Mesa Air Group Continues Preparations for New Independent Inter-Island Hawaiian Service

PHOENIX, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Mesa Air Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MESA) announced today it had met with officials from the State of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation to provide them with Mesa’s Proposal to Provide Airline Service in the State of Hawaii. This is one of the required steps Mesa is undertaking in order to begin service early next year. Included in the Proposal was information outlining the proposed flight schedule, key management personnel, relevant FAA and DOT certifications, type of equipment to be operated, and copies of audited financial reports.

Key Mesa management led by Maurice Parker, a member of Mesa’s Board of Directors, are currently in Hawaii preparing for the start of our Hawaiian operation. In addition to meeting with the State of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Mesa will meet with the local officials where the company intends to inaugurate service.

“Mesa is delighted to present its Proposal to Provide Airline Service in the State of Hawaii to the State of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation. We look forward to working with the state and local communities as we move forward with our plans to initiate service. We believe our combination of low fares and convenient, frequent flights will be a welcome alternative for consumers traveling inter-island,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa’s Chairman and CEO. “We believe our new generation aircraft, strong financial position and most importantly, our great people, will allow us to provide a consistent and outstanding product.”

Mesa currently operates 182 aircraft with over 1,100 daily system departures to over 165 cities, 44 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico. Mesa operates as America West Express, Delta Connection, US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreement with America West, Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines. The Company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 5,000 employees. 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 Magazine.

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.

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