Mesa Air Group to operate DHL Express freighters

By Damian Brett

Mesa Air Group has won a contract to provide air cargo services for DHL Express utilising Boeing 737-400F cargo aircraft. 

Under the agreement, Mesa will operate two cargo aircraft from DHL Express Americas global hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport for a five-year term. The company will lease the aircraft from DHL with the first scheduled to be in service this October.

As part of the deal, the Arizona-headquartered company will open a new crew and maintenance base in Cincinnati

“We are very excited to enter the cargo market and diversify our business. Flying under contract on behalf of DHL is essentially the same business model Mesa has operated under for over 20 years,” said Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and chief executive.

“Cargo transport plays a critical role in the health of communities and economies around the world. Mesa is well-suited for this new mission and this is just the beginning of what we believe will be a long and productive relationship with DHL.”

“This new cargo operation opens new doors for Mesa,” added Brad Rich, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“We are proud to offer new opportunities to our employees as we enter the cargo industry. In particular, Mesa pilots will now have the ability to earn a 737 type rating and receive the highest pay in the regional industry, all without leaving the company.”

Mesa Airlines is a regional air carrier providing scheduled passenger and cargo service to 66 cities in 29 states, the District of Columbia and Mexico.

As of June 30th, 2020, Mesa operated a fleet of 145 aircraft with approximately 175 daily departures and 3,400 employees.

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