America West Airlines announced today that it is bringing low-fare
competition to its fifth transcontinental route. The airline will become
the first and only low-fare carrier to operate nonstop transcontinental
service between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2004. America
West will offer two daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX) and Washington Dulles International Airport.
To kick off the new service, a special introductory fare with a 14-day
advance purchase is available for just $89* each way, based on a roundtrip
purchase. These specially priced tickets may be purchased now through
April 26, 2004, and are good for travel through June 30, 2004. In
addition, America West offers an everyday, business-friendly, zero-day
advance purchase fare of just $299** one way.
“America West is excited to provide a low-fare link between our nation’s
capital and the largest city in the western United States,” said Scott
Kirby, executive vice president, sales and marketing. “Consumers in these
markets have been at the mercy of high-cost carriers for far too long.
Once again, America West is offering service to the right airports at the
right price. We are bringing the same unmatched combination of service,
value and convenience to this route, that we brought to our four other
America West offers daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and San
Francisco on the West Coast and New York/JFK and Boston on the East Coast.
Since America West’s introduction of transcontinental service in the fall
of 2003, one-way, zero-day advance purchase fares on those routes have
fallen from more than $1,200 to less than $300 and customers have been
responding favorably to the carrier’s low fares and full range of
services. America West offers advance seat assignments, flexible ticketing
policies and FlightFund, an award-winning frequent flyer program, which
offers elite members a wide range of benefits such as priority check-in,
early boarding, mileage bonuses and the opportunity for award travel to
more than 300 destinations on five continents.
America West will utilize modern Airbus A319 aircraft, featuring 12 first
class and 112 main cabin seats as well as inflight audio and video
entertainment on all nonstop flights between Los Angeles and