PSA ended 1985 with the
largest single day expansion in the
airline's history, inaugurating service
December 19 at Eureka, California;
Medford and Eugene, Oregon; Tri-Cities
and Yakima, Washington; Boise, Idaho; and
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico.
In October, PSA also became the first
commerical jet carrier to begin service
at Bellingham, Washington.
The expansion was possible
with the addition in 1985 of 14 BAe 146s,
completing the original order of 20.
Fleet additions, including two Super 80s,
also allowed PSA to substantially boost
frequencies in existing markets. Most
notably, the airline introduced the PSA
Expressway, offering departures every
half-hour between Los Angeles and San
Francisco International airports, and
more than tripled the number of daily PSA
departures at Orange County Airport,
where the exceptionally quite BAe 146 had
qualified for additional flights. To
accommodate the growth, service to
Albuquerque was temporarily discontinued.
A number of consumer
conveniences debuted in the year. All of
PSA BAe 146s were reconfigured from 100
seats per aircraft to 85, making PSA the
only airline in the West with a three/two
seating arrangement for its entire fleet.
The long awaited, premier position
Terminal A at San Francisco International
Airport also was opened, as was a new
curbside terminal at Oakland. A second
reservations center, located in Reno, was
opened to help reduce costs and
A record number of
passengers were boarded by PSA in
1985-more than 9 million-but fare wars
provoked by new entrant, low cost
competitors in several markets led to a
$648,000 loss posted by the airline for
the year. PSA, Inc., meanwhile, benefited
from non airline activities and recorded
a $28.8 million profit.
Russell L. Ray, Jr was named
president and chief operating officer of
the airline in August. Paul Barkley was
named chairman of the board of the
airline and remained as president and
chief executive officer of PSA, Inc. J.P.
Guerin was named chairman of the board of
the holding company.