American Airlines’ subsidiary PSA Airlines is to establish a maintenance facility at Pensacola International Airport (PNS) in the US.

The new base is PSA’s eighth facility and will help the airline support maintenance and reliability of its growing fleet.

The facility joins other maintenance centres that include Dayton International Airport (DAY), Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV).

PSA Airlines maintenance and engineering vice-president Gary Pratt said: “The addition of PNS will enhance PSA’s reliability, provide much-needed flexibility in meeting our maintenance programme requirements, and ensure we meet our planned capture rate as we continue to grow.”

“The addition of PNS will ensure we meet our planned capture rate as we continue to grow.”

PSA will deploy a team of 30-35 staff to include mechanics, leads, inspectors, and warehouse personnel.

The airport is understood to be a suitable location for PSA to manage a terminal operation and has been identified as a sustainable location for workforces.

The facility is expected to become operational by October.

PSA operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company operates more than 800 daily flights to approximately 100 destinations.

It also has flight crew bases in Cincinnati, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; Washington, DC; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

PSA flies 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft and 39 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, in addition to 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline is planning to add more aircraft, bringing its fleet total to 150.