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AMERICA WEST AIRLINES RETURNS TO HAWAII AS FLIGHTFUND AWARD DESTINATION

 PHOENIX, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- America West Airlines (NASDAQ: AWAQC) announced today that members of its popular frequent flyer program, FlightFund, will again be able to redeem their mileage for free travel to Hawaii as early as Aug. 1, 1993. FlightFund has teamed up with Northwest Airlines and SunTrips, a recognized leader in leisure travel, for award travel to Honolulu and Maui. The FlightFund Service Center will accept Hawaii award travel requests in writing beginning today.
 "The return of Hawaii as an award destination greatly improves our competitive position as Hawaii is the most popular destination for frequent flyers," said Rose Ceglia, America West's director of frequent traveler marketing. Ceglia noted that FlightFund members will have the added benefit of choosing to use less mileage if they can arrange their travel within three weeks of departure. If passengers need to plan further ahead, they will use a few more miles.
 The Hawaii "Ready to Go" plan for passengers whose travel will be confirmed inside of within three weeks of departure requires 30,000 miles for one coach award of 50,000 miles for two coach awards. "Ready to Go" passengers will utilize SunTrips' service out of San Francisco International Airport to Honolulu or Maui.
 The Hawaii "Free to Go" plan for passengers who book their travel more than three weeks prior to departure requires 50,000 miles for one coach award or 80,000 miles for two coach awards. "Free to Go" passengers will travel via Northwest Airlines' daily departures to Honolulu from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle of Minneapolis or via SunTrips' service from San Francisco.
 "This new award plan to Hawaii complements our seamless code-share service with America West," said Don Schmitt, Northwest Airlines' director of WorldPerks marketing. "We're pleased to offer this new award opportunity along with the convenience of Northwest's existing joint code-share service with America West from Las Vegas and Phoenix to great travel destinations like Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia."
 "SunTrips is proud to participate in FlightFund," said Vic Grupp, executive vice president of SunTrips. "America West's frequent flyers will find it easy to get to 'Paradise' and should especially appreciate our nonstop service to Maui."
 New FlightFund members will receive a special 2,500-mile bonus just for enrolling. Passengers may join FlightFund at any America West ticketing location or by calling the FlightFund Service Center at 800-247-5691. America West's FlightFund partners now include Aeromexico, Air France, Northwest Airlines, SunTrips, Doubletree and Doubletree Club Hotels, Hilton and Conrad Hotels, Radisson and Colony Hotels, Westin Hotels and Resorts, Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental. Terms and conditions apply.
 America West Airlines and America West Express serve 56 destinations from coast to coast including Mexico City. The Phoenix-based carrier operates one of the world's most modern fleets, including the Boeing 757, Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
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 /CONTACT: Daphne Dicino, senior director of corporate communications of America West Airlines, 602-693-5729/
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