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JAMES M. KING JOINS AMERICA WEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 PHOENIX, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix-based America West Airlines (NASDAQ: AWAQC) announced that James M. King has been elected to the company's board of directors. King succeeds the late Craig Coleman, a former America West board member from GPA.
 "Mr. King has a long and distinguished background in aviation and his expertise will be of great benefit in our efforts to emerge from Chapter 11 and position America West for continued success," said William A. Franke, chairman of the board.
 King, who joined GPA Group in 1982, is currently its vice chairman and is responsible for manufacturer and key customer relationships. King previously held senior management positions including managing director of Irish Aerospace and chief marketing officer and chief operations officer of GPA Group. King has been a member of the GPA Group board of directors since March 1990 and is chairman of Shannon Aerospace, GPA's aircraft maintenance joint- venture with Lufthansa and Swissair.
 "American West shows great promise and I am looking forward to working with Mr. Franke and the board," King stated.
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 /CONTACT: Daphne Dicino, senior director of Corporate Communications of America West, 602-693-5729/
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