PHOENIX, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—America West (NYSE: AWA)
announced today that it will initiate the first regularly scheduled jet
service in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Beginning July 1, 2002, America West
Express, which is operated by Mesa Air Group and Chautauqua Airlines, will
provide two daily nonstop roundtrip flights between San Luis Obispo and
Phoenix utilizing the popular 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). The
airline began service in San Luis Obispo in 1999, utilizing the 37-seat
deHavilland Dash-8 aircraft.
“We`re pleased with the demand we`re seeing on our flights and happy to
start providing service with regional jet aircraft which are faster and
quieter than the turbo prop aircraft,” said Scott Kirby, executive vice
president, sales and marketing. Flights operated with the CRJ are
approximately 40 minutes shorter than flights using the Dash-8 aircraft.
America West is the only airline to provide nonstop service from San Luis
Obispo to a destination outside of California. From its Phoenix hub, America
West offers customers from San Luis Obispo convenient connections to
50 destinations across the U.S. and Mexico, including Albuquerque, N.M.;
Tucson, Ariz.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Houston.