American Airlines Inc. has selected its PSA Airlines subsidiary to operate 24 more new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets for the American Eagle network, to add to 77 Bombardier CRJ Series regional jets which PSA already has in service.
The aircraft assignment to PSA Airlines follows American Airlines exercising 24 of its 40 options for Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen jets on December 30, 2014.
American Airlines originally acquired the options as part of a large regional jet order, involving Embraer 175 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, which it announced in December 2013.
PSA will induct the 24 additional CRJ900 NextGen regional jets beginning in November and will have received all 24 CRJ900 NextGens by August 2016.
Each of the 76-seat jets will be fitted with a two-class cabin configuration with 12 First Class, 36 Main Cabin Extra and 28 Main Cabin seats.
Since 2013, PSA has experienced significant fleet and job growth, according to parent company American Airlines Inc. During this time the carrier, which operates an all-Bombardier fleet, has announced the addition of the latest batch of 24 CRJ900 NextGens, 30 previously announced CRJ900 NextGens and 47 CRJ700s.
PSA’s fleet growth has resulted in it hiring more than 700 new employees in the past year. The company’s 1,900 employees currently operate nearly 400 daily flights to more than 80 destinations.
Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, PSA has flight crew bases located in Dayton, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Charlotte in North Carolina. PSA also operates maintenance facilities in Dayton and Akron/Canton, Ohio, as well at Charlotte.