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PSA Airlines and Bombardier Meet for Acceptance and Delivery Kickoff

A CRJ-900 Program Review Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 29th at the PSA Airlines Corporate Headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. Management staff from PSA met with a team from Bombardier to commence the planning process for the acceptance, delivery and entry into service of the first of 30 CRJ-900 “NextGen” aircraft. These new aircraft are slated to begin operation in July of this year.

On the agenda for this meeting were topics covering aircraft configuration, special features, technical specifications, acceptance and delivery process, as well as a briefing on all available support services provided by Bombardier. PSA also received detailed information regarding the cabin layout, interior furnishings and colors, seat types, exterior paint details, and delivery dates.

The meeting was a great success for all attendees and was fruitful in progressing the planning and management of PSA’s aircraft acceptance and delivery project. The kickoff meeting also presented the opportunity for essential personal interaction between key PSA staff and Bombardier’s customer service personnel

To view the photograph collage from the meeting, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PSAairlines

PSA Employees Go Above & Beyond

Our employees at PSA really know what it’s like to go Above & Beyond when it comes to satisfying our customers. This is why we, along with US Airways and now, American Airlines Group Inc., take pride in recognizing these frontline employees each quarter.

US Airways’ Above & Beyond program and American Airlines’ Applause program have joined together to form one rewards program that allows both frequent flyers and employee leaders to identify customer-facing employees that have done an exceptional job caring for our customers.

2013’s PSA employee nominations for the A&B awards, as well as general customer compliments, show growth from already-impressive 2012 numbers. Other various categories help us internally recognize great targets met by our crew each year such as Flight Attendant perfect attendance (Tracy Krueger, Patrick O’Conner, Lisa Ridgeway, Liz Sagraves, Jason Spann, Ken Todd, Sonia Turner, and Sandra Wilson), Flight Attendant of the Year Award (Kim Williams) awarded by fellow flight attendants, and flight attendants recognized by the Safety department for providing outstanding safety service (Becky Black, Roger Dunn, Diane Lyons, Adam Jones, Lisa Ponce-Mieles, and Michelle Spangler).

Take a look below for some impressive statistics and PSA employees that spent 2013 going Above & Beyond.

2012 2013
Above & Beyond Nominations 874 1175

The following employees are monetary winners in the Above & Beyond program for the 4th quarter of 2014 and the employees with the most nominations in 2013. Congratulations!  

4th quarter 2014 Winners
Brenda Poe, FA
Susan Bosscawen, FA
Scott Brooks, Pilot-CA
Floyd Dingman, FA
Tiffany Barriner, FA
Melanie Champagne, FA
Octavis Covington Jr., FA
Deborah Drinnon, FA
Patricia Fisher, FA
Michael Jenson, Pilot-CA
Carly Suggs, FA
Most Nominated Employees in 2013
Gwen Terry 45
Patrick O’Conner 24
Robin Northrup 23
Darlene Lowman 22
Kimberly Robeson 22
Brittnie Simmons 20
Loveisha Ortiz 19
Pat Fisher 18
Joanne Dinkelacker 17
Kathy Stinnett 17

Congratulations to all of these employees and all of our employees that went Above & Beyond this year.

Please make sure to check our Facebook page for updates to the Above & Beyond Album!

PSA to Ramp Up Hiring in 2014

After the December 12th announcement by American Airlines Group, Inc., PSA Airlines is ramping up hiring in order to fill large training classes of first officers, captain upgrades, and flight attendants to prepare for the delivery of 30 Bombardier CRJ 900 NextGen aircraft.

2014 will be a year of accelerated hiring in order to fill the need for these crewmembers, maintenance technicians, and other aviation professionals. January 2014 has already seen pilot classes of 24 every two weeks and similarly large flight attendant classes every 2 weeks.

Anticipated quick upgrade times are coming to fruition as current PSA first officers are being pulled from the line for captain upgrade classes every couple of weeks. Along with a quicker upgrade to captain, a rapid path to line holder is in store for pilots coming aboard at PSA during this time of growth. PSA pilots are making the jump to mainline at a current rate of 4 pilots a month.

This rate of hiring will continue throughout 2014 and 2015- as the CRJ NextGens come into service. Four hundred additional pilots will be required in order to account for the additional aircraft as well as vacancies from upgrades.  Pilot recruitment is aided, not only by the obvious career growth opportunity, but benefits such as paid training and low reservation time.

Interested parties can find out more about these positions at http://www.psaairlines.com/careers/ and apply therein.

Happy New Year from PSA

Happy New Year, everyone! Each New Year is an opportunity to reflect on the past year as well as hope for the new one. We hope each of you have had a year of love, learning, and adventure!

For PSA, this year has been full of great celebrations, pride in community involvement, commemorating lost loved ones, and above all, hard work. This year could not have been as remarkable without the dedication we see everyday from all of our employees.

If 2013 was one for the books, 2014 is sure to be a show stealer for PSA. With the announcement of the new American’s large jet order, our year will be focused on the preparation and inclusion of the additional CRJ 900 NextGen aircraft to our fleet. The first deliveries will occur at the end of 2014’s second quarter at an initial rate of two aircraft per month. Part of this preparation will include the recruitment of nearly 1000 additional employees to PSA. Hiring will focus heavily on pilots, flight attendants, and maintenance technicians, along with internal advancement. You can help in this feat by referring a qualified friend and receiving a cash bonus through our referral program! Find details on the employee page.

Communication is key during this time of change and transition. Make sure to continuously check your email for instruction and news from your directors while also visiting our newer channels such as PSA’s Facebook page, Twitter, and blog. Newsletters and our blog on the new website are always available to you and we ask that you visit our social networks from home. You may be surprised at what you find or maybe even win! There is still a chance for you to win one of fifteen model CRJ 900 NextGen by clicking here and following instructions!

Have questions? Our social pages as well as email support at aircraftquestions@psaairlines.net are tools for you to interact with us and get your questions answered.

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

American Airlines Announces Large Regional Jet Purchase

New Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen and Embraer E175 Aircraft Will Replace Smaller, Less Efficient Regional Jets

FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., announced today that it has signed agreements with Bombardier Inc. and Embraer S.A. to purchase 90 new 76-seat regional jets. Consistent with American’s Plan of Reorganization and Merger Agreement, these aircraft will provide much improved economics for the airline as they will replace smaller, less efficient 50-seat regional aircraft scheduled for retirement.

“It’s been an exciting week for American Airlines,” said Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice president – Regional Carriers. “Now that we’ve closed our merger with US Airways, we can deliver a top-tier regional product that offers a First Class cabin, Main Cabin Extra and in-flight Wi-Fi – important elements of an improved flying experience for our customers. These new regional jets are also a big win for our employees at our regional subsidiary, and will greatly improve economic efficiencies by lowering operating costs.”

American has firm orders for 30 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, with options for up to 40 more. The CRJ900s will have 12 First Class, 32 Main Cabin Extra and 32 Main Cabin seats, and the firm order of CRJ900 aircraft will be operated on behalf of American by PSA Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways. American expects to begin taking delivery of the CRJ900s in the second quarter of 2014.

“We are looking forward to welcoming these new planes into the fleet next year,” continued Hashimoto. “PSA’s strong economics makes it a perfect fit for the
new aircraft.”

“On behalf of Bombardier, I congratulate longtime customers American Airlines and US Airways on their merger, and I am delighted that the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft was selected for their current and future fleet requirements.” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Bombardier’s ongoing enhancements to the CRJ aircraft program are resulting in operational flexibility along with significant operating cost savings – up to 5 per cent lower fuel burn compared to announced competitive, in-production jets in the same seat class, a reduced environmental impact that promotes sustainable aviation, as well as outstanding cabin amenities for passengers – all core priorities for today’s competitive airlines.”

American also has firm orders for 60 Embraer E175 type aircraft with options for up to 90 more. They will feature 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra and 44 Main Cabin seats, and American expects to begin taking delivery in the first quarter of 2015. The company will determine which regional carrier will fly the E175s at a later date. Both the CRJ900 and the E175 will fly in the American Eagle livery.

“We are delighted with this remarkable order from American Airlines, one of the most respected and renowned airlines worldwide. American achieved impressive results with the ERJ145 aircraft family, and we are sure that will continue with the E175, the most fuel efficient, cost effective, and passenger friendly 76-seater in the market today – which makes the E175 the clear choice of North American airlines, and proven with hundreds of orders this year,,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Embraer is honored to provide the new American with the E175, and it is committed to supporting the development of the new airline, to which we wish great success.”

Both the CRJ900 and the E175 are powered by General Electric CF34-8 engines. “GE Aviation has enjoyed a strong relationship with American Airlines and US Airways. We are thrilled to be part of the fleet renewal program underway following the merger,” said Allen Paxson, general manager of the Regional Engines and Services at GE Aviation.

For more information on American’s fleet renewal efforts, visit aa.com/newplanes.

 

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. 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. American’s 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 981 destinations with 14,244 daily flights to 151 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways and on Facebook.com/USAirways.

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