Dayton’s PSA Airlines to take 15 new aircraft

American Airlines will take delivery of 15 new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft and has selected PSA Airlines to operate those aircraft under the American Eagle brand, PSA announced.

PSA will take the aircraft starting next April, with plans for all aircraft to be received by early 2020. American and Bombardier’s agreement includes a “firm order” for 15 CRJ900 plus an additional 15 options, PSA said.

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“This new aircraft placement underscores American’s continued confidence in our PSA team members to provide friendly, reliable and cost-effective regional services for their customers,” Dion Flannery, PSA Airlines president, said in the company’s announcement.

Some smaller single-class American Eagle regional jets will be retired, the airline said. However, the airline said it expects “modest fleet growth” in 2019 as a greater percentage of American’s regional flying will be operated by their wholly-owned carriers.

The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is a 76-seat jet with two-class configuration with 12 first-class seats, all-leather seating and in-flight WiFi, and other features.

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With the new aircraft, PSA will operate nearly 70 CRJ900s, or about half of the airline’s fleet.

Based at Dayton International Airport, PSA has 3,800 employees operating more than 800 daily flights to more than 90 destinations.

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