Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 26, 2019

Mesa Air Group, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)





(State of other jurisdiction of incorporation)

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410 North 44th Street, Suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
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(602) 685-4000
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(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On November 26, 2019, Mesa Air Group, Inc. (“Mesa”) and Mesa’s wholly owned subsidiary, Mesa Airlines, Inc. (“Mesa Airlines” and together with Mesa, the “Company”), announced that it had entered into an Amended and Restated Capacity Purchase Agreement with United Airlines, Inc. (“United”), which amends and restates the Capacity Purchase Agreement, dated as of August 29, 2013 (as thereafter amended, the “Original United CPA”), among Mesa, Mesa Airlines and United (hereinafter, the “A&R CPA”).  


As reported in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Original United CPA provides for the operation of CRJ-700 and E-175 aircraft as United Express flights on behalf of United pursuant to a revenue-guarantee arrangement.  We have entered into the A&R CPA to, among other things, incorporate the terms of the 11 prior amendments to that Agreement, as well as agree upon the terms described below.


The term of the A&R CPA was extended through the addition of 20 new Embraer E175LL aircraft to the scope of the CPA, which aircraft will be financed and owned by Mesa and operated for a period of 12 years from the in-service date.  The addition of these new aircraft increases Mesa’s Embraer fleet to 80 aircraft.  Deliveries are scheduled to begin in May 2020 and be completed by December 31, 2020.  Commencing five (5) years the actual in-service date, United has the right to remove the new E175LL aircraft from service by giving the Company 90 days or more notice, subject to certain conditions, including the payment of certain wind-down expenses plus, if removed prior to the ten (10) year anniversary of the in-service date, certain accelerated margin payments.  In addition to adding the 20 new E175LL aircraft, we also extended the term of the 42 E175 aircraft leased from United for an additional five (5) years. 


In connection with the new Embraer E175LL aircraft deliveries, Mesa has agreed to lease its twenty (20) CRJ700 aircraft to another United Express service provider for a term of 7 years. The form of lease or sublease is to be mutually agreed upon between the parties, subject to receipt of any required 3rd party consents.  The lessee must pay the Company a specified total per month for each aircraft plus specified supplemental rent payments for maintenance.  The other United Express carrier will be responsible for all obligations under the leases.  However, subject to certain limits and requirements, United will be responsible for certain unmet rent obligations under the leases.


The foregoing description of the A&R CPA does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the A&R CPA, which we expect to file as an exhibit to our next Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2019, subject to any applicable request for confidential treatment with respect to certain portions of such document.

On December 3, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing the execution of the A&R CPA with United, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01   Financial Statements and Exhibits.




The following exhibit is furnished herewith.


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Press release announcing the execution of the A&R CPA with United, dated December 3, 2019.





     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.





Date: December  3, 2019



By:        /s/ BRIAN S. GILLMAN




Title:    Executive Vice President and General Counsel




Exhibit 99.1


Mesa Air Group Adds New Aircraft, Extends Contract with United Airlines


Adding 20 new Embraer E175 LL aircraft under a 12-year capacity purchase agreement

Extension on 42 United-owned Embraer E175s for five years

Existing 20 CRJ-700 aircraft to be leased to another United Express carrier


PHOENIX, Dec. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesa Air Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESA) announced today it will add 20 new Embraer E175 LL aircraft to its United Express fleet. The aircraft will be owned and financed by Mesa and be covered under a 12-year capacity purchase agreement. The E175 LL features 70 seats in a three-class configuration. Deliveries are scheduled to begin May 2020 and expected to be completed by the end of 2020.


The parties are also extending the contract for 42 E175s for an additional five years. The aircraft, which are owned by United, are now contracted through the end of 2024 with rights to extend through 2027. The 18 Mesa-owned E175s are contracted through 2028.


“We are pleased to increase the number of Embraer aircraft operating under our partnership with United to 80, making Mesa the largest E175 operator under the United Express banner,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mesa Air Group. “We are delighted that United has chosen to make us its fastest growing and largest operator of its premier regional jet. We would like to thank all of our hard working and dedicated people for making Mesa United’s airline of choice for regional growth.”  


The transaction will result in Mesa’s United Express operation becoming all Embraer 175 aircraft with long-term contracts and, following the new deliveries, an average age of 3.7 years. The company also expects the shift to a single fleet type to improve utilization of crew and maintenance resources across its United Express system.

“We look forward to strengthening our partnership with United through this new long-term contract,” said Brad Rich, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Mesa has been flying Embraer aircraft for nearly 30 years and we expect this transition to have a positive impact on our United Express operation.”


In connection with the deal, Mesa’s 20 Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft will be leased to another United Express carrier for a term of seven years.


About Mesa Air Group, Inc.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Mesa Air Group, Inc. is the holding company of Mesa Airlines, a regional air carrier providing scheduled passenger service to 147 cities in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, Cuba and the Bahamas. As of November 30th, 2019, Mesa operated a fleet of 145 aircraft with approximately 749 daily departures and 3,400 employees. Mesa operates all of its flights as either American Eagle or United Express flights pursuant to the terms of capacity purchase agreements entered into with American Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines, Inc.


Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Mesa’s current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global, regional or local economic, business, competitive, market, regulatory and other factors, many of which are beyond Mesa’s control. Any forward-looking statement in this release speaks only as of the date of this release. Mesa undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.


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