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Alliance Formed to Enhance Integrated Airline Services' Offerings.

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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2004

Terry Combs, president and CEO of Integrated Airline Services (IAS), and Michael J. Hancock, former CEO of Servisair USA, today announced the formation of a new corporation called Integrated Airline Services Alliance, LLC.

According to Combs, the purpose of the new company is to augment the IAS service offerings, by enhancing the passenger and ramp services for major commercial and charter airlines nationwide. Integrated Airline Services Alliance will commence operations on March 18, 2004 with the award of Spirit Airlines' ramp handling contract for Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla. Spirit operates 24 daily departures from Ft. Lauderdale and 11 from Orlando.

Hancock will be chief executive officer for Integrated Airline Services Alliance headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale. He was previously the CEO of Servisair USA and has more than 30 years in the aviation industry.

Additionally, F. Britt Harrington will be chief financial officer for the new company. Harrington previously served as the CFO of Servisair USA.

"The formation of this new company along with IAS's present position in the industry will offer greater experience and resources to our customers," said Combs. "I believe this executive management team will be the best in the industry."

About Integrated Airline Services

Started in 1984 by Terry Combs, Integrated Airline Services, Inc. (IAS) is a privately held passenger and cargo ground handling company headquartered in Denver. Operating in 30 airports throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, IAS is recognized for its expertise in providing professional and cost-effective services to air carriers nationwide. Clients of IAS include Spirit Airlines, BAX Global, Emery Worldwide, DHL Airways, Lufthansa, UPS and the US Postal Service.

Terry Combs is the son of aviation pioneer Harry Combs, the former head of Gates Learjet and the founder of AMR Combs, a national chain of corporate aircraft service centers. A week before Harry Combs' death on December 22, 2003, Combs was recognized as one of the nation's top 100 aviators at the Wright Brothers Centennial of Flight observation in Kitty Hawk. President John F. Kennedy appointed Combs to "Project Beacon" which helped form the nation's present air traffic control system.

With more than 2000 employees, IAS offers a wide variety of services to the airline industry, including passenger check in and boarding, baggage handling, airline upload and download services, airline pushback services, cargo handling, aircraft cabin cleaning, cargo counter services, crew transportation, pet and animal handling and warehousing.

For more information, please visit www.iasair.com or call 303-376-6923.
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