Mesa Air Group Selected Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World

PHOENIX, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Mesa Air Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MESA) announced today that Air Transport World had selected the Company as 2005 Regional Airline of the Year. Mesa was recognized by ATW for its exemplary service to the public as well as completing a successful business restructuring during one of the most difficult periods in the history of commercial aviation. Air Transport World is the leading monthly magazine serving the airline and commercial aircraft manufacturing industries and the ATW Awards are one of the most coveted and valued honors an airline can receive. Since the ATW Airline Achievement Awards program was created in 1974, Mesa is the first airline to have won the Regional Airline of the Year award twice. The ATW Award winners are selected by the magazine’s editorial staff after a lengthy consultative process.

“ATW’s recognition of Mesa as 2005 Regional Airline of the Year is a wonderful achievement for our Company,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa’s Chairman and CEO. “The selection of Mesa for this honor is a validation of the hard work and dedication of our 5,000 employees. This recognition is especially gratifying given the current state of the airline industry. We appreciate the confidence our airline partners have placed in our operations and would like to thank all of the 10 million passengers who chose to fly with us last year. While we will undoubtedly face challenges going forward, we are confident that if we remain true to the principles of our founder, the late Larry L. Risley, Mesa will be well positioned for the future. All of our folks have done a wonderful job and we thank them for their extraordinary contribution to our current success.”

Mesa currently operates 183 aircraft with over 1,100 daily system departures to over 182 cities, 41 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. Mesa operates as America West Express, US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreement with America West, US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines. The Company was founded in New Mexico in 1982 by Larry L. Risley and his wife Janie and currently employs approximately 5000 people. Mesa is a member of the Regional Airline Association and Regional Aviation Partners. The Company was named 2005 Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World.

This press release contains various forward-looking statements that are based on management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable; it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected. The Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements prior to its next filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For further information regarding this press release please contact Linda Larsen at 602-685-4126 or Linda.Larsen@Mesa-Air.Com.

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