Mesa Airlines thanks COO Paul Foley for seven years of operational success


PHOENIX, AZ – Mesa Airlines, Inc today announced that Paul Foley, longtime industry executive and the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2008, will leave the airline to return to Boston and serve as CEO of Rectrix Aviation, Inc., a division of Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services.

Since Paul’s arrival at Mesa, the Company led DOT Air Travel Consumer Report scores for three consecutive years, achieved five consecutive FAA Employer Maintenance Diamond Awards of Excellence, more than doubled its fleet from 57 large regional jets to 133 this year, and extended its contracts with code share partners American and United.

“Paul has done an outstanding job overseeing the operation during these years of growth at Mesa. As a former CEO himself, Paul fully embraced the challenge,” said Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein. “While I’m sorry to see my close friend go, we wish him the best and thank him for his important role at Mesa Airlines.

Fortunately for Mesa, Paul has built a great team, well positioned with both veteran operations management and key new hires in place to continue this success.”

“I will be forever grateful to Mesa for the opportunity to work with extraordinary people and to live in sunny Arizona near family the last seven years,” said Foley. “The chance for us to go home to Boston to spend more time with family was an offer we couldn’t refuse. I look forward to watching Mesa’s continued growth and success.”