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STATESWEST AIRLINES NOTIFIES USAIR IT HAS CEASED OPERATIONS IN CALIFORNIA/ARIZONA AS USAIR EXPRESS; USAIR WILL HONOR ALL TICKETS

 ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- USAir has been notified by StatesWest Airlines of Phoenix, Ariz., an independent company providing USAir Express service in California and Arizona under a marketing affiliation with USAir, that StatesWest has ceased operations, effective midnight Pacific Daylight Time, Oct. 8, 1993.
 This action will temporarily disrupt USAir Express service in California and Arizona, but will not have any effect on the bulk of the USAir Express system, which is in the Midwest, the East Coast, the Southeast and Florida.
 There will be absolutely no effect on USAir's jet operations, either on the West Coast or elsewhere.
 USAir emphasized that beginning Oct. 18, USAir Express service will resume in California, operated by another USAir Express carrier. Further details, including new West Coast flight schedules available for sale, will be announced by USAir Express early next week.
 "We regret the inconvenience to USAir Express passengers affected by this situation," said Keith Houk, vice president USAir Express division. "USAir will reaccommodate all StatesWest passengers holding tickets, and refund fares to those whom we cannot accommodate on other carriers flights." Houk added that StatesWest's tickets are written on USAir ticket stock, and thereby will unquestionably be honored by USAir and other carriers.
 Earlier this year StatesWest and USAir mutually agreed to terminate their joint marketing agreement on Jan. 15, 1994.
 StatesWest provided 114 daily departures, mostly in California, and less than five percent of the USAir Express system's daily 2,500 flight departures.
 Routes affected include: San Francisco to Monterey, Fresno, and Sacramento; Los Angeles to San Diego (where USAir jet service is unaffected), Palm Springs, Ontario, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Fresno and Orange County; and Phoenix to Palm Springs.
 The USAir Express system is comprised of six independent carriers -- Air Midwest, Chautauqua, CommutAir, Crown, CCAir and Florida Gulf Airlines -- and three wholly-owned carriers of USAir Group -- Allegheny Commuter, Jetstream International and Piedmont Airlines.
 Passengers holding tickets or reservations on USAir Express may call USAir at 1-800-428-4322 for rebooking.
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 /CONTACT: Susan J. Young of USAir, 703-418-5100, or Rudy Miller of StatesWest Airlines, 602-225-0505/
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