Mesa Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), ratified a new four-year agreement with management. Of the 761 pilots who voted, 58% cast ballots in favor of the agreement, according to ALPA.

The amended contract provides all pilots with across-the-board pay increases, higher pay for deadheading, and the elimination of “base pay,” which significantly increases each pilot’s annual earnings,” ALPA said in a statement. “The agreement also contains much-needed improvements to pilot scheduling, including reserve pilots, and selection of hotels, along with numerous other improvements. In addition, the agreement includes a process to begin negotiations six months before the amendable date, the assistance of a private mediator before relying on the services provided by the National Mediation Board (NMB), and 1% pay increases during that bargaining process.”

Mesa Airlines operates as American Eagle from hubs in Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth and as United Express from Washington Dulles and Houston. Mesa pilots operate 134 aircraft, with more than 600 daily system departures to 124 cities, 38 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas. The airline will add 10 additional Embraer 175 aircraft to its fleet later this year.

Linda Blachly linda.blachly@penton.com