Mobile, AL – On Saturday, February 20, PSA Airlines participated in a Wings for Autism® event at Mobile Regional Airport (MOB). This event was held in partnership with The Arc of Clarke County, Mobile Arc, MOB, American Airlines and its regional partners Envoy Air and PSA Airlines, Autism Society of Alabama, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Doug Flutie Foundation.
Wings for Autism®, one of The Arc’s newest national initiatives, is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals. Originated by the Charles River Center, a local chapter of The Arc in Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Port Authority, Wings for Autism® is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtain boarding passes, go through security, and board a plane.
Wings for Autism® also gives airport, airline, TSA professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment. This experience is equally useful for families that have a member with other intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) that are concerned about the ability of their family member to travel.
Nearly 100 participants from the Mobile area benefited from this experience. Upon arrival, attendees checked in to receive their boarding pass, went through security, and were greeted at the gate prior to boarding the plane.
The flight was operated by PSA Captain Edward Hartzig III and First Officer Robert Baker, both MOB residents, and Instructor and Flight Attendant Melanie Lopez and Flight Attendant William Robinson.
“My favorite moment from the event was while passengers were deplaning, I heard a mother ask her special needs son, who was diagnosed with Autism, if he wanted to go on a real flight one day. He looked at her and said, ‘Yeah, mommy! I can do it!’, said Melanie Lopez, PSA Instructor and Flight Attendant. “To witness his anxiety, fear, and apprehension fade away was a life changing moment for him, his mother, and for myself. To know we made a difference in his life and that he trusts us and has the confidence he will be safe on an airplane was the real reward.”
To see pictures from the event, click here.
The Arc – The Arc advocates for and serves people with I/DD, including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of more than 650 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.
The CRJ900 regional jet was delivered during a ceremony held at the Bombardier facility in Mirabel, Québec.
Montréal, February 12, 2016 – Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and PSA Airlines, Inc. announced today that the airline’s fleet has grown to 100 CRJ Series regional jets. The 100th aircraft, which is one of 24 CRJ900 regional jets ordered by American Airlines, Inc. (American) in December 2014, will be operated under the American Eagle regional brand. PSA Airlines’ fleet is entirely comprised of CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft.
A delivery ceremony, held today at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Québec facility, was attended by senior executives and employees of American, PSA Airlines and Bombardier.
“We are pleased to add the 100th CRJ Series aircraft to our growing fleet,” said Dion Flannery, President, PSA Airlines. “The CRJ Series regional jets are instrumental in allowing PSA to fulfill its mission of transporting satisfied customers to their destinations safely and on time.
“We are proudly becoming one of the largest regional service providers for American — the world’s largest airline, and we’re also on track to soon become the operator of the world’s largest all-Bombardier fleet of commercial aircraft,” added Mr. Flannery.
“PSA Airlines’ 100th aircraft is a testament to the performance of the airline’s fleet of exclusively CRJ Series aircraft, and to the strength of the relationship we have built with American over more than 15 years,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are proud of this collaboration and we congratulate PSA on its growing fleet.”
About CRJ Series Aircraft
Every 10 seconds a CRJ Series regional jet takes off somewhere in the world. The CRJ Series family of aircraft has transported more than 1.64 billion passengers to become the world’s most successful regional jet program — linking people and communities like no other. The CRJ Series regional jets have revolutionized aviation with their proven efficiency, reliability and profitability. The CRJ Series regional jets share commonality benefits that provide flexibility to operators and allow them to optimize their fleets to meet specific market demands. No other regional aircraft deliver this capability. Optimized for medium-haul regional routes, these aircraft can provide up to 10 per cent cash operating cost advantage over competing jets. Each of the CRJ aircraft models offers its own distinct advantages. The CRJ200 regional jet offers outstanding ownership cost, ideal for opening new routes and markets. The CRJ700 regional jet is the lightest aircraft in its category, delivering impressive efficiency, performance and fuel burn savings, while the CRJ900 regional jet offers tremendous flexibility and is ideally suited for growing markets. The CRJ1000 regional jet, which has the highest passenger capacity in the family, delivers the lowest seat-mile cost in the regional jet market and burns up to 13 per cent less fuel than its competitors. Since its launch, the CRJ Series family of regional jets has stimulated the regional jet market. In North America alone, it accounts for over 20 per cent of all jet departures. Globally, the family operates more than 200,000 flights per month.
The CRJ Series aircraft family includes over 100 owners and operators in approximately 40 countries. The worldwide fleet has logged over 43.5 million flight hours.
Bombardier has booked a total of 1,883 firm orders for CRJ Series aircraft.
About PSA Airlines PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s more than 2,400 employees operate nearly 600 daily flights to nearly 90 destinations. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, PSA also has flight crew bases located in Dayton, Cincinnati, Ohio, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA has maintenance facilities in Dayton and Canton, Ohio and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport and Charlotte, North Carolina. As of year-end 2015, PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 36 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add an additional 35 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 18 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft to its fleet in the next two years, tripling its fleet size and employee base since the airline’s growth plan was announced in December 2013.
About Bombardier Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.
Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, we posted revenues of $20.1 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.
On Saturday, January 30th, we welcomed nearly 40 flight and aeronautical engineering students from Purdue University to get a behind-the-scenes tour of PSA. Click here for additional pictures from the event.
The students toured our Operation Control Center, state-of-the-art Training Center, and Maintenance Hangar. Students met with PSA staff and got to hear first-hand what it is like to work at the fastest growing regional airline in the country.
“Awesome day spent at PSA Airlines at their Dayton training and maintenance facilities! Gave a nice preview of what to expect in a little less than 4 years!” – Thomas Sherringham, Purdue Student
Purdue University is one of PSA’s partner schools in our industry-leading Cadet Program. The program offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $16,000 in tuition reimbursement. Click here to learn more.