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America West Reports Record January Traffic

America West Airlines today
reported traffic statistics for the month of January 2005. Revenue
passenger miles (RPMs) for January 2005 were a record 1.8 billion, an
increase of 8.6 percent from January 2004. Capacity for January 2005 was
2.4 billion available seat miles (ASMs). The passenger load factor for the
month of January was a record 74.4 percent vs. 67.9 percent in January

“We set a new record passenger load factor for the month of January, which
provides ongoing evidence of strong customer demand for the America West
product,” said Scott Kirby, executive vice president, sales and marketing.
“In addition, we continued to focus on aggressively managing our inventory
in peak travel periods during January, and as a result, our unit revenues
during January 2005 improved over January 2004. With sustained passenger
demand and diligent inventory management during peak travel periods, we
also anticipate improvements in our unit revenue during February and

The following summarizes America West’s January traffic results for 2005
and 2004:

                      Jan. 2005   Jan. 2004   % Change
  Revenue Passenger Miles
  (000)                1,820,973   1,676,311     8.6
  Available Seat Miles
  (000)                2,447,589   2,467,891     (0.8)
  Load Factor (percent)        74.4       67.9     6.5 pts.
  Enplanements           1,679,095   1,549,799     8.3



America West will report to the Department of Transportation that its
domestic on-time performance was 71.9 percent for the month of January and
its completion factor was 97.2 percent.