Twenty CRJ900s for PSA Airlines?
August 1 marks the deadline for PSA Airlines pilots to agree to US Airways’ conditions for placing 20 Bombardier CRJ900LRs with the wholly owned subsidiary over the course of a year, starting at the end of the first quarter of next year. During a meeting in late June with pilot union representatives, PSA president Keith Houk and other PSA and US Airways representatives presented a proposal that in effect asks PSA pilots to fly the CRJ900s at the same pay rate for which they now fly 70-seat CRJ700s. The contract, which runs until June 2009, would also contain the present "Jets for Jobs" protocol, which requires the airline to make available half of all new vacancies to furloughed US Airways pilots. On July 6 union officials met in Charlotte to discuss the offer and, as expected, the lack of a pay increase met with a near universally negative reaction.