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AMERICA WEST AIRLINES REPORTS AUGUST LOAD FACTOR AT RECORD BEST 74.1 PERCENT

 PHOENIX, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- America West Airlines (NASDAQ: AWAQC; PSE: AWA) reported the highest load factor in its 10-year history at 74.1 percent for August 1993, a 3.8 point improvement over the same period in 1992. The Phoenix-based carrier also reported August 1993 traffic at 1.1 billion revenue passenger miles and available seat miles of 1.5 billion. Passenger enplanements reached 1.4 million for the 1993 month.
 Michael J. Conway, president and chief executive officer, said, "Our record load factor is reflective of the continuation of the strong trend America West has been experiencing throughout 1993." He added, "America West is one of only two major U.S. carriers to report a profit in both the first and second quarters this year, and we anticipate that the dramatic improvement in our financial results that we have experienced thus far in 1993 will continue over the balance of the year."
 The following is the carrier's August and year-to-date traffic for 1993 and 1992:
 AUG. 93 AUG. 92 PCT. CHANGE
 Passengers Enplaned 1,409,814 1,465,604 (3.8)
 Revenue Passenger Miles
 (000) 1,084,799 1,180,405 (8.1)
 Available Seat Miles (000) 1,463,354 1,678,678 (12.8)(a)
 Load Factor (Pct) 74.1 70.3 3.8 pts
 YTD 93 YTD 92 PCT CHANGE
 Passengers Enplaned 9,808,633 10,638,821 (7.8)
 Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 7,451,613 8,380,001 (11.1)
 Available Seat Miles (000) 11,384,912 13,368,458 (14.8)(a)
 Load Factor (Pct) 65.5 62.7 2.8 pts
 (a) The airline downsized its fleet from 102 to 85 aircraft in the comparative reporting periods accounting for the reduction in available seat miles.
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 /CONTACT: Daphne Dicino, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications, 602-693-5729/
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