Wilson Elected Vice President, Operations Planning And Analysis

America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) today
announced the election of John R. Wilson as vice president of operations
planning and analysis.  Wilson will be responsible for planning and financial
analysis for the airline`s customer service, maintenance and engineering,
flight operations and airport operations groups.

“John possesses strong financial analysis expertise and a tremendous
working knowledge of airline operational requirements,” said Jeff McClelland,
senior vice president, operations.  “In this position, John will provide
tactical and strategic direction through planning and analyzing operations
performance.  We`re pleased to have him as part of the operations management

For the past three years, Wilson has served as senior director of
financial analysis for America West.  During that time, Wilson provided
economic evaluation and support to successful labor contract negotiations with
the airline`s mechanics, dispatchers, flight attendants and fleet service
workers.  Wilson also developed economic evaluation of aircraft options
supporting aircraft acquisition efforts.  Prior to joining America West,
Wilson was with Northwest Airlines for seven years in Minneapolis and Tokyo,
Japan, and held various financial analysis management positions.  Wilson began
his financial analysis career with General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth,

Wilson received a master`s in business administration from the University
of Virginia and a bachelor degree in business administration from Texas Tech

America West Airlines, the nation`s ninth-largest carrier, serves
89 destinations with more than 860 daily departures in the U.S., Canada and
Mexico.  With its codeshare partners, America West serves more than
100 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 http://www.americawest.com.