PHOENIX, June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/— America West Airlines
(NYSE: AWA) today announced it will recall the remaining 59 pilots who were
furloughed as a result of the downturn in demand for air travel following the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The airline will begin bringing the
pilots back starting July 9, 2002, as the airline`s capacity is restored to
levels it operated before Sept. 11.
“We`re encouraged by the indications we`re seeing in customer demand and
very pleased to be bringing these pilots back,” said Jeff McClelland,
executive vice president, operations. “The America West team has pulled
together in the past nine months and it`s great to be returning the flight
crews to full strength.”
America West furloughed 179 pilots after the September 11 terrorist
attacks, while reducing its flight schedule by approximately 20 percent.
The airline has gradually restored nearly all of those flights.
With this move, more than 1,500 America West employees have returned to
the company since the reductions in force last October including all pilots,
flight attendants, customer service representatives and reservations agents
who were furloughed as a result of the downturn in demand for air travel
following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
America West Airlines, the nation`s eighth-largest carrier, serves
88 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. America West Airlines is a
wholly owned subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation, an aviation and
travel services company with 2001 sales of $2.1 billion.