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Bombardier and Mesa Sign Five-year Heavy Maintenance Agreement for CRJ700 and CRJ900 Aircraft

June 18, 2015 Montréal Commercial Aircraft,  Press Release

  • Represents extension of Heavy Maintenance Agreement signed in 2012

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has signed a five-year heavy maintenance agreement with Mesa Air Group, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona (Mesa Airlines). Under this contract, which extends to 2020, Bombardier will perform all heavy maintenance tasks for the airline’s fleet of CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft at its service centres in Macon, Georgia, Bridgeport, West Virginia and Tucson, Arizona.

“Bombardier’s CRJ Series aircraft continue to be an essential part of Mesa’s growth strategy and network success,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mesa Airlines.  “While we continue to focus on building our business, it’s reassuring to be supported by Bombardier’s expertise as our aircraft maintenance provider.”

“We are excited that Mesa continues to rely on Bombardier’s service centres to help ensure its fleet of CRJ aircraft is delivering the performance and reliability that operators around the world have come to expect,” said Todd Young, Vice President, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “As the aircraft manufacturer, we pride ourselves on being able to provide the highest level of maintenance services for operators of our aircraft.”

Mesa Airlines was the launch customer for the CRJ900 aircraft in 2001 and today is one of its largest operators. Mesa Airlines’ fleet includes 57 CRJ900 aircraft with 76 to 79 seats in a dual-class interior and 20 CRJ700 with 70 seats in a three-class interior. Additionally, in March 2015 Mesa placed a firm order for seven new CRJ900 aircraft.

About CRJ aircraft
Every 10 seconds a CRJ Series regional jet takes off somewhere in the world. The CRJ Series family of aircraft has trans­ported almost 1.6 billion passengers to become the world’s most successful regional jet program -- linking people and communities like no other. The CRJ Series regional jets have revolutionized aviation with their proven efficiency, reliability and profitability.

The CRJ Series regional jets share commonality benefits that provide flexibility to operators and allow them to optimize their fleets to meet specific market demands. No other regional aircraft deliver this capability. Optimized for medium-haul regional routes, these aircraft can provide up to 10% cash operating cost advantage over competing jets.

Each of the three CRJ aircraft models offers its own distinct advantages. The CRJ700 regional jet is the lightest aircraft in its category, delivering impressive efficiency, performance and fuel burn savings, while the CRJ900 regional jet offers tremendous flexibility and is ideally suited for growing markets. The CRJ1000 regional jet, which has the highest passenger capacity in the family, delivers the lowest seat-mile cost in the regional jet market and burns up to 13% less fuel than its competitors.

Since its launch, the CRJ Series family of regional jets has stimulated the regional jet market. In North America alone, it accounts for over 20% of all jet departures. Globally, the family operates more than 200,000 flights per month.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

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For Information

Marianella de la Barrera
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
+1-416-375-3030

marianella.delabarrera@aero.bombardier.com

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