Looking Back at Where We've Been - The History of PSA Airlines
PSA Airlines has a long history that includes several name changes. PSA Airlines started as Vee Neal Airlines, a small commuter airline operating in Pennsylvania. Vee Neal Airlines moved to Erie, Pennsylvania and changed its name to Jetstream International Airlines in 1983.
PSA has decades of experience in the airline industry.
Jetstream International Airlines was acquired by Piedmont Airlines in 1986 and moved to Piedmont’s hub in Dayton, Ohio the following year operating as Piedmont Commuter. In 1987, Piedmont merged with US Airways (then US Air) and Jetstream International Airlines became a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group and began operations as Allegheny Commuter. In order to preserve the trademark of an earlier acquired west coast carrier, US Airways changed the name of Jetstream International Airlines to PSA Airlines in 1995.
After the acquisition by US Airways, PSA flew under the US Airways Express brand, and operated a fleet of thirty Dornier 328 turboprop aircraft. In 2003, PSA began its current relationship with Bombardier by integrating the CRJ 200 and CRJ 700 regional jets.
2013 brought big changes for US Airways as well as PSA Airlines. In December, US Airways and American Airlines completed their merger to officially form American Airlines Group, Inc. A few days later American Airlines Group, Inc. announced a large regional jet order that included firm orders for 30 Bombardier CRJ 900 NextGen aircraft to be operated by PSA Airlines. Additionally, on February 9, 2015, American Airlines announced that it would exercise 24 of its 40 CRJ900 NextGen options and will place these aircraft with PSA- bringing PSA’s total committed aircraft to 150 CRJs.
Today, PSA Airlines’ more than 2,500 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 CRJ 200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ 700 aircraft and 36 Bombardier CRJ 900 NextGen aircraft. The airline expects to add an additional 35 Bombardier CRJ 700 aircraft and 18 Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft to its fleet, tripling its fleet size and employee base since the airline’s growth plan was announced in December 2013.