Periodically, this blog focuses on one particular airline, to provide prospective pilots with more information on the industry they wish to enter as a career. Regional airlines are an important part of the U.S. aviation industry; they fly million of people each year, often providing service to secondary cities that the legacy airlines, such as American, United, Delta etc, cannot profitably serve.
Mesaba Airlines was founded in 1944, during WWII, and is the longest flying regional airline in the United States. It is a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation and also operates as a Delta Connection carrier under an agreement with Delta.
The airline has expanding rapidly recently and now provides service to 110 cities in the U.S. and Canada from hubs in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, Memphis and Detroit. Mesaba Airlines headquarters are in Eagan, Minnesota.
Mesaba’s fleet consists of jet-prop and regional jet aircraft, such as the 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200, the 76-passenger Bombardier CRJ900 (regional jets) and the 34-passenger Saab SF340 (jet- prop aircraft).
Pilots with limited experience, who have recently completed flight school and received their commercial pilot certificates are attractive candidates to be hired by regional airlines in the U.S. Therefore, after you graduate from flight school and build sufficient flight hours, you will likely be interviewing with various regional airlines. To find out more about this, contact Phoenix East Aviation at www.pea.com.