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Mesa Airlines Visits ATP Daytona Beach

August 6, 2014

Recognizing the quality of training ATP provides, Mesa Airlines recently visited the Daytona Beach training center with a factory-new Embraer 175 — giving ATP instructors and students a glimpse of their future.

The Embraer was the second in an order of 30 that Mesa Airlines announced late last year, as part of an agreement with United Airlines®. Fresh in United Express® colors, Mesa accepted delivery of the aircraft that week and was currently ferrying it to the United States from Embraer's headquarter's in São José dos Campos, Brazil, when it stopped by ATP's training facility.

The visit and demonstration of the aircraft gave ATP instructors and students a hands-on preview of the next step of their professional aviation careers and underscored the relationship ATP and Mesa have built over the years — with over 100 ATP graduates having gone on to fly for the airline. This hiring is supported by a formal Letter of Agreement and alliance which Mesa Airlines and ATP entered in April of last year, guaranteeing an interview to ATP graduates.

Republic Airways ERJ

As demand and competition for airline pilots accelerates, Mesa Airlines was not the only airline to visit an ATP training center this year. Endeavor Airlines and Republic Airways also brought aircraft to ATP's Phoenix-Mesa training center earlier in the year, showing a CRJ and ERJ respectively. Republic's visit was particularly exciting, as it was during one of their scheduled onsite interviews the airline conducts monthly at ATP training centers.

Mesa Airlines' Daytona Beach visit was the second the airline made to an ATP training center this year and certainly won't be the last, as Mesa has promised to bring more Embraer 175s to ATP training centers over the next few months.

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