PSA Takes First CRJs, Plans Service Entry Next Month
Wholly owned US Airways subsidiary PSA Airlines expects to begin its transition to an all-regional-jet fleet with the launch of service next month using new 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s. The Canadian-built jets will replace 32-seat Fairchild Dornier 328 turboprops on flights linking PSA’s Dayton, Ohio base with Ronald Reagan Washington National and New York La Guardia Airports.
PSA also expects to introduce the CRJ200 on its routes between Dayton and two of US Airways’ major hubs– Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Connecting service through Philadelphia will serve Ottawa, Canada, and Richmond, Va.; and through Pittsburgh to Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.
Part of a $4.3 billion regional jet order placed in May, the first two of a planned 60 CRJ200s arrived in Dayton late last month and began statutory proving flights. PSA expects another two airplanes this month, followed by three each month through the spring of 2005. Under US Airways’ labor agreement with its pilots, half of all new RJ positions created at PSA must go to furloughed mainline pilots.