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Mesa Provides Update on RASPRO Surplus CRJ Asset Transactions

PHOENIX, June 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesa Air Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESA) (“Mesa” or the “Company”) today provided an update that the Company has completed the sales of six of the 15 surplus CRJ-900 airframes, and ten of the 30 surplus CRJ engines, associated with its Regional Aircraft Securitization Program (“RASPRO”) finance lease. Mesa previously entered into agreements to sell the 15 airframes and 30 engines, respectively, to two separate third parties.

Previously, the RASPRO finance lease carried a $50.4 million obligation for Mesa to purchase the assets at the end of the lease in March 2024. As disclosed with its first quarter fiscal 2024 earnings release, Mesa reached an agreement to fulfill the purchase obligation over the course of May 2024 to September 2024. Based on the aforementioned sale closings and resulting payments to RASPRO, Mesa's purchase obligation has been reduced to $27.3 million as of May 31, 2024. The Company anticipates fully eliminating this obligation in the coming months as it purchases the remaining assets from RASPRO and in turn executes their sales to the respective third parties under agreement.

“Addressing the RASPRO lease has been one of the top priorities for our surplus asset sale efforts over the past year-and-a-half,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa Chairman and CEO. “This is a significant financial obligation that we are putting behind us, and we are increasingly able to prioritize the future of the company for our investors and people. We look forward to enhancing our focus on returning to profitable performance and executing other strategic actions while closing the remaining transactions related to the RASPRO assets in the coming months.”

About Mesa Air Group, Inc.

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, 2024, 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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