On June 5th, 2014, 40 lucky PSA employees got to participate in the trip to Mirabel, Canada for PSA’s 1st CRJ900 Delivery Ceremony and a Bombardier factory tour! The day was a great celebration for our employees and a chance to get to know colleagues from all over, see where our planes are built, and witness the collective pride and joy that PSA’s hard work has manifested.
When asked to summarize their experience, here is what some of our employees had to say:
“Overall an amazing once in a lifetime experience. I loved every second of it. I will definitely remember the Mirabel trip the rest of my life.” Christopher Sailer, Safety Program Manager
“FANTASTIC, very well done. I was very happy that management was able to allow line employees to participate in this event and appreciate the effort that went into coordinating the occasion.” – Michelle Spangler, Check Flight Attendant/Inflight Training Specialist
“I think I can speak for everyone we were treated like royalty.” – Kevin Peters, Flight Attendant
Here’s what some of our participants say was their favorite parts of the trip:
“The factory tour and interacting with the people at Bombardier who make our airplanes. Also interacting with management personnel and fellow employees.” – Donne Walton, Flight Attendant
“Enjoyed it all. The circus performers at lunch were a pleasant surprise.”- Mark Lakovich, Pilot Instructor
“Being able to tour the factory and have a person explain different parts of what they work on. I thought it was really neat to get to know that side of the company.” -Megan Bicking, Dispatcher
Each year PSA participates in Vandalia Parks and Recreation’s Corporate Challenge- a week long series of challenges and sporting events opened to businesses in the community. This year, teams from 9 local companies joined together in the fun and friendly competition and the PSA’s team’s skills and hard work brought home the number one spot for the 11th time since the Challenge’s inception! Team leaders Vicki Ray and Todd Partridge were monumental in organizing the teams, events, shirts, and food and beverage.
The competition started out rough for PSA in the first half of the week. Saturday, June 7th through Wednesday, June 11th included bowling, billiards, sand volleyball, Minute to Win It, football, Frisbee, pizza eating, basketball, soccer, golf, and homerun derby. Despite our hard work, PSA was in the fourth place and sixty points behind first place following these events.
Hopes remained high, however, and the second half of the week showed our company’s true resilience and dedication! Thursday and Friday closed out the competition with euchre, corn hole, a jigsaw puzzle contest, and trivia. Each of these contests grabbed more points on the board and brought us closer to bringing the overall trophy back to PSA, but it was our trivia team that truly came through in the clutch.
“When I came on board in 1991 it was something for me to get involved with to get to know the people that I would be working with and today it is an honor to have kept it going,” says team leader Vicki Ray when asked what the Challenge means to her. “It is a great benefit to be able to spend time with other people within PSA that I do not normally work with on a day to day basis.”
View photos of the events and team photos here!
We hope everyone had fun and will remember our victory and tears-to-cheers story. Congratulations to all of the participants: Vicki Ray, Todd Partridge, Don Hydler, Chris Mulhern, Walter Glowicki, William VanWeelden, Ed Maurer, Justin Garber, Brookelen Resides, Regina Manning, Janet Schul, Kacey Collinsworth, Alisa Thomas, Kim DeHart, Angie Didier, Heidi Healy, , Andrea Roush, Brandon Deloof, David Pregon, Tony Miller, Katie Sahle, Brandon Dodge, Jake Schul, John Sandlin, Jake Didier, Chris Mulhern, Janice Officer, Penny Kistler
Bombardier Delivers First Enhanced CRJ900 NextGen Regional Jet to American Airlines
– First of 30 to be operated by PSA Airlines – Enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft offers up to 5.5 per cent lower fuel consumption than earlier-generation CRJ900 aircraft
MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC–(Marketwired – June 6, 2014) – Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first of 30 enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to American Airlines Group Inc. The aircraft will be operated by American Airlines Group wholly owned subsidiary PSA Airlines, Inc. under the American Eagle brand. The purchase agreement for the aircraft, which was announced in December 2013, also included options on an additional 40 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
Prior to yesterday’s delivery ceremony, the aircraft was unveiled to American Airlines employees and PSA Airlines employees at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and in Dayton, Ohio. Representatives of the media also had the opportunity to view the aircraft.
American Airlines is the first customer to take delivery of the enhanced CRJ900 NextGen regional jet, which provides up to 5.5 per cent fuel burn reduction over earlier-generation CRJ900 aircraft.
The delivery ceremony at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Québec, facility was attended by senior executives and employees of American Airlines, PSA Airlines, Bombardier and major suppliers to the CRJ Series regional jet program.
“We look forward to integrating the enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft into our fleet and to expanding service for our customers,” said Keith Houk, President, PSA Airlines. “The new CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will provide us with new opportunities and signal a bright future for PSA.”
“This milestone delivery of the first enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft further cements our long-standing relationship with American Airlines and we are pleased to welcome PSA Airlines as the latest operator to join the CRJ900 NextGen family,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Both airlines have been operating Bombardier aircraft for more than 10 years and have helped the CRJ family of aircraft become the benchmark in regional aviation. We look forward to the aircraft’s imminent entry-into-service and congratulate American Airlines and PSA Airlines as they target their various markets with the right aircraft to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers.”
As of March 31, 2014, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,817 CRJ Series aircraft, including 343 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in more than 50 countries on six continents, and on average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world. CRJ Series aircraft have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 39 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.
About CRJ900 NextGen aircraft
Like other members of the CRJ Series family of aircraft, the light weight and advanced aerodynamics of the CRJ900 NextGen regional jet combine to deliver improved efficiency and reduced operating costs compared to other aircraft in its class. Since the launch of the earlier-generation CRJ900 aircraft, enhancements to the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft have resulted in up to 5.5 per cent fuel burn reduction.
In addition to offering significant fuel cost savings per aircraft, as well as outstanding operational flexibility, the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft provides customers with an improved experience that includes excellent legroom, bright cabins resulting from large windows and LED lighting as well as large overhead bins.
The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft’s advanced technologies include a conic-shaped exhaust nozzle that improves exhaust flow and reduces fuel consumption; various weight-saving initiatives; and a six-screen glass cockpit featuring the Rockwell Collins Pro Line IV integrated avionics suite, whose robust open architecture delivers reliable performance with growth capability to meet future communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management requirements.
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