America West and Royal Jordanian Enhance Marketing Ties

America West Airlines , the
nation’s second largest low-cost carrier, today announced the expansion of
its marketing agreement with Royal Jordanian, the full-service,
international carrier serving more than 50 destinations in the Middle
East, Far East, North Africa, Europe and North America. Effective November
8, America West began placing its code on Royal Jordanian flights between
Amman, Jordan and New York/JFK, Chicago/O’Hare, and Detroit. With this
code-share expansion, America West is the only US carrier able to directly
market nonstop service between the US and Jordan.
Passengers on the West Coast also benefit, with convenient one-stop
service to Jordan now available from Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Francisco and
Los Angeles. In addition, members of America West’s award-winning
FlightFund program and Royal Jordanian’s Royal Plus program can accrue and
redeem miles on all scheduled flights operated by either airline, and
America West Club members and Royal Jordanian elite members receive access
to both airlines’ lounges. To book a ticket, customers may call America
West at 1-800-2-FLY-AWA (1-800-235-9292) or contact their travel agent.
For additional information, customers may also visit
http://www.americawest.com/alliances.

“America West continues to innovate and develop new options to better
serve the traveling public,” said Scott Kirby, America West’s executive
vice president, sales and marketing. “Through this marketing agreement,
America West is the only US carrier offering nonstop code-share service to
Jordan, an important gateway to the Middle East. Our growing network, both
domestically and in conjunction with our international code-share
partners, further distinguishes us from the typical offerings of domestic
low-cost carriers.”

Samer Majali, vice chairman, president & CEO of Royal Jordanian, said: “I
am elated. This code-share means all passengers can fly direct rather than
having to fly to Europe, then wait to connect onward. Also, travelers can
now earn frequent flyer miles from both airlines, enjoy one-time baggage
through- check, convenient flight times, and world-class inflight services
throughout.”

Code-sharing provides customers with more travel options by allowing one
carrier to sell flights on another carrier as its own by attaching its
two-letter booking code to the other carrier’s flights listed in worldwide
computer reservations systems and online travel sites.

The United States and Jordan signed an “open skies” treaty in 1996, the
first such treaty for the U.S. with an aviation partner outside of Europe.
Under terms of the treaty, airlines from either country are provided open
access and unrestricted capacity and frequency rights to points in both
countries.

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Royal Jordanian was founded in 1963 by the late King Hussein to be “a
bridge between peoples.” Today, the airline continues to fulfill that wish
with year-round Airbus 340 flights nonstop from New York, Chicago and
Detroit to Amman, in the heart of the Middle East, and with numerous
connecting flights daily from modern Queen Alia Airport to cities across
the entire Middle East and Far East.
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