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America West and Royal Jordanian Alliance

America West Airlines , the
nation’s second largest low-cost carrier, today announced that it has
received Department of Transportation (DOT) authorization to launch a
code-share partnership with Royal Jordanian Airlines, the full-service,
international carrier serving more than 50 destinations in the Middle
East, Far East, North Africa, Europe and North America. Beginning in October 2004, Royal Jordanian will place its two-letter code
on America West flights from New York/JFK, Chicago/O’Hare and Detroit to
America West’s hubs in Phoenix and Las Vegas, as well as on America West
transcontinental flights from New York JFK to San Francisco and Los
Angeles. From America West’s hubs, customers can also connect to more than
90 destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. For
travel reservations, customers can contact Royal Jordanian at
1-800-223-0470 or a professional travel agent.

Customers of both airlines will be able to take advantage of additional
frequent flyer and lounge access opportunities. Members of America West’s
award-winning FlightFund program and Royal Jordanian’s Royal Plus program
will be able to accrue and redeem miles on all scheduled flights operated
by either airline. Additionally, America West Club members and Royal
Jordanian elite members will be able to enjoy access to both airlines’

Approval for America West to place its code on flights operated by Royal
Jordanian between the U.S. and Jordan is still pending.

Senior executives from America West and Royal Jordanian met today in
Phoenix to formalize the alliance and identify additional opportunities
for commercial cooperation. “We’re pleased to welcome Royal Jordanian to
our growing portfolio of alliance partners,” America West Chairman,
President and CEO Doug Parker said. “Entering into this agreement with
Royal Jordanian provides a key differentiating feature when comparing
America West’s service to other domestic low-cost carriers.”

Parker continued, “We look forward to welcoming Royal Jordanian’s
customers to America West’s route system and service. Our mutual customers
will now have access to an expanded worldwide network while enjoying new
frequent flyer and airport club benefits.”


Royal Jordanian Vice Chairman, President and CEO Samer Majali said, “This
code-share agreement is a big win for travelers and both airlines. Royal
Jordanian passengers arriving in the USA will enjoy more—and more
timely—connections to more cities across the continent than ever
before. And, pending government approval, America West customers will soon
have the opportunity to experience Royal Jordanian’s hallmark hospitality
and acclaimed inflight service to numerous points across the world.”

Code-sharing provides customers with more travel options by allowing one
carrier to sell flights on another carrier as its own by attaching its
two-letter booking code to the other carrier’s flights listed in worldwide
computer reservations systems and online travel sites.

The United States and Jordan signed an “open skies” treaty in 1996, the
first such treaty for the U.S. with an aviation partner outside of Europe.
Under terms of the treaty, airlines from either country are provided open
access and unrestricted capacity and frequency rights to points in both

Royal Jordanian was founded in 1963 by the late King Hussein to be “a
bridge between peoples.” Today, the airline continues to fulfill that wish
with year-round Airbus 340 flights nonstop from New York, Chicago and
Detroit to Amman, in the heart of the Middle East, and with numerous
connecting flights daily from modern Queen Alia Airport to cities across
the entire Middle East and Far East.