PSA announces hiring for new CRJ900s

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American Airlines Group-subsidiary PSA Airlines will hire at least 1,100 new employees for the 30 Bombardier CRJ900s that it will begin adding in the second quarter of 2014.

The Dayton, Ohio-based regional carrier will initially hire 400 pilots, 400 flight attendants, 100 maintenance and an about 300 additional support personnel for the new aircraft, it says in a statement. It could hire 900 more new employees in the future.

The news comes less than a day after Fort Worth, Texas-based American announced a firm order for 30 CRJ900s with 40 options, of which at least 30 will be operated by PSA. The aircraft will be configured with 76 seats and operate under the American Eagle brand.

“We are very excited about this growth opportunity which will bring new employment to the Dayton area which has supported us for the past twenty-five years,” says Keith Houk, president of PSA, in a statement.

The new employees will be based at either the airline's Charlotte, Dayton or Knoxville crew bases, its Akron, Charlotte or Dayton maintenance bases or at new bases that will be disclosed at a later date, it says.

PSA’s pilots ratified an amendment to their contract that includes a new lower pay scale for CRJ900 and E-175 sized aircraft in September. The offer was initially made to American Eagle Airlines, whose pilots union rejected the proposed lower pay scale.

The carrier operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 and 14 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft as US Airways Express, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows.

American also announced a firm order for 60 Embraer 175 as well as 90 options on 12 December.