America West Announces More Nonstop Transcontinental Flights

America West Airlines announced today that it is increasing nonstop
service on its transcontinental routes between Los Angeles International
Airport (LAX) and Boston and New York/JFK. On June 1, America West will
introduce one additional daily nonstop flight between LAX and New York/JFK
and Boston, which will operate during the peak summer season through Sept.
7, 2004. With these new flights, America West will offer three daily
nonstop flights between LAX and New York/JFK and Boston. America West is
also adding new point-to-point service between LAX and Edmonton and
Vancouver, Canada; and Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
“Los Angeles is a leading business market with travelers who have
responded positively to America West’s low fares and full service,” said
Dion Flannery, vice president, scheduling, route planning and Internet
distribution. “We are the only low-fare, full service carrier operating
nonstop, transcontinental service between Los Angeles and New York/JFK and
between Los Angeles and Boston, and we believe customers will respond
favorably to the additional service we’re putting into place for the busy
summer travel season. LAX needs more low-fare competition so we’re happy
to be adding new point-to-point service to Mexico and Canada as well.”

In October 2003, America West became the first and only low-fare carrier
to operate nonstop transcontinental service between LAX and New York/JFK
and Boston. All of the flights between LAX and New York/JFK and Boston
will utilize Airbus A319 aircraft, featuring 12 first class and 112 main
cabin seats. The new flights between LAX and Canada and Mexico will be
provided by America West Express, which is operated by subsidiary airlines
of Mesa Air Group, Inc., utilizing Canadair Regional Jet aircraft.

All America West Airlines mainline aircraft feature first class cabins,
allowing customers to take advantage of the airline’s newly announced
First Rate fares, which are 40 to 70 percent lower than other airlines’
traditional first class fares.

Since America West’s introduction of transcontinental service at LAX,
customers have been responding favorably to the carrier’s low fares and
full range of services. America West offers advance seat assignments,
flexible ticketing policies and an award-winning frequent flyer program
called FlightFund, which offers elite members a wide range of benefits
such as priority check-in, early boarding, mileage bonuses and the
opportunity for award travel to more than 300 destinations on five
continents.
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