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MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Feb 12, 2016) - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Bombardier Services Corporation and PSA Airlines, Inc. (PSA Airlines) of Vandalia, Ohio have signed a heavy maintenance agreement that extends the current agreement between the parties by two years. Under this contract, all heavy maintenance tasks for the airline's fleet of CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft will be performed at Bombardier's West Virginia Air Center.
Earlier today, PSA Airlines welcomed its 100th CRJ Series aircraft -- a CRJ900 regional jet, delivered during a ceremony held at the Bombardier facility in Mirabel, Québec. The aircraft will be operated for American Airlines, under the American Eagle regional brand.
"Bombardier's CRJ Series aircraft are an essential part of PSA Airlines' growth, as we become one of the largest regional service providers for American Airlines," said Kevin Reinhalter, Vice President Maintenance and Engineering, PSA Airlines. "As the manufacturer of the aircraft, Bombardier's expertise in maintaining our all-CRJ regional jet fleet helps us deliver on our commitment to transport satisfied customers to their destinations safely and on time."
"Bombardier prides itself in offering world-class maintenance services and has long been the service provider of choice for many airlines," said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "We are pleased to have PSA Airlines' vote of confidence as it extends its maintenance agreement for another two years."
About CRJ Series aircraft
Every 10 seconds a CRJ Series regional jet takes off somewhere in the world. The CRJ Series family of aircraft has transported more than 1.64 billion passengers to become the world's most successful regional jet program -- linking people and communities like no other. The CRJ Series regional jets have revolutionized aviation with their proven efficiency, reliability and profitability.
The CRJ Series regional jets share commonality benefits that provide flexibility to operators and allow them to optimize their fleets to meet specific market demands. No other regional aircraft deliver this capability. Optimized for medium-haul regional routes, these aircraft can provide up to 10 per cent cash operating cost advantage over competing jets.
Each of the CRJ aircraft models offers its own distinct advantages. The CRJ200 regional jet offers outstanding ownership cost, ideal for opening new routes and markets. The CRJ700 regional jet is the lightest aircraft in its category, delivering impressive efficiency, performance and fuel burn savings, while the CRJ900 regional jet offers tremendous flexibility and is ideally suited for growing markets. The CRJ1000 regional jet, which has the highest passenger capacity in the family, delivers the lowest seat-mile cost in the regional jet market and burns up to 13 per cent less fuel than its competitors.
Since its launch, the CRJ Series family of regional jets has stimulated the regional jet market. In North America alone, it accounts for over 20 per cent of all jet departures. Globally, the family operates more than 200,000 flights per month.
The CRJ Series aircraft family includes over 100 owners and operators in approximately 40 countries. The worldwide fleet has logged over 43.5 million flight hours.
Bombardier has booked a total of 1,883 firm orders for CRJ Series aircraft.
About Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's Customer Services Network
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's customer services team is available 24/7/365 to offer immediate assistance to operators of CRJ Series regional jets and Q Series turboprops. Our worldwide network includes Customer Response Centres located in Montréal and Toronto, Canada, as well as 22 Regional Support Offices and Parts Facilities. Three Bombardier-owned and operated Service Centres in the U.S. provide heavy maintenance, drop-in maintenance, as well as structural repair and overhaul of airframes and components. Some 10 strategically located Authorized Service Facilities provide valued support to keep our customers flying competitively. The network is augmented by regionally-based mobile teams.
Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.
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