On Friday, January 29, 2021, a day after PSA Airlines grounded its fleet forcing them to rebook passengers on flights with other airlines, the company began regularly scheduled service again. The grounding forced the cancellation of around 200 flights. The company spokesperson with American Airlines said there was no incident preceding the grounding and that the inspections were not overdue. The spokesperson also said the occurrence was not related to the outsourcing of their maintenance to a third part provider last year. Some have speculated that it was necessary due to a switch in maintenance tracking software. The inspections being conducted revolved around the nose gear doors.
PSA Airlines has essentially grounded its fleet. A tweet from the airlines Thursday, January 28, 2021 states: “Most of our aircraft have been removed from service to complete a standard inspection. We’re working to resolve the issue and sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.” This is a developing story.
American Airlines released the following statement: “Out of an abundance of caution, PSA Airlines has temporarily removed most of its aircraft from service in order to complete a necessary, standard inspection on the nose gear door. We are working with PSA and the FAA to immediately address the issue. We are working with our customers to arrange new accommodations on other flights and we are working to return the impacted aircraft to service.”