December 12, 2013
PSA Pilots Welcome American Airlines’ Announcement of New Aircraft Order
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The PSA Airlines pilots’ Master Executive Council, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by American Airlines Inc. of an order for 30 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, with options for up to 40 more. PSA Airlines Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways, will operate the new aircraft on behalf of American, which expects to begin taking delivery of the aircraft in the second quarter of 2014.
“The pilots of PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways, welcome the news of American Airlines’ purchase of 30 CRJ900s as an important and exciting step forward for PSA. This firm order fulfills the pledge made to us in a letter of commitment our pilots ratified in September.
“When PSA pilots voted on our new contract in March, and on subsequent agreements, we had to make some difficult decisions. As a result, we preserved core provisions in our contract and improved pilots’ job security here at PSA and career progression to our mainline partner. Today’s announcement of a new aircraft order, coupled with our first scheduled seniority-based interviews at US Airways, prove that our tough decisions have borne fruit.
“While we acknowledge that the planned delivery schedule of these new aircraft is ambitious, the pilots of PSA stand ready to work with our managements to protect and improve our airline and our futures as an integral part of the new American Airlines.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest airline pilot union, representing nearly 50,000 pilots at 32 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the 530 pilots at PSA Airlines. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
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Contact: Barbara Gottshalk, ALPA Communications, 703/689-4100 or Barbara.Gottshalk@alpa.org