National Airlines Returns to Washington

LAS VEGAS, NV (MAY 13) - National Airlines announced the return of service to Washington, DC on August 1, 2002 with one daily nonstop roundtrip between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Las Vegas. At that time, the Las Vegas-based carrier will begin new service at Washington Dulles International Airport with one daily nonstop roundtrip to Las Vegas as well. The carrier will also add a second roundtrip at Dulles Airport on August 28, 2002. With three daily nonstops to the Washington airports, National will offer more nonstop seats than any other airline from these two Washington airports to Las Vegas.

National Airlines is also offering members of its frequent flyer program, National Comps, Double Points for tickets purchased by June 30, 2002 for travel to or from either Washington area airport. Travelers can join the unique frequent flyer program online at or by obtaining an application at any National Airlines ticket counter.

“We are very excited to return to our nation’s capital, and we are doing it in a major way,” said Michael J. Conway, president and CEO for National. “Not only will we be providing convenient service to the heart Washington, DC, but we will also offer new service at Dulles Airport.” Conway noted that DCA service is important to tourists and politicians who frequent Washington, and Dulles is popular among those who live closer to the international airport, including residents and business travelers in northern Virginia.

Senator Harry Reid, D-NV, said, “People in Washington will now have more choices when they want to fly to the entertainment capital of the world, and people in Las Vegas will have more choices when they want to fly to the nation’s capital. National Airlines’ new routes will mean more convenience for consumers and more business for both cities, and it’s great news for our overall economy. I’m looking forward to going home on these flights soon myself.”

Conway said, “We are especially grateful to the Nevada Congressional delegation, Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representatives Shelley Berkley and John Gibbons. They played a major role in our ability to obtain the slot exemptions needed to serve Washington National Airport, and continue to show their support of the largest commercial carrier based in Nevada. As a result, National Airlines will continue to open the skies of Nevada to more and more people, helping to stimulate the economic development of our state.” National Airlines offers high quality amenities such as increased legroom and overhead storage space, quality meals in both first class and the main cabin on designated meal flights, a unique frequent flyer program, and more, delivered by “employees who are second to none in the industry,” Conway added.


National Airlines also announced that it will initiate new service at Reno/Tahoe International Airport on October 3, 2002 with four daily nonstop roundtrips from its Las Vegas hub. Reno will be the 14th airport served by National. In addition, National announced that it will add a third daily nonstop roundtrip between Miami and Las Vegas on November 21, 2002. The Las Vegas-based carrier will begin new service at Seattle on May 23rd with three daily nonstop roundtrips to its hub, as well as add a fourth daily roundtrip to Dallas/Ft. Worth.

National Airlines operates an all Boeing fleet of 757 jet aircraft configured with 175 seats including 22 in First Class. The carrier serves Chicago Midway, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Newark, Philadelphia and San Francisco with nonstop flights to and from its Las Vegas hub. National Airlines has been recognized for outstanding customer service by Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s “2000 Reader’s Choice Awards” and the “2001 Zagat Airline Survey”.