Mesaba Aviation, Inc. Releases September Performance Data

SOURCE: Pinnacle Airlines

MEMPHIS, TN–(Marketwire – October 8, 2010) –  Pinnacle Airlines Corp. (NASDAQ: PNCL) today released capacity and operational results for its Mesaba Aviation, Inc. subsidiary for September 2010.

Mesaba reports its total Passengers, Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs), and Load Factor each month, even though fluctuations do not affect revenues received under capacity purchase agreements with Delta Air Lines, its mainline partner.

 September 2010 YTD 2010*
*Pinnacle acquired
Mesaba on July 1, 2010
Passengers481,302 1,639,068
Available Seat Miles (000)377,223 1,183,364
Revenue Passenger Miles (000)269,841 910,891
Load Factor71.5% 77.0%
Block Hours21,434 68,186
Departures13,245 42,691
Fleet   
 CRJ-20019  
 CRJ-90041  
 Saab 34032  

The average length of a Mesaba flight was 534 statute miles.

About Pinnacle Airlines Corp.

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. (NASDAQ: PNCL), an airline holding company, is the parent company of Pinnacle Airlines, Inc.; Colgan Air, Inc.; and Mesaba Aviation, Inc. Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. operates a fleet of 142 regional jets as Delta Connection in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Colgan Air, Inc. operates a fleet of 48 regional turboprops as Continental Connection, United Express and US Airways Express in the eastern United States and Canada, Texas and Louisiana. Mesaba Aviation, Inc. operates a fleet of 60 regional jets and 32 jet-prop aircraft as Delta Connection in the United States and Canada. Pinnacle Airlines Corp. operating subsidiaries fly 282 aircraft on more than 1,650 daily flights to 182 cities and towns in North America. The corporate headquarters is located in Memphis, Tenn. Airport hub operations are located in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Memphis, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. Visit www.pncl.com for more information.

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