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PhoenixThe American charter operator Mesa Airlines is eyeing the cargo sector for further growth. The operator considers acquiring both Boeing 737NG and turboprop freighters to its fleet.

"We think the B737-400(F) continues to have a long-term attraction to the different cargo operations because of a very good niche. We are looking at other aircraft types as well and I think they will probably move to Boeing 737-800s at some point. We are also looking at smaller aircraft," 

Chief Executive Jonathan Ornstein said during the quarterly earnings call.

MESA Airlines is mainly focused on operating regional routes on behalf of big airlines in the United States such as American Airlines. The carrier entered into the cargo business this year with two Boeing 737 freighters.  

Cargo operations began in October with both aircraft flown on behalf of DHL Express from Cincinnati International Airport. Mesa Airlines is planning to expand its cargo fleet overtime.  

Ornstein said that the carrier was planning to add a freighter every other month in the next two years to reach 10-12 freighters.

Besides the two freighters, Mesa Airlines currently operates 162 regional jets.

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