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.
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DAYTON, Ohio, Jan. 21, 2016 – PSA Airlines is among the first regional carriers to launch an industry-leading Cadet Program to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom at top colleges, universities and flight schools to the cockpit. The program offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $16,000 in tuition reimbursement. Mentorships and internships with airline industry experts can begin as early as a Cadet’s freshman year. Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program.
“As the fastest growing regional airline in the country, it is more important than ever for PSA Airlines to attract the most promising future pilots from the most prestigious aviation institutions in the country,” said Dion Flannery, president of PSA Airlines. “This industry-leading program is not only a win for our airline, but for future participants as they now have a clear and unparalleled career path from student, to instructor, to PSA pilot and on to American Airlines.”
Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots. The Cadet Program initiative is just one other way PSA Airlines offers the most comprehensive benefits to its pilots. PSA Airlines is the fastest-growing regional airline in the country, and with fast upgrade time and a true pilot flow through agreement to American, a career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world can start with this program.
As a Cadet achieves more certifications, they become eligible for tuition reimbursement, placement at partner schools to serve as instructors so they can build their flight time, and at select partner schools, other benefits including employee travel privileges. Cadets will be placed into the FAA-required Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP) course, at no cost to them, after reaching the necessary number of flight hours. Upon successful completion of the course, they can quickly start their First Officer New Hire Class at PSA.
PSA has partnered with 13 colleges, universities and flight schools on this initiative including:
Cochise College; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott; Kent State University; Le Tourneau University; Marywood University; Ohio University; The Ohio State University; Purdue University; Triad Aviation Academy; University of Cincinnati Clermont College; University of Dubuque and Westminster College.
PSA has flight crew bases located in Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; and Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size and will grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft by the end of 2017. PSA is known for its outstanding safety and training culture. Working for PSA affords pilots a family atmosphere and the best quality of life with the most flexible pilot scheduling in the industry.
For more information on PSA’s cadet program and application requirements please visit http://www.psaairlines.com/careers/cadet-program/.
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 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 in the next two years, tripling its fleet size and employee base since the airline’s growth plan was announced in December 2013.
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.
“We believe the addition of the $5,000 sign-on bonus enhances PSA’s already industry leading benefits package, which includes fast upgrades, the most flexible scheduling capabilities in the regional business and an industry leading pilot flow program agreement where our pilots have a career path directly to American Airlines, the largest airline in the world,” said Michael Scrobola, Vice President of Flight Operations for PSA.
With 55 aircraft remaining to be delivered, PSA is the fastest growing regional airline in the United States. PSA is hiring over 1,000 pilots this year and next, with an annual need of more than 350 pilots thereafter. We believe this sign-on bonus program will enhance our ability to recruit the finest aviation professionals in the industry.
PSA Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group. Pilots Apply Here
Today, PSA Airlines reached agreement with its pilot union to dramatically improve and increase its pilot flow-through program to American Airlines. This agreement will almost double the current number of pilots flowing to American, culminating in nearly 100 pilots flowing per year. The agreement affords PSA pilots a career path directly to American through a seniority-based flow system.
“We are pleased that our pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International, have voted in favor of this improved flow agreement,” said Michael Scrobola, Vice President of Flight Operations for PSA Airlines. “This agreement provides pilots who join PSA a guaranteed career path to the world’s largest airline, American.”
Captain Jason McConnell, Master Chairman representing the pilots at PSA Airlines stated “The direct flow to American Airlines gives PSA pilots valuable career path certainty.”
PSA Airline will hire more than 1000 pilots in the next two years and continues to be the fastest growing regional airline in the United States.
PSA Airlines announced today that it will add an additional crew base, opening January 2016, at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). This will be PSA’s fourth crew base: joining Dayton, Ohio, Charlotte, North Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee.
The wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group has doubled its fleet size and employee base since the announcement of the airline’s imminent growth in December 2013. This will be their first added base since the start of this expansion.
This announcement comes on the heels of the addition of the airline’s CVG maintenance base announced in July of this year. PSA’s increasing presence in CVG will greatly benefit the airline and American Airlines Group as a whole by providing another central location within PSA’s growing network. Its close proximity to PSA headquarters in Dayton will also provide convenient synergies between the two bases.