Mesa Airlines was founded in 1980, originally as Mesa Air Shuttle, in New Mexico. The company operates a regional airline, now out of the Phoenix, Arizona, hub. The company moved its headquarters from Farmington, New Mexico, to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1998.
The company is known for having the lowest amount of incidents recorded through the Journal of Air Transportation. The company now operates in 180 markets within the western hemisphere. Currently , Mesa has 133 planes, with more on order, and flies to 200 destinations.
Mesa Airlines filed for bankruptcy in January of 2010 in order to release themselves from leases for the planes they no longer needed. The company came out of bankruptcy in March of 2011; the fastest turn around time for any airline filing for chapter 11.