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Mesa eyes larger aircraft.(Mesa Air Group Inc plans on leasing Boeings 737s)(Brief Article)

Mesa Air Group CEO Jonathan Ornstein said the company is looking at the possibility of operating leased 737-300s sometime in the future that most likely would fly in East Coast markets. "The economics of used narrow-bodies are pretty remarkable," he explained. "A 737-300 could be operated at costs 20% below JetBlue." Mesa also is looking at Embraer 170s/190s.

The airline currently operates a fleet of 162 aircraft that include both Embraer and Bombardier regional jets in codeshare relationships with United Airlines, America West Airlines and US Airways. Mesa, launch customer for the 86-seat CRJ900, flies 13 of them for AWA with plans to increase that to 38. Ornstein said the six 64-seat CRJ700s currently operated for AWA will be shifted into service for United. …

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