America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) has
completed today the inspections of B737 aircraft ordered by the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) through an Airworthiness Directive (AD) issued
Thursday, May 7, 1998. In addition, America West has implemented an
aggressive schedule to complete the additional B737 inspections ordered by the
America West has nine B737 aircraft with 50,000 or more flight hours
affected by the original FAA AD issued May 7. Completing the required work
today, America West is in compliance with the May 7 order four days in advance
of the original deadline.
“We have complied with all conditions of the first Airworthiness Directive
and all aircraft affected have returned to service,” said Ron Aramini, senior
vice president, operations. “We completed the inspections for the first AD at
minimal cost and very limited inconvenience to our customers over the last
America West has an additional 18 B737 aircraft with between 40,000 and
49,999 flight hours. The inspections required for those aircraft ordered by
the FAA AD issued May 10 have already begun and will be completed as soon as
practicable and within the 14 days required by the AD. America West expects
that the cost of compliance with today`s AD will not be material and will be
completed with minimal disruption to the Airline`s schedule and very little
inconvenience to customers.
America West Airlines, the nation`s ninth largest carrier, serves more
than 90 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico offering travelers the
same full-service product they have come to expect from other national
airlines but with low fares. America West ranked number one in baggage
handling as recorded in the 1997 Air Travel Consumer Report published by the
U.S. Department of Transportation.
America West Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of America West
Holdings Corporation, an aviation and travel services company with annual
sales of $1.9 billion.
This press release, as well as releases issued in the past year by America
West Holdings and its affiliates, can be accessed on the America West Internet
site at http://www.americawest.com.