Mesa Airlines stops 737F operations for DHL Express

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US regional air carrier Mesa Airlines has stopped providing air cargo services for DHL due to a “reduction in cargo demand”.

Mesa Air Group said in its first quarter 2024 results release that Mesa Airlines had agreed to reduce its freighter service with DHL from February.

“As a result of the reduction in cargo demand, Mesa and DHL mutually agreed to wind down cargo operation as of February 2024.”

Mesa did not provide any further details about the nature of its operations for DHL, but in July 2020 the company won a contract to provide air cargo services for DHL Express utilising Boeing 737-400F cargo aircraft. 

The agreement involved Mesa operating two 737-400F from the DHL Express Americas global hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) for a five-year term. The company leased the aircraft from DHL and began operations in October 2020.

Cargo Facts reported that Mesa had been using three 737-400Fs.

Mesa said in its recent results release that as part of the agreement, DHL will reimburse certain costs associated with winding down operations. It added that pilots from the cargo operation are transitioning to operate Mesa’s E-175 aircraft.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Mesa Air Group, Inc. is the holding company of Mesa Airlines, a regional air carrier providing scheduled passenger service to 79 cities in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Cuba, and Mexico.

As of March 31, Mesa operated a fleet of 80 aircraft, with approximately 263 daily departures. The Company had approximately 2,110 employees. Mesa operates all its flights as United Express pursuant to the terms of a capacity purchase agreement entered into with United Airlines, Inc.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]