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STATESWEST AIRLINES PILOTS ACHIEVE FIRST CONTRACT

 STATESWEST AIRLINES PILOTS ACHIEVE FIRST CONTRACT
 PHOENIX, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- StatesWest Airlines Inc.


(NASDAQ: SWAL, SWALP) announces management and pilots have reached agreement on a labor contract. The four-year contract, which covers rates of pay, work rules and working conditions, is the first collective bargaining agreement for StatesWest pilots, who have been represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) since Nov. 2, 1990.
 StatesWest is a member of the USAir Express network of regional carriers. Rudy R. Miller, StatesWest chairman, president and chief executive officer, voiced strong satisfaction with the agreement, saying that "I view this agreement as a win/win resolution. It gives StatesWest Airlines the flexibility it needs to compete in a tremendously competitive environment and provides our pilots with fair compensation for their professional contributions. We greatly respect the loyalty, dedication and fortitude our pilots have displayed during a turbulent period in our industry."
 Miller concluded, "The length of the contract is indicative of the excellent relationship we have with our professional pilot group and their continued support is critical to the future success of StatesWest."
 Capt. Ted Burson, chairman of StatesWest pilots' union, agreed with Miller, stating that "We have worked hard for this agreement and are confident it will enhance the flight operations of StatesWest and open the door to good labor relations."
 The airline employs more than 120 professional pilots currently based in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Fresno, Calif. ALPA represents 43,000 pilots at 44 U.S. airlines and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
 StatesWest, operating under a code-share agreement with both USAir and Northwest Airlines, has one of the most fuel efficient fleets of prop-jet aircraft in the United States. The airline operates more than 4,000 monthly departures serving passengers in 14 cities in California, Arizona and Nevada.
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 /CONTACT: Rudy R. Miller or Mary A. Nance of StatesWest Airlines, 602-225-0504; or Pat Benoit of the ALPA, 415-348-4166/
 (SWAL SWALP) CO: StatesWest Airlines Inc.; Air Line Pilots Association ST: Arizona IN: AIR SU: CON


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