAQ: MESA) and in addition to the airlines, a number of airline service companies. The airlines fly mainly under the name U.S. Airways Express, United Express and Delta Connection to 148 destinations in 38 U.S. states, as well as Mexico and Canada.

The Mesa Air Group operates a fleet of 201 aircraft. Actually, it belongs to the so-called Major Airlines, based on total assets, flight network and number of employees. However, because it operates only with aircraft having a seating capacity of less than one hundred, it is as this is not done.


The company was founded in 1980 as JB Aviation with base and seat on the Farmington Four Season Regional Airport, New Mexico, by Larry and Janie Risley with a capital of $ 140,000 with a Piper Chieftain. In the first years of the Mesa Air Shuttle fought against established airlines, such as Air Midwest, Sun West Airlines, Pioneer Airlines, Jet Air, Trans - Colorado Airlines and Airways of New Mexico.

In 1984 Mesa from the Civil Aeronautics Board their first Essential Air Service contract. The destinations were Roswell, Hobbs and Carlsbad, followed by a second contract for the objectives Silver City, Alamogordo, Las Cruces and Gallup.

In 1987 Mesa Air Shuttle as Mesa Air Group, Inc., 865,000 shares for $ 7.50 at the stock exchange. From 1989 Mesa Convention grew steadily through acquisitions, expansion of route networks and codeshare. Total assets in 2007 amounted to $ 1.4 billion, of the number of employees approximately 5,000.


Today, Mesa Air Group operates the following subsidiaries:

  • Airlines Mesa Airlines, Inc.
  • Freedom Airlines, Inc.
  • Go!
  • Related companies Mesa Pilot Development, Inc.
  • Regional Aircraft Service, Inc.
  • MAGI Insurance, Ltd..
  • Ritz Hotel Management Corp..
  • Mesa Air Group Aircraft Inventory Management, LLC (MAG- AIM)
  • Former airlines and subsidiaries
  • California Pacific
  • CCAir
  • Desert Sun Airlines
  • Florida Gulf Airlines
  • Liberty Express Airlines
  • Mountain West Airlines
  • Skyway Airlines
  • Superior Airlines
  • Westair Holdings, Inc. and Westair Commuter Airlines
  • Desert turbine service
  • Four Corners Aviation
  • Mesa Leasing, Inc.
  • San Juan Pilot Training

With the Chinese Shenzhen Airlines in 2005 a joint venture was formed to build the Kun Peng Airlines. In August 2008, Mesa Air Group announced the sale of its shares in Kun Peng Airlines to Shenzhen Airlines. After that, Kun Peng Airlines was renamed Henan Airlines.