Independence Air Introduces New Low-Fare Services

19th May 2004

Independence Air announced today it
has chosen John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) as one of its 35
summer launch destinations with new low-fare service scheduled to begin
August 1st. 17 daily non-stop flights will be offered to Washington Dulles
International Airport, with connections to 23 cities available this summer.
As of 6:00am this morning, all flights are now available for sale on the
Independence Air website at All fares are sold one-way and a
Saturday night stay is NOT required for any fare. Seat assignments can be
reserved at the time of booking and flights are not overbooked.

Fares to Washington are low—ranging from just $49 one-way to no more
than $109. The simple Independence Air fare rules are shown below. Web
users who visit and sign up for a free membership to the iCLUB
frequent flyer program will receive an additional $25 off their first

Chairman and CEO Kerry Skeen said, “People have told us they are tired of
getting ripped off by airlines that charge too much and have complicated
rules and restrictions. We agree that it’s time for a change. At
Independence Air, the fares we show you are not just some introductory or
sale fares that are gone by the time you try to make a reservation. And
we’re not afraid to show you our lowest and our highest fares—so you
can be sure you’ll never be gouged, even when you have to book at the last

U.S. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks said, “I am excited about Independence
Air’s entry into JFK,” said Congressman Gregory W. Meeks whose
congressional district includes John F. Kennedy International Airport.
“Travelers to New York now have another option for low fares on a quality
airline. This new development reaffirms Kennedy’s attractiveness as a
domestic and international hub for the commercial aviation industry, which
means jobs for my constituents.”

The Independence Air hub at Washington Dulles will be the largest low-fare
hub in America this summer—with 300 daily departures. In addition to
non- stop service from JFK to Washington starting August 1st, Independence
Air will also offer a schedule of easy one-stop connections to 23
destinations, including Atlanta, Buffalo, Charleston (SC), Charleston
(WV), Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus (OH), Dayton, Detroit,
Greensboro (NC), Greenville/Spartanburg (SC), Indianapolis, Jacksonville,
Knoxville, Lansing, Louisville, Nashville, Norfolk, Pittsburgh,
Raleigh-Durham, Rochester (NY) and Savannah.


Flights from JFK to Washington will be aboard newly-upgraded 50-seat iJETs
with all-leather slimline seats that provide more legroom than ever
before. These aircraft offer several distinct advantages for travelers:

—Fast boarding and deplaning—even the last row clears in just a few

—Planeside carry-on baggage check-in—leave your carry-ons at the
doorway of the aircraft and they’ll be there waiting for you when you

—No middle seats—everyone gets either an aisle or window seat

Independence Air will also begin adding 27 brand new 132-passenger Airbus
A319s at Washington Dulles this fall. The Airbus aircraft—scheduled to
launch in November—will allow Independence Air to offer low-fare
service from Washington to major destinations in Florida, the Midwest and
across the country to the West Coast. Independence Air plans to add live
satellite TV in every seatback of its Airbus aircraft early next year.
With the addition of the A319s, Independence Air will operate a fleet of
over 110 jet aircraft.

Parent company Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings, Inc. is based in Dulles,
VA and employs over 4,100 aviation professionals. Later this year, the
company plans to change its name to FLYi, Inc., and its ticker symbol to

Independence Air is the low-fare airline that makes travel fast and easy
for its customers with a customer-first attitude, innovative thinking and
a willingness to challenge the status quo.


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