PSA Airlines continues on its growth mission by accepting additional CRJ700 aircraft from Envoy, a plan that was announced by its parent company, American Airlines, in 2014. PSA plans to accept the transfer of one CRJ700 aircraft per month through the end of 2017 and will continue to bring the additional aircraft into its fleet until it has reached its commitment of 150 aircraft. Later this month, PSA will accept aircraft number 117, marking its 28th CRJ700 aircraft.
About PSA Airlines
PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 3,000 employees operate nearly 700 daily flights to nearly 90 destinations. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, PSA also has flight crew bases located in Dayton, Cincinnati, Ohio, Knoxville, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA has maintenance facilities in Dayton and Canton, Ohio and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina. PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 27 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft bringing its fleet count to 150.
PSA Airlines has signed partnership agreements with two more schools as it makes a bid to hire 1,000 people in short order.The airline announced Thursday partnerships with Purdue University, as well as Liberty University, aimed at helping their students come aboard as pilots. As the fastest-growing regional and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, PSA is on track to see both its fleet and workforce triple. The Cadet Program at PSA Airlines, allows pilots from partner schools who accept employment from PSA to receive a $16,520 signing bonus.
“Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program,” PSA said in a statement. “Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots.”
PSA Airlines, the fastest-growing wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines and Purdue Aviation have announced a partnership to “fast-track” Purdue University and Purdue Aviation flight students to become commercial airline pilots.
Through the cadet partnership, Purdue Aviation will be designated a PSA Airlines flight training academy partner. Purdue pilots accepting employment from PSA will receive a $16,520 signing bonus, the university and the airline said in a joint statement this week.
“The airline industry provides incredibly well-paying careers for individuals that are willing to take advantage of this opportunity” Scott Niswonger, chairman of Purdue Aviation, said in the statement. “The timing for this partnership is particularly good, given the challenging environment to find qualified pilots.”
PSA recently launched its RTP program and announced its partnership with Skywarrior Inc. to bring former military helicopter pilots into commercial aviation to fly its aircraft. Many military pilots have the 750 hours of flight time required for a Restricted-Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certification to pilot a commercial aircraft. But, many of these pilots are short on the requirement for 250 hours in command of a fixed wing aircraft, as well as a 25-hour requirement to fly a multi-engine aircraft.
PSA President Dion Flannery said this program would be a creative solution to help it bring in new talent as it seeks to hire another 1,000 employees, many of them pilots.