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AMERICA WEST AIRLINES REACHES CODE SHARING AGREEMENT WITH MESA AIRLINES

 AMERICA WEST AIRLINES REACHES
 CODE SHARING AGREEMENT WITH MESA AIRLINES
 PHOENIX, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- America West Airlines (NASDAQ: AWAQC; PSE: AWA) and Mesa Airlines (NASDAQ: MESA) jointly announced that they will implement a new code sharing agreement beginning Oct. 1, 1992. The two carriers will integrate their existing Phoenix operations resulting in a significant increase in available connections for passengers of both airlines. Under the code sharing agreement, Mesa Airline's Phoenix-based service will operate as America West Express.
 Michael J. Conway, chief executive officer of America West Airlines, said, "This is an important step forward in our efforts to reorganize this company. Mesa Airlines runs a superb operation and its route structure complements the America West route system."
 He added, "We anticipate that this code sharing agreement will result in a definite financial benefit for America West. The Mesa Airlines markets will expand our passenger base, thus enhancing the opportunity for increased revenues." Conway continued, "At the same time, America West's operating costs will decrease with the elimination of the Dash 8 aircraft from our fleet." Conway noted that America West currently utilizes the Dash 8 turboprop to serve smaller communities in Arizona, California and Colorado. "Ultimately, this agreement will expand the scope of America West's service, provide uninterrupted service to communities we currently serve with the Dash 8, and offer increased opportunities for convenient travel to passengers of both America West and Mesa Airlines," the chief executive officer stated.
 On Oct. 1, America West Express will offer convenient connections at Phoenix to Durango and Grand Junction, Colo., Gallup and Farmington, N.M. and Yuma, Ariz.
 America West Express will expand its service to Arizona cities Kingman, Prescott, Flagstaff, Fort Huachuca, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu, as well as to Palm Springs, Calif., and Telluride, Colo., later this year. All America West Express flights will be operated with the ultra-modern, 19-passenger Beechcraft 1900 turboprop.
 "This agreement will be a great benefit to Mesa's passengers, providing all of the advantages of a major airline. America West Express passengers will receive frequent flyer miles and through fares with America West," said Larry Risley, chief executive officer for Mesa Airlines Inc. "We look forward to a successful venture with America West."
 America West Express will operate from Gate B1 at Sky Harbor International Airport's Terminal 4. America West Express' schedule and fares will be available in computer reservations systems beginning Sept. 14, 1992. Passengers can make reservations on America West Express through a professional travel agent or America West Airline's reservations at 800-247-5692.
 The code sharing agreement also provides America West's FlightFund members, flying on America West Express, with frequent flyer mileage credit based on the actual miles flown, but a minimum of 750.
 Conway stated, "We are very pleased to reach this agreement with such an outstanding carrier. Mesa Airlines has an excellent safety record and a reputation for impeccable service." The chief executive officer continued, "In addition, the Beechcraft 1900 is a new aircraft that has gained positive reviews for its comfortable ride." Conway also noted that the agreement may provide employment opportunities within the America West Express operation for America West's current employees at Durango, Flagstaff, Palm Springs and Yuma.
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 /CONTACT: Daphne Dicino, Senior Director of Corporate Communications of America West, 602-693-5729/
 (AWAQC MESA) CO: America West Airlines; Mesa Airlines Inc. ST: Arizona IN: AIR SU: JVN


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