Release #07.MAG2
October 31, 2007

Mesa Pilot Leadership Responds to Court Decision

PHOENIX—The following statement is from the union leaders of the Mesa Air Group [NASDAQ: MESA] unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA) concerning the court ruling that Mesa pay $80 million dollars in damages to Hawaiian Airlines [AMEX: HA] for violating a confidentiality agreement.

Late yesterday in Honolulu, Judge Robert Faris issued his ruling of the recently-concluded trial between Hawaiian Airlines and Mesa Air Group. Mesa was ordered to pay $80 million dollars to Hawaiian Airlines for violating a confidentiality agreement Mesa signed when looking into investing in Hawaiian while Hawaiian was in bankruptcy.

“We are shocked and appalled by these developments,” said Captain Michael Jayson, chairman of the Mesa Air Group unit of ALPA. “The actions of MAG’s senior management have put the future of Mesa Air Group and the livelihoods of their hard-working employees in jeopardy. Although the negative publicity will soon die down, the financial impact of the Hawaiian Airlines decision—if it is not overturned on appeal—will likely be felt for years to come. Combine this with the skyrocketing attrition among our pilots and the on-going operational and staffing problems at Mesa Air Group, and you can begin to appreciate why the pilots are so concerned about the future of our company.”

ALPA is the bargaining agent for the nearly 1,700 pilots at Mesa Air Group, which includes Mesa, Air Midwest and Freedom Airlines. ALPA represents 60,000 pilots at 42 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at

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ALPA Contacts:
Lydia Jakub, (602) 794-2882; (480) 586-5873
Anya Piazza, (703) 626-7926
Captain Erik Sparks, (704) 622-6341