Marie Knowles Joins America West Board Of Directors

West Holdings Corporation
(NYSE: AWA) announced today that Marie L. Knowles has been elected a director
of America West Holdings Corporation and its subsidiary, America West
Airlines, Inc.  With the addition of Knowles, the boards now consist of
12 members.

Knowles, 52, is the executive vice president and chief financial officer
of Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), an $25 billion international oil and gas
company headquartered in Los Angeles.  During her 27-year career at ARCO,
Knowles has served in a number of finance, operational and technical senior
management positions, having responsibility for ARCO`s oil trading, corporate
finance, investor relations, controller, treasury and strategic planning
functions, and has had significant involvement in the development of ARCO`s
corporate governance initiatives.

Knowles is a member of the board of directors of Phelps Dodge Corporation
and Vastar Resources, Inc.  She is active in community and non-profit affairs
and holds leadership positions with a number of civic and philanthropic
organizations including the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution, the
Board of Trustees of The Brookings Institution, the Board of Governors of The
Music Center in Los Angeles, the Advisory Board of the University of Southern
California School of Engineering, the Board of Trustees of The Chandler School
and the Advisory Board of Leadership California.
Knowles holds bachelor`s of science and master`s of science degrees in
chemical engineering and a master`s of business administration, all awarded by
the University of Southern California.  Knowles, her husband and two sons live
in South Pasadena, Calif.

America West Holdings Corporation is an aviation and travel services
company with 1998 sales of $2.0 billion.  Wholly owned subsidiary America West
Airlines is the nation`s ninth largest carrier serving more than
90 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  The Leisure Company, also a
wholly owned subsidiary, is one of the nation`s largest tour packagers.
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