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The following employees were recognized May 6th, 2014 at the annual President’s Award Luncheon for their exemplary performance and commitment to PSA’s growth in 2013. Each of these employees were paramount in the success of our airline last year.
Flight Attendant Julie Gallion is recognized as an outstanding mentor and team player, invaluable to PSA through her service as an Inflight recruiter, Check Flight Attendant, and liaison between Inflight Management and other FA’s.
Captain Justin Chase‘s hard work through contract negotiations, voting periods, and leadership of the pilot group was essential in the success of our airline in 2013.
With changes to industry-wide pilot training requirements and our accelerated hiring, Training Coordinator Dixie Montgomery‘s workload has doubled during PSA’s growth. With over 10 years at PSA, her constant hard work is impossible to miss.
A&P Mechanics Joel Seekins and Jesse Robbins are true team players and PSA is proud to have these talented, committed employees. Their efforts in huge projects such as the building of the cabin trainer and the transfer of offsite storage have been monument in PSA’s growth this last year.
Recruiter Kacey Collinsworth approaches her duties as PSA Recruiter with honesty, integrity, and diligence. Her hard work and dedication in filling pilot new hire classes every 2 weeks has been essential in keeping PSA growth moving forward.
Please join us in congratulating these employees!
View the Facebook album of this event at on.fb.me/1im16jz .
DAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines, Inc. today announced the company’s president and chief executive officer Keith Houk, after more than 25 years of outstanding service, has elected to retire from his current role. Succeeding Houk will be Dion Flannery, most recently president of US Airways Express.
Flannery’s appointment as president of PSA will be effective Aug. 31, 2014. After Aug. 31, Houk has agreed to continue to advise Flannery and the company on strategic matters through the end of 2014.
“Keith has played a tremendous role in the successes of PSA during his nine years leading the company,” said Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice president – regional carriers for American Airlines. “American and PSA owe Keith our gratitude for his service. Dion is a well-qualified and experienced successor to continue the growth of the high-quality and cost-effective operation Keith has established at PSA.”
“My time at PSA has been the highlight of my more than 40-year career in aviation and I will certainly miss the daily interaction with everyone at this fine company when I retire,” said Keith Houk. “With Dion’s strong leadership and knowledge of our business and the PSA’s team’s ability to run a top-notch regional airline, I know I will be leaving the company in capable hands to grow PSA well into the future.”
As president of US Airways Express, the regional network serving the legacy US Airways network, Flannery led initiatives designed to enhance coordination, efficiency and customer service levels across the Express partner operations. The US Airways Express network included more than 275 aircraft flown by eight regional carriers including PSA. His previous senior leadership experience includes serving as vice president – financial analysis for US Airways; vice president – scheduling and route planning at America West Airlines and senior director – long-range schedule planning at Continental Airlines. Dion holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Texas-Austin and Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance from the University of Houston.
PSA Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL). The company currently operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 and 14 CRJ700 aircraft under the US Airways Express brand and livery. In June 2014, PSA will begin taking delivery of 30 new CRJ900 NextGen aircraft that it was awarded to fly by American Airlines in late 2013. These new CRJ900s will allow PSA to provide a new standard of comfort for passengers, while lowering the company’s operating costs with this modern and fuel-efficient 76-seat aircraft. Eventually, all PSA aircraft will fly under the American Eagle brand and livery as US Airways and American Airlines work to combine their networks following their December 2013 merger.
About PSA Airlines, Inc.
PSA Airlines, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) operating an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier (CRJ) aircraft. The company’s 1,500 employees and 49 aircraft serve more than 65 destinations in over 20 states. Headquartered at the Dayton International Airport (DAY) in Ohio, PSA also has flight crew bases located in Knoxville, Tenn. and Charlotte, N.C. and maintains maintenance facilities in Dayton and Canton, Ohio, as well as a line maintenance base in Charlotte, N.C. PSA currently operates 35 CRJ200s and 14 CRJ700s aircraft under the US Airways Express brand and livery. In June 2014, PSA will begin taking delivery of 30 new CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines, US Airways and three regional airlines PSA, Envoy and Piedmont. Together with American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn and redeem miles for travel and everyday purchases as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. 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. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and atFacebook.com/AmericanAirlines, and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways and at Facebook.com/USAirways.
Last week PSA Maintenance personnel visited the Bombardier facility north of Montreal, Canada to inspect the first of PSA’s upcoming 30 aircraft, due to begin delivery this summer. The first CRJ900 NextGen underwent stages one and two of inspection which included examination of the wings and fuselage. The aircraft was also inspected for defects such as skin flaws, improper riveting, and tool marks. Each aircraft will undergo a total of five stages of inspection plus a final delivery stage.
PSA Maintenance personnel met with Quality Assurance and Maintenance employees from Bombardier to perform the assessment. The inspection uncovered minimal discrepancies, defects, or anomalies, prompting no major necessary changes. This first aircraft, according to current projections, will undergo its next inspection toward the end of March. This inspection will include landing gear fits and clearances as well as flight control checks and clearances. The tentative delivery date for this aircraft is June 2nd.
The second of PSA’s upcoming aircraft has already begun production and will be ready for its own stage one and two inspections by April 1st. At the current rate of production, PSA will take delivery of all 30 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft by June 2015.
On Monday, March 3rd President Keith Houk and Vice President of Flight Operations Michael Scrobola met with newly hired first officers, flight attendants and veteran pilots in Captain upgrade training for an impromptu briefing on March operations and the plan for operating 30 brand new CRJ 900s beginning this summer.
One topic of discussion was this year’s unprecedented winter weather and the resulting consequences on operating performance and pilot training. President Houk said the impact of this year’s relentless winter weather disrupted more flights than the period following September 11th. He addressed the challenges PSA faces with recruiting and training the required number of pilots needed to support growth. He assured the audience that the management team is focused to ensure processes are managed and efficiencies are gained to minimize breaks in the training cycle.
One message that resonated throughout Mr. Houk and Mr. Scrobola’s visit was the significant role current trainees play in the growth of the airline. Each newly hired employee is valued and will contribute to PSA’s mission of operating a safe, reliable and customer-oriented airline while preparing for a smooth integration of future aircraft deliveries.
The Mark Zweidinger Professional Learning Center accommodates the training of 100+ trainees, and for the next 18 months will continually cycle through new hire trainees every month. Apart from new hire training at the Learning Center, PSA has acquired the use of two full flight simulators from Flight Safety International to support pilot training requirements.
While growth can be challenging and a learning curve, PSA is focused on acquiring, maintaining, and utilizing the necessary resources to sustain a reliable and safe airline.
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