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Mesa Air & Shenzhen Airlines

12/26/2006| 11:29:00 AM| 中文

Mesa Air has signed a deal with Shenzhen Airlines to create a Chinese regional airline. 

Mesa Air Group Inc. has signed a JV agreement with Shenzhen Airlines to create a Chinese regional airline. (12/22/2006)

The new airline (name yet to be decided) is expected to commence scheduled services within 12 months, initially operating 50-seat regional jets on domestic routes within the People’s Republic of China.

Mesa Air group chairman and chief executive officer Jonathan Ornstein shared that his airline has become the first US passenger airline to form a strategic alliance to create a new airline to operate in The People’s Republic of China.

Focus cities for the new services will include Shenzhen, Beijing, Chongqing, Xiamen, Nanjing, Kunming, Dalian, Shenyang, Xian, Zhengzhou and Nanning.

Ornstein said that Mesa will initially provide significant technical capability, including pilot, maintenance and operations support and training, as well as the sourcing of aircraft.

“We see this new partnership as a great opportunity to continue growing our business and further diversify our airline operations. The potential for Mesa to grow our business with Shenzhen Airlines through this partnership is significant. With a population of more than 1.2 billion people, China is the world’s fastest growing air travel market. There are currently 134 airports with plans to grow that number to 200 over the next ten years. Furthermore, 40 of the 50 largest airports have expansion projects underway or planned,” said Ornstein.

Shenzhen Airlines was founded in 1992 and currently operates a fleet of 45 new generation A320 and B737 aircraft, flying 100 routes within mainland China and South East Asia. The company has carried nearly 5.3 million passengers this year.

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