Matt D
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Whatever Happened To The New Psa?

Thu Dec 02, 1999 10:43 am

Back in summer of '97, I heard rumors of PSA being resurrected. After much research, I found myself driving down to Carlsbad, CA. (about 40-50 miles north of San Diego) Sure enough, right there at Carlsbad Airport, there it was...the PSA headquarters... a rather sizeable office complex. I spent a couple of hours talking to an older gentleman (who claimed to be #3 in command of the company). We reminisced about the original PSA for quite awhile, and showed me an impressive collection of PSA paraphenalia. He also informed me that (the new)PSA was going to fly A320's on several of the old PSA's routes, starting in late '97/early '98. He even showed me a huge painting of what the A320's were going to look like, as well as the FAA application, or operating certificate, or whatever it was, as well as some preliminary brochures, and other miscellaneous odd's and ends. Obviously, here 2 1/2 years later, there are no PSA A320's flying up and down the Coast. I have never bothered to drive down to Carlsbad again. Can anyone supply any further info?
 
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RE: Whatever Happened To The New Psa?

Thu Dec 02, 1999 11:02 am

Well, a new PSA-like airline can form and fly all the routes that the old PSA did no problem. However, they can't call it PSA or Pacific Southwest Airlines. US Airways owns the rights now. PSA is a US Airways Express carrier out of Pittsburgh. (Very Pacific.   )
 
Matt D
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For Those Who Might Be Wondering...

Thu Dec 02, 1999 11:02 am

By the way, the A320 picture that I saw of the "new" PSA depicted a livery similar to the Airbus "House" colors, using the old PSA colors. If you can picture that, then you'll have a good idea of what it looked like. The fuselage was all white, with dark brown PSA billboard letters on the front 1/3rd of the fuselage (a la Pan Am), and the tail was mostly a dark brown, almost burgundy, with the same font PSA letters written diaganally(a la Airbus), accented with 2 smaller stripes of red and orange. No smile was to be painted on the nose. All the stripes ran the length of the tail, under the fuselage, and met up on the other side, for a symmetrical look.
 
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RE: Whatever Happened To The New Psa?

Thu Dec 02, 1999 11:20 am

Ahhhh, memories of PSA. My first flight was in a PSA Electra prop job. After that I flew often on their 727 "Smileliners". I also flew on one of their smaller four engine regional jets. Great airline.....their flight attendants with hot pants we're charming but those outfits would be a bit sexist for this day and age. Actually, I'm glad the times have changed for the sake and respect of all flight attendants!

US Airways took them over and destroyed the route network, attitude, and atmosphere. With that takeover, they should've been a dominate airline in San Diego, but they blew it. United, American and Delta left them in the dust.
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