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Mesaba Airlines to Close Eden Prairie HQ, Cut 193 Jobs

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Mesaba Airlines plans to close its Eagan headquarters on Dec. 26, cutting nearly 200 jobs.

The Star Tribune reports the move is being made at the behest of owner Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines. Both airlines are regional carriers for Delta Air Lines.

In the process, Pinnacle will cut 193 Mesaba jobs in Eagan, out of a total of about 800 Mesaba jobs in Minnesota.

Pinnacle spokesman Joe Williams says it remains unclear whether some of those employees will get other jobs with Pinnacle in Memphis. He says that will be resolved by the year’s end.

Mesaba was founded in 1944. Delta sold it to Pinnacle Airlines for $62 million last year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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