Sabourin To Join America West As Vice President, Corporate Communications

America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) today
announced the election of James Sabourin as vice president, corporate
communications.  Sabourin will be responsible for overseeing the company`s
media relations and employee communications.

“Jim is an experienced communications professional and we welcome him to
the management team,” said Stephen Johnson, senior vice president and chief
administrative officer.  “As we pursue the strategic growth of the airline and
continue to develop our related businesses, Jim`s role will be to lead the
development of strategies to increase and improve communications with our
employees, customers, business partners and the communities we serve.”
Sabourin joins America West from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. where
he served for more than eight years directing that company`s media and other
corporate communications activities.  Prior to Burlington Northern, Sabourin
was with Electronic Data Systems Corp. for eight years managing public

Sabourin holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism and public
relations from Florida State University.  He is accredited in public relations
by the Public Relations Society of America.

America West Airlines, the nation`s ninth largest carrier, serves 88
destinations with more than 860 daily departures in the U.S., Canada and
Mexico.  Along with its codeshare partners, America West serves more than
140 destinations worldwide.  America West Airlines is a wholly owned
subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation, an aviation and travel
services company with 1999 sales of $2.2 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