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Bombardier Delivers First Enhanced CRJ900 NextGen Regional Jet to American Airlines

Bombardier Delivers First Enhanced CRJ900 NextGen Regional Jet to American Airlines

(See Photos of the Delivery Ceremony and video)

– 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.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only 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 World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Notes to editors

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Marc Duchesne

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft


PSA Celebrates the Reception of 1st CRJ900!

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PSA employees, members of the Dayton community, and Bombardier Aerospace personnel celebrated the reception of our first CRJ900 Wednesday, May 21st at the DAY hangar. Attendees were all given the chance to walk through the new aircraft, hear about our future from our president and community leaders, and for some, take a short flight!

Seeing the promise of new jets come to fruition was the most exciting aspect for many of our employees. Touring the aircraft and learning about the American cabin design colors and materials, cabin elements such as large overhead bins, leather seating, and inflight Wi-Fi, and testing out the larger leg room for main cabin extra passengers were some of the highlights of the day. Not to mention that new aircraft smell!

We look forward to feeling the same excitement upon receiving each of our 30 new aircraft but yesterday’s celebration really made our growth feel real! Thank you to everyone that celebrated with us in Dayton and elsewhere!

Enter to Win A Trip to PSA’s 1st CRJ 900 Delivery Ceremony

Enter to Win A Trip to PSA’s 1st CRJ 900 Delivery Ceremony

And Tour the Bombardier Factory in Mirabel, Canada on June 5th!

All active employees* with valid passports are eligible to win a flight to Mirabel, Canada where you will tour the Bombardier factory, be a part of PSA’s CRJ900 Delivery Ceremony, and fly back the same afternoon.

*All winners’ schedules will need to be cleared by the employee. The flight to Mirabel will leave DAY approximately 7:15 a.m. the morning of the 5th, returning approximately 4PM. Please plan accordingly.

To Enter, click the +1 in the contest box below for each entry. Employees can enter by visiting our website, liking the PSA Facebook page, and/or reviewing PSA’s Facebook page, for a maximum of 3 entries per employee.

Winners will be announced on May 28th!

Good luck!

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A Day in Charlotte

There is always some fun happening in Charlotte! Be sure to check out our Facebook album of A Day in CLT!

So much of what makes up PSA as an airline stems from our operations in CLT. From caring managers and integral crew resources, to our amazing front-line employees themselves, a Day in CLT is one of the best ways to get a feel for what makes PSA, PSA.

First on our trip to Charlotte, we got to see one of our newer Flight Attendants, Nicole Miller , on her first 700 flight! Fellow Flight Attendant Loveisha Ortiz and Nicole both did a great job! We made sure to get a picture with the whole crew: Captain David Henderson, First Officer Charles Bault and Flight Attendants Loveisha Ortiz and Nicole Miller. They made our bright and early flight from DAY wonderful!

Next we had the honor of presenting an exceptional Flight Attendant, April Sims, with her $10,000 Above & Beyond prize! April spoke modestly about the love she has for her job and her motto to “treat every passenger like they’re First Class.” April also told us of her plans to put her prize towards buying a house. Best wishes, April! You deserve it!

We got to spend the rest of our visit with some of our Charlotte-based management. First, speaking with Chief Pilot Shaun Schaney and Assistant Chief Pilot George Reazer about their daily duties for PSA was a whirlwind! These two handle everything from daily operations and constant interdepartmental communications, to assistance with recruiting and helping resolve crew member issues. It also happened to be Assistant Chief Pilot George Reazer’s birthday. His commitment to our airline every day warranted him quite the celebration; We hope you had a great birthday, George!

We also got to see Recruiter Alycia Garrison at work as well as Inflight Assistant Manager Cindy Phillips and Human Resources Assistant Amy Portis. Speaking with Inflight Assistant Manager Cindy Phillips quickly brings to light what a true ambassador for the Inflight Department she is! Her strength lies in her approachable personality and her experience as a Flight Attendant. As someone that has walked in their shoes, Cindy is a great champion and mentor for all Flight Attendants! Similarly, Human Resources Assistant Amy Portis’ favorite of her long list of duties is her engagement with employees and her ability to help resolve their problems. Her assistance with a wide range of issues help keep our crew members able to do their jobs!

As with all of PSA’s hard working employees, it was great to see the dedication of each of these individuals on our trip to Charlotte. Make sure to see all of their smiling faces here!