America West Announces Management Restructuring

America West Holdings Corporation
(NYSE: AWA) announced today a restructuring of the senior management of its
subsidiary, America West Airlines, Inc., focused on continuing the carrier`s
efforts to improve operational reliability and customer service.  The
restructuring includes: the consolidation of the airline`s corporate functions
under chairman and chief executive officer William A. Franke; the expansion of
responsibilities for W. Douglas Parker, president of the airline; the
repositioning of key responsibilities related to the airline`s operations
under new leadership; and plans to recruit several new executives in key

“During the past five years, Doug has played a key role in developing and
executing the airline`s growth strategy,” said Franke.  “His responsibilities
have been steadily expanded, and he has consistently demonstrated leadership
skills, which now will be focused on improving the airline`s operations and
pursuing our growth plans.”

As a result of the restructuring, Franke, who will continue to focus on
the strategic direction of the company, will, working with Stephen L. Johnson,
senior vice president and chief administrative officer, oversee the company`s
corporate functions including technologies, human resources, corporate
affairs, legal and administration, and government and community affairs.
America West is in the process of recruiting a new chief financial officer who
will also report to Franke.

In his expanded role, Parker will report to Franke and oversee and direct
all aspects of the airline`s operations, including maintenance, flight
operations, safety, customer service, planning and revenue management and
marketing and sales, and will have continuing responsibility for the
development and execution of the airline`s strategic growth plan.
Parker, 38, joined America West in 1995 as senior vice president and chief
financial officer.  In 1997 his duties were expanded to include responsibility
for the airline`s planning, scheduling and revenue management.  In 1999 Parker
was elected executive vice president with responsibility for the airline`s
finance, planning, revenue management, sales and marketing, information
systems and administration and corporate affairs divisions.  Parker was
elected president of the airline in May 2000.

Jeffrey D. McClelland, 42, senior vice president - operations, will
continue to oversee the airline`s maintenance operations and will take
responsibility for flight operations and operations analysis.  McClelland
joined America West in October 1999 after eleven years in operations and
financial management positions with Northwest Airlines and American Airlines.
McClelland also served as a pilot, flight instructor and aviation safety
officer in the United States Navy.  In his expanded role, McClelland, who will
report to Parker, will have primary responsibility for the execution of the
airline`s efforts to improve its system operational reliability and will
recruit executives to fill two newly created positions, senior vice president
- maintenance and vice president - line maintenance.
J. Scott Kirby, 33, was appointed senior vice president - e-business and
technologies.  In addition to his present responsibilities for all of America
West`s e-commerce activity, Kirby, who will report to Franke, will oversee and
direct all of the company`s technology resources including its information
systems department.  In his new role Kirby`s key imperative will be the
development and implementation of new technologies to support the airline`s
operations and to further automate airport and customer processes.  Kirby
joined the company in 1996 as senior director - scheduling and planning.  In
1997, he was promoted to vice president - scheduling and planning and in 1998,
he was appointed vice president - revenue management.  Earlier this year Kirby
was elected senior vice president - e-business.


Separately, Gilbert D. Mook, 58, executive vice president - operations,
has advised America West that he will leave the company at year-end.  Over the
next few months, Mook`s primary objectives will be to continue to work with
the Federal Aviation Administration on regulatory matters and to transition
his responsibilities to Parker and McClelland.  Additionally, he will assist
in the development of training programs for the airline`s operations personnel
and other special projects related to the airline`s strategies to improve its
service reliability.

America West Holdings Corporation is an aviation and travel services
company with 1999 revenue of $2.2 billion.  Wholly owned subsidiary America
West Airlines is the nation`s ninth largest carrier serving 88 destinations
with more than 860 daily departures 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 or via company`s fax-on-demand system by calling