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News Release

Release #02.084
September 12, 2002

ALPA Reaffirms Its Opposition to Mesa Air Groupís Forming Freedom Air as an Alter-Ego Carrier

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The Executive Board of the Air Line Pilots Association, International, on Wednesday passed a resolution strengthening its commitment to opposing Mesa Air Groupís formation of Freedom Air as an alter-ego carrier.

Citing the Associationís conviction that Freedom Air significantly threatens not only the pilots of Mesa Airlines, but also the entire piloting profession, ALPA pledged to use all appropriate means, including financial, legal, communications, and other resources, to prevent Mesa Air Group from establishing Freedom Air as an alter-ego carrier.

"We believe that Mesa Air Group CEO Jonathan Ornstein will use Freedom Air to divert work from the dedicated Mesa pilots and give our jobs to Freedom Air pilots, who donít have the benefits or protections of a union contract," said Captain Andrew Hughes, chairman of Mesa Airlines ALPA unit.

"ALPA obviously recognizes the threat Freedom Air presents, especially as we are trying to negotiate much-needed improvements to our own collective bargaining agreement," Hughes said. "Forming Freedom Air is also particularly onerous now when most Mesa Air Group pilots flying for its subsidiary carrier, Charlotte-based CCAir, remain on furlough.

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