PSA was the first US Airline to order the Super 80, and these became the backbone of the fleet. With the purchase of the BAe-146, PSA moved these aircraft to longer routes, or where they needed the capacity.

The purchase of the MD-80 was a controversial one. The Pilot's Unions opposed the aircraft initially, and then demanded that PSA fly them with a 3-man crew. PSA refused, and many pilots were put on furlough between 1980 and 1984. The advent of the BAe-146 increased the need for pilots.

PSA was the first airline to have a MD-80 simulator, and that facility was turned over to PS Group. The simulator was well-used by pilots from most airlines, since it was the only MD-80 simulator when the aircraft was first introduced (modeled after N944PS/N820US). USAir moved the simulator back east to PIT in 1990. The disposition is currently unknown, as there are no simulators left in PIT.

Another interesting tidbit about PSA's MD-80s is that they were all equipped with HUDs. They were classified for Cat IIIB landings, although USAir removed the hardware. The -80s were all classified for Cat IIIA Autopilot landings, though.

Seating information
Passengers: 156 (delivery), 150 (final) Seat pitch: 36-37", 32 rows Seat width: 17" Non-smoking section: Rows 1-23

US Airways MD-80 aft galley (ex-PSA), photographed 12/11/01 on N827US. Notice the PSA data plates.






Super 80 brochure 1


While there have been substantial improvements in key aircraft features such as passenger comfort, technology, and environmental protection, the narrow-bodied jets of the 1960s and 1970s still will be only marginally profitable in the 1980s because of one element: Fuel.

Fuel costs, more than any other single slice of the expense pie, have climbed for every airline, and the trend is one that will not just go away with time. At PSA, for example, fuel costs account for more than one-third of every dollar spent.

Throughout the industry, airlines are disposing of fuel=guzzing jets to ensure their survival in the new, highly competitive deregulated environment. PSA is no exception.

Older, less-sophisticated aircraft are more expensive to operate and maintain. Newer, high technology equipment, although significantly more expensive to acquire, have economic advantages that result in greater productivity and lower long-term costs.

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PSA was the first airline in the United States to operate the new Super 80 jetliner, the first of the so-called "new generation" aircraft that will become available to the nation's airlines during this decade.

With 26 of the new jetliners expected to be in PSA's fleet by 1983. the Super 80 will assist PSA in providing the best possible service to its passengers, while keeping a step ahead of the competition.

What makes this jetliner so Super?

  • Technology
  • Economy
  • Comfort
  • Quietness


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From stem to stern, the Super 80's technical sophistication is akin to nothing else currently available in the airline industry. The cockpit is equipped with advanced digital computer hardware the so substantially reduces the flight crew's workload that it's like having a second "crew" on board. There's even a computer that talks to the crew.

PSA's Super 80s are also equipped with Heads Up Display (HUD) units. Used during approaches and landings, HUD projects flight guidance information on a glass plate at eye level in front of the pilot.

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HUD allows the pilot to look out the windshield during approach and landing without having to glance down at the instrument panel for flight information. When not in use, HUD is stowed out of the pilot's field of vision.

The Super 80's wings are longer and trimmer for minimal wind resistance and greater fuel efficiency, and its two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-200 series engines are a new version of those that have powered PSA's 727-200 fleet. These engines not only are quiet, they are much more fuel efficient.

s80br-5.jpg (15995 bytes)Pratt & Whitney-powered JT8D-200 series engines not only are quieter but more fuel efficient.


PSA has maintained its position as the price leader in the airline industry because it has been able to control operational costs. The Super 80 will help PSA to continue that trend.

For example, the Super 80 will burn significantly fewer gallons of jet fuel per flight hour than the Boeing 727, which have been the backbone of PSA's fleet for the past 15 years. Even at today's prices, which are destined to rise, an all-Super 80 fleet would save PSA approximately $30 million a year in fuel costs alone.

The Super 80 saves money in other areas, too. The annual savings in maintenance costs for the aircraft are estimated to be approximately $1 million per aircraft.

In terms of total operating costs, each Super 80 should save PSA about $1.7 million per year over the Boeing 727. With these cost advantages, PSA will be able to pass much of the savings on to passengers in the form of continued low air fares.

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Flt #RegistrationTypeMSNLNHistory
N947PSDC-9-82491401092PSA NTU, Douglas N1004S
CAAC B-2101 12/83
China Eastern 5/1/88-4/00
Spirit N816NK 4/21/00-9/04, WFU
N948PSDC-9-82491411093PSA NTU, Douglas N10046
CAAC B-2102 12/83
China Eastern 5/1/88
Spirit N817NK 9/15/00-2/06, WFU FLL
DC-9-8249240PSA CANX, not built
DC-9-8249241PSA CANX, not built
DC-9-8249242PSA CANX, not built
917N950PSDC-9-8148028979AirCal N476AC 06/08/1981 - 07/02/1985
LT PSA 7/3/85, straight stripe /grey titles paint
NM The Smile of Albuquerque
LT USAir 4/9/88 (rr N828US 11/87)
WFU VCV 12/11/01, BU
919N819HADC-9-8148045970Hawaiian 05/04/1981 - 04/02/1986
LT PSA 6/1/85-9/10/85
LT Frontier, Continental 11/12/86 04/02/1986
ST Continental 3/27/87, rr N13881 5/91
WFU MHV 9/22/01
920N829HADC-9-8148051975Hawaiian 06/10/1981 - 10/01/1990
LT PSA 5/26/85-9/15/85
SunJet N817SJ 08/28/1993 - 07/16/1997
Fairlines LX-FAA 10/97-11/98
Spirit N806NK 6/99, WFU FTW 9/04
922N10028DC-9-8148026973Muse Air 06/01/1981 - 12/09/1982
LT Jet America 12/9/82-3/16/83
LT Midway 09/10/1983
SLT PSA 5/18/85, BT 6/1/87
USAir N826US 4/9/88 (rr 3/88)
WFU 4/1/02, LAS 5/2/02, TUS 1/23/03, BU TUS
923N10029DC-9-8148049983Muse Air 07/02/1981 - 12/21/1982
LT Midway 9/17/83
SLT PSA, BT 6/87 05/21/1985
NM The Smile of Las Vegas
USAir, 4/9/88 (rr N827US 1/88)
WFU LAS 4/1/02, TUS 1/23/03, BU
924N924PSDC-9-8148034946PSA 11/14/1980
NM The Smile of Burbank
USAir (rr N800US 10/87) 04/09/1988
WFU LAS 4/1/02, TUS 1/25/03, BU
925N925PSDC-9-8148035955PSA 03/31/1981
NM The Smile of Eureka, San Diego
USAir (rr N803US 10/87) 04/09/1988
WFU MHV 11/8/01, BU
926N926PSDC-9-8148036963PSA 03/09/1981
NM The Smile of Los Angeles
USAir (rr N802US 3/88) 04/09/1988
WFU MHV 10/2/01, BU 5/04
927N927PSDC-9-8148037965PSA 01/01/1981
NM The Smile of Boise, San Diego
USAir (rr N801US 2/88) 04/09/1988
WFU MHV 12/4/01, no longer at MHV (possibly BU)
928N928PSDC-9-8148052974PSA 05/28/1981
NM The Smile of Washington
USAir (rr N804US 11/87) 04/09/1988
WFU MHV 10/3/01, BU
929N929PSDC-9-8148053986PSA 07/10/1981
NM The Smile of Oregon
USAir (rr N805US 10/87) 04/09/1988
WFU MHV 11/6/01, TUS 2/11/03, MIA 10/10/03
Kibris AL 3D-JET 7/05-8/05
Acvila Air 10/05-2/06, short term leases since
930N930PSDC-9-81480381002PSA 09/10/1981
NM The Smile of San Francisco
USAir (rr N806US 3/88) 04/09/1988
JPATS (rptd 12/12/01) - seen in SVC OPF 4/03
WFU TUS 12/04, ferried to BUH 1/8/05, STD
931N931PSDC-9-81480391003PSA 09/10/1981
NM The Smile of Bellingham
USAir (rr N807US 11/87) 04/09/1988
JPATS (rptd 12/12/01)
Rwandair Express 3D-MDJ 6/23/04
932N932PSDC-9-81480401006PSA 09/10/1981
NM The Smile of Seattle
USAir (rr N808US 11/87) 04/09/1988
WFU 4/1/02, BU LCQ
933N933PSDC-9-81480411008PSA 09/28/1981
USAir 4/9/88 (rr N809US 10/87)
WFU LCQ 10/6/01, MHV 1/05, BU
934N934PSDC-9-81480421009PSA 09/01/1981
NM The Smile of San Jose
USAir (rr N810US 10/87) 04/09/1988
WFU PIT 10/6/01, TUS 4/03, BU
935N935PSDC-9-81480431010PSA 10/08/1981
NM The Smile of Portland
USAir (rr N811US 10/87) 04/09/1988
WFU, LAS 4/9/02, MHV 10/02, TUS 1/21/03, BU
936N936PSDC-9-81480921034PSA (straight stripes 1985) 12/17/1981
USAir, 4/9/88 (rr N812US 2/88)
WFU, LAS 4/9/02, TUS 1/21/03, MEX 10/16/03
WFU TUS 9/20/04, reg cxld 2/11/09
937N937PSDC-9-81480931049PSA 03/22/1982
NM The Smile of Tucson
USAir (rr N813US 10/87), WFU PIT 04/09/1988 - 09/24/2001
Air Bosnia 6/02-10/19/03 T9-AAC
Arnoro 6/6/04-7/05
Air Max Africa 7/05
938N938PSDC-9-81480941053PSA 04/07/1982
NM The Smile of New Mexico
USAir (rr N814US 1/88) 04/09/1988 - 07/01/2001
Vanguard Airlines, 8/31/01
WFU ROW 10/28/02, BU
939N939PSDC-9-81480991067PSA 06/17/1982
NM The Smile of Spokane
USAir (rr N819US 10/87) 04/09/1988
WFU 4/1/02, LAS 5/2/02, TUS 1/22/03-11/19/03
Sosoliso AL 5N-BGL 12/17/03-12/07, WFU 2005-06
Jetran LLC 12/07, BU SAT 1/09
940N940PSDC-9-82480951055PSA 04/23/1982
NM The Smile of Sacramento
USAir 4/9/88 (rr N815US 11/87) 04/09/1988
WFU PIT 12/1/01, to NAS 12/02
Air Adriatic 9A-CBD 5/03-12/05, LT MyAir 8/05
Belle Air ZA-ARB 12/05-7/07, Aurora Air S5-ACC 7/07-1/14/09
941N941PSDC-9-82480961057PSA 05/20/1982
USAir 4/9/88 (rr N816US 3/88)
WFU MHV 3/6/02, TUS 2/13/03-6/19/04
MNG Airlines TC-MNT 7/04-6/04
Tarhan Tower AL TC-TTA 6/06-11/08
942N942PSDC-9-82480971059PSA 05/20/1982
NM The Smile of Tacoma
USAir (rr N817US 9/87) 04/09/1988
WFU MHV 2/4/02, TUS 3/12/03-4/24/04
MNG Airlines TC-MNR 7/04-7/06
Jetran Intl AL YR-MDR 7/06-6/09
Nouvelle Air Ivoire 6/09
943N943PSDC-9-82480981060PSA 05/27/1982
NM The Smile of San Diego
USAir (rr N818US 10/87) 04/09/1988
WFU MHV 11/6/01, TUS 4/1/03, YWG 9/24/03
MNG Airlines TC-MNS 7/04-7/06
Jetran Intl AL YR-MDS 7/06-5/09
Nouvelle Air Ivoire 5/09
944N944PSDC-9-82491191070PSA 07/15/1982
NM The Smile of Arizona, PSA
USAir (rr N820US 1/88) 04/09/1988
WFU 12/1/01, FLL 12/18/01, MHV 3/02, HOU 11/02
Kyrgyz Air 3D-ABV 2/12/03, Cyprus Turkish 11/03
Acvila Air 5/6/04, Rwandair Express 5/18/04
Atlantic Express AL 3/05, Fly AL YR-MDM 5/06
STD as YR-OTN 12/08
945N945PSDC-9-82491381090PSA 04/26/1983
NM The Smile of San Francisco
USAir (rr N821US 3/88) 04/09/1988
WFU MHV 3/20/02, TUS 1/25/03-6/27/03
MNG AL TC-MNO 2/27/04-4/06, Corendon AL 4-5/06
Best Air TC-TUA 5/06-, LT Mahan Air 2/08-8/09
946N946PSDC-9-82491391091PSA 05/12/1983
NM The Smile of San Jose
USAir (rr N822US 3/88) 04/09/1988
WFU 10/6/01, LAS 4/10/02, GLA 12/02
US Marshals 9/25/03, WFU GYR 12/04, TUS, MHV 5/05
Jet Tran Air Stage 4 demo, 3/06-6/06
Jetran Intl AL YR-MDK 7/28/06-, LT Nouvelle Air 5/09-8/09
947N947PSDC-9-82491421094PSA (DLV as N1005G) 10/17/1983
NM The Smile of Phoenix
USAir (rr N823US 12/87) 04/09/1988
WFU 4/1/02, LAS 5/2/02, TUS 1/22/03-6/22/03
MNG AL TC-MNP 6/3/04-9/05, BU IST
948N948PSDC-9-82491431095PSA (DLV as N1005J) 11/30/1983
NM The Smile of Nevada
USAir(rr N824US 2/88) 04/09/1988
WFU PIT 9/22/01
Air Adriatic 9A-CBC 1/02-9/07, LT Wind Jet 5-8/05
Aurora AL S5-ACD 9/14/07-2/09, STD IST
949N949PSDC-9-82492371144PSA 06/30/1984
NM The Smile of San Jose
USAir (rr N825US 2/88) 04/09/1988
WFU MHV 2/7/02, MZJ 10/23/02
West Carribean AL HK-4305X 10/30/03, HK-4305 7/04
WFU 8/16/05, airline grounded
951N951PSDC-9-82494291242PSA 04/25/1986
NM The Smile of Long Beach
USAir (rr N829US 3/88) 04/09/1988
WFU, MHV 4/22/02-9/16/03
Lion Air PK-LMU 9/24/03-5/26/05
Wings Abadi AL 5/26/05-
952N952PSDC-9-82494431291PSA 07/28/1986
NM The Smile of California
USAir (rr N830US 2/88) 04/09/1988
WFU, MHV 4/26/02
Lion Air PK-LMW 10/24/03
DMGD 3/4/06 Surabaya, may be DBR