Tuesday, December 13, 2016

PSA Airlines to open a new crew base

Fast-growing PSA Airlines Inc. plans a new crew base at an airport where its flights have grown by 400 percent.

The Dayton-based regional airline, a subsidiary of American Airlines, plans the new base at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), just south of downtown Washington, D.C., it announced Monday morning. The base will feature a new crew domicile and help create schedule efficiencies for the PSA network.

PSA now operates 55 flights a day from DCA, a number which has grown 400 percent in two years, it said in a statement, and it expects to continue to add more flights from that airport.

“This is exciting news for PSA as we grow our crew base footprint and offer new domiciles for our employees,” said Dion Flannery, president of PSA. “Today’s announcement is proof of our growth and stability and further positions PSA as the airline of choice for the best aviators in the business.”

It's not immediately clear how many jobs the project will create or what the company is investing in establishing the new base, and a company spokesperson said the location and number of crew rooms and employees will be determined in coming weeks. This will be the fifth crew base for PSA, which has other bases in Dayton, Cincinnati, Knoxville, and Charlotte.

DCA is a major hub for American Airlines and serves the Washington and Baltimore area. According to American's website, PSA handles service for a number of its destinations from there, including smaller metros like Albany, N.Y., Canton, and Allentown, Pa. PSA also manages many of American's connecting flights from DCA to Philadelphia and Charlotte, which in turn land in major domestic and international destinations.

PSA has doubled in size since December 2013 after a series of successive jet orders by its parent company, with the plan to have 150 jets in its fleet in the next two years. PSA now has 920 employees in the Dayton area and about 2,500 across all of its footprint. It now operates 700 daily flights to nearly 900 destinations.

The growth has meant a significant expansion of its infrastructure network. PSA announced a new maintenance facility this year in South Carolina and also recently opened its Cincinnati presence. In Dayton, it recently cut the ribbon on a second, $13 million maintenance hangar that doubles the number of aircraft it can house in Dayton overnight.

The growth has meant an aggressive hiring strategy for PSA seeking new pilots, flight crew and maintenance staff across all its locations.

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