America West Airlines and Continental Airlines Expand Codeshare Agreement

America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) and
Continental Airlines today announced an expansion of its codeshare agreement
to include eight international cities.  On Oct. 31, 1999, a month after the
fifth anniversary of the alliance between the two carriers, the new service
will begin, offering online connections to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal,
Canada; Manchester and Birmingham, England; Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, Germany;
and Glasgow, Scotland through the U.S. gateways of Newark, N.J.; Cleveland,
Ohio; and Houston.

America West and Continental currently codeshare on flights in 120
domestic markets, linking a major portion of the airlines` domestic flight
schedules.  As part of the partnership, members of each airline`s frequent
flyer program have fully reciprocal opportunities for mileage accrual and
award redemption.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Continental to include
Canadian and European destinations,” said Bernie Han, America West`s senior
vice president, planning.  “Our shared customers will appreciate the
convenient online service to these additional markets.”
 
The original codeshare agreement between America West Airlines and
Continental Airlines began Oct. 1, 1994.  It was expanded on Feb. 1, 1999 to
include additional domestic markets.
 
“Cooperation between Continental and America West allows our joint
customers new opportunities,” said Bob King, Continental`s staff vice
president of corporate development.  “We are delighted to be adding
international routes after five very successful years of domestic
codesharing.”

Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering
more than 2,200 departures daily to 130 domestic and 85 international
destinations.  Operating major hubs in Newark, Houston and Cleveland,
Continental (http://www.continental.com) has extensive service throughout the
Americas, and to Europe and Asia.  Continental is in the top half of FORTUNE
magazine`s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America,” and has won first or
second place Frequent Flyer magazine and J.D. Power awards for four
consecutive years.  Continental has received numerous awards for its
BusinessFirst premium cabin (Conde Nast Traveler, OAG Official Airline Guides,
Entrepreneurs and Smart Money magazines) OnePass frequent flyer program
(InsideFlyer`s Freddie Awards) and overall operations and management (Air
Transport
America West Airlines, the nation`s ninth largest carrier, serves more
than 90 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  In 1998, America West
ranked number one in baggage handling for the second consecutive year as
recorded in the 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 1998 sales
of $2.0 billion.

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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, http://www.americawest.com.

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