PSA's aggressive fleet
transition program highlighted 1981 as
the airline received 12 DC-9 Super 80
aircraft from McDonnell Douglas.
The new plane's
efficiencies, particularly in the area of
fuel consumption, save PSA approximately
$1.7 million per year over the aircraft
By year-end, PSA was
operating a fleet of 13 Super 80s, 15
Boeing 727-200s and three Boeing 727-100
With a major training
program accompanying the delivery of the
new aircraft, PSA opened a multi-million
dollar training complex at the Scripps
Ranch Business Park in San Diego. The
center houses the nation's first DC-9
Super 80 simulator.
A deepening recession and
flight limitations imposed by the Federal
Aviation Administration after the
national strike by the Professional Air
Traffic Controllers Organization had an
adverse affect on PSA during the year.
PSA boarded 6,077,000 passengers up 1.2
percent from 1980's figure.
Although the airline
operation lost $17 million during the
year, profitable subsidiaries plus sale
of aircraft and proceeds from safe harbor
leasing, gave PSA, Inc. a record $28.5
million net income for the year.
PSA entered three new cities
during 1981, adding Orange County in
October and Seattle and Tucson in
December. In keeping with PSA's low-fare
tradition, fares on the new markets were
lowered below competitor's rates.
This was PSA's 1981 jingle, reflecting a different time and ad theme. But, it still is filled with PSA's happiness, giving me visions of the PSAzz dance troupe dancing and can-canning on the plane (I wonder who used that imagery, though...)