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 PHOENIX, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- America West Airlines (NASDAQ: AWAQC) and Mesa Airlines announced that the two carriers will expand their code sharing agreement on Dec. 15, 1993. At that time, Mesa Airlines (operating as America West Express) will add service from Columbus, Ohio, to five cities, including Akron and Toledo, Ohio, Indianapolis, Louisville, Ky., and Rochester, N.Y.
 The two carriers currently operate a code sharing agreement in which Mesa Airlines, operating as America West Express, provides feeder service to America West Airlines' Phoenix hub from 13 cities throughout the southwestern United States.
 Michael J. Conway, president and chief executive officer for America West, said, "This is a very positive step for both carriers." He continued, "This expansion of our code sharing agreement provides America West with direct access to many underserved, over-priced markets throughout the midwest and northeast, at minimal cost. At the same time, this will strengthen America West's presence at our Columbus hub."
 Schedules and fares for the America West Express Columbus service will be available in computer reservation systems on Oct. 25, 1993. Reservations can be made at that time through a professional travel agent or America West Airlines at 800-2-FLY-AWA (800-235-9292).
 America West Express service will utilize the Beechcraft 1900 aircraft, an ultra-modern, 19-seat turboprop.
 Larry Risley, president and chief executive officer for Mesa Airlines, said, "We are very excited about this opportunity to expand our relationship with America West Airlines." Risley noted that Mesa Airlines and America West originally entered into a code sharing agreement on Oct. 15, 1992, to form America West Express.
 "America West Express has since expanded from 25 daily departures to 65 flights each day," the chief executive officer added. "We fully expect this new agreement to further benefit both Mesa Airlines and America West, while providing increased and improved access throughout the U.S. for travelers in the midwest and northeast."
 Conway concluded, "We are confident that passengers will benefit from this expanded agreement through affordable fares and high quality service, and we are especially pleased to be expanding our relationship with the country's premier commuter airline."
 America West Airlines is celebrating its tenth year of service. The carrier inaugurated jet operations on Aug. 1, 1983, with three aircraft serving five cities. Today, the airline operates an all jet fleet of 85 aircraft, including the Boeing 757, Boeing 737, and Airbus A320, serving major destinations throughout the United States and Mexico City. The Phoenix-based carrier employs approximately 11,000 people and is the ninth largest carrier in the United States. In January 1990, America West was reclassified by the Department of Transportation as a "major carrier," an achievement signifying annual revenues of at least 1 billion dollars.
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