AWA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1007 times:
America West Announces Customer Service Initiatives;Plan Includes Schedule Reductions to Improve Airline's Reliability
PHOENIX, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) today announced a series of customer service initiatives directed at improving the airline's reliability and its customers' airport and flying experience. As part of the plan, effective immediately, America West will temporarily reduce its flight schedule to reduce cancellations and improve on-time performance.
"During the past several months we have undertaken a fundamental and comprehensive overhaul of all aspects of our operation to assure that our team and the airline's infrastructure were upgraded to support our strategic expansion and to allow America West to continue to grow and be successful," said Doug Parker, president. "We expected the process to be challenging, but it has taken longer than anticipated and, at many times, been very painful for our customers and employees."
"While our strategic growth plan has benefited travelers by creating price competition and expanding travel opportunities, it has presented a series of challenges for us," added Parker. "As a result, we have not performed to our standards nor met the expectations of our customers. We are confident that the initiatives announced today will improve the reliability of America West Airlines in the very near term, create the flexibility we need to complete the restructuring of our operations and respond to our customers' needs for reliable, on-time, affordable travel."
The specific reliability initiatives announced today include:
-- A reduction in scheduled flying. Beginning immediately, America West
temporarily will reduce the number of scheduled aircraft by four to
provide additional spare aircraft to substitute for others that may not
be available because of maintenance requirements, weather or air
traffic control and to increase access to aircraft for
reliability-related maintenance. The removal of four aircraft from
America West's schedule will reduce the number of daily flights
operated by the airline from 880 to 863, a 3.5 percent decrease in
daily capacity (measured by available seat miles), which should reduce
customer inconvenience during irregular operations.
-- A restructured approach to America West's existing line maintenance
operation, including increased staffing, parts provisioning, automation
and support. This initiative has two key features. First, a new team
will focus on the prompt return to service of aircraft that require
unexpected or unplanned reliability-related maintenance. Second,
the planning, engineering support and resources available for America
West's overnight maintenance operation (the work period when most of
the routine maintenance is performed on the airline's fleet) will be
increased. Providing improved organization and greater resources to
support the line maintenance operation should reduce flight
cancellations and delays.
-- Increasing America West's capacity to perform preventative and
reliability-related maintenance. America West temporarily will add
two additional aircraft maintenance lines to increase the efficiency of
performance of preventative and regularly scheduled maintenance. One
of the two operations will be located in America West's facilities in
Columbus, Ohio and will focus on reliability-related maintenance for
the airline's Airbus fleet. The other will perform similar work on the
Boeing 737 fleet at a location to be determined within the next few
-- The use of new automation to optimize the provisioning of spare parts
and components. America West maintains an inventory of more than
200 million of spare parts. Improved automation now being installed
should assure more efficient and effective deployment of the airline's
spares inventory throughout America West's system of six maintenance
bases and eleven other maintenance locations, consequently reducing
cancellations and delays.
-- An increase in ramp personnel in Phoenix and Las Vegas. The wage and
benefit programs included in the collective bargaining agreement
reached this spring with America West's fleet service employees have
begun to reduce turnover among this important work group and have
facilitated an aggressive recruiting campaign. America West expects to
increase its ramp force staffing by 20 percent in the immediate future.
Increasing staffing levels on the ramp should reduce ground delays and
significantly improve America West's baggage handling.
-- Implementation of a program to increase the efficiency of America
West's hub operation at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This
comprehensive effort includes 36 separate initiatives all focused on
reducing ground time and, therefore, delays of aircraft transitioning
In addition to the operational reliability improvements, America West is implementing a number of other important initiatives designed to improve customer satisfaction including:
-- Enhancements in automation of the passenger re-accommodation process,
as well as the addition of personnel and ticket counter space at
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Las Vegas McCarran
International Airport to reduce the time spent processing changes to
passenger itineraries in the event of cancellations or delays.
-- Increased focus on America West's Customers First service plan. The
company has deployed a new team with exclusive responsibilities to
develop innovative approaches to Customers First initiatives and ensure
that the airline is exceeding its twelve commitments under this
-- The creation of a new officer position, Vice President - Customers. In
addition to overseeing America West's Customers First program and
customers, has become the advocate on behalf of the airline's customers
on the airline's senior management team and for all strategic decisions
made by the company.
-- Reducing the average level to which flights are booked beyond capacity
by 10 percent to allow the airline to more effectively manage
inventories and reduce denied boardings while these new initiatives are
"We expect these initiatives to have a very positive near term effect on the airline's reliability and customer service," said Parker. "While we will continue to face operational challenges outside of our control, including air traffic control and weather delays, by organizing our flying to be more consistent with the capacity of our operation we should improve customer confidence and reduce the pressure of irregular operations on our employees. We are committed to maintaining our industry leading safety record, to solving our airline's reliability problems, to delivering a product in which our employees can take pride and that will earn back our customers' loyalty, and to continuing America West's growth -- and to delivering the benefits of that growth to our customers, employees and shareholders."
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act that involve risks and uncertainties, including competitive practices in the industry, relationships with employees, the impact of industry regulation and other factors described from time to time in the company's publicly available SEC reports, which could cause actual results to differ materially.
America West Airlines, the nation's ninth-largest carrier, serves 88 destinations with more than 860 daily departures in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Along with its codeshare partners, America West serves more than 100 destinations worldwide. America West Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation, an aviation and travel services company with 1999 sales of $2.2 billion.
This press release, as well as releases issued in the past year by America West Holdings and its affiliates, can be accessed on the America West Internet site at www.americawest.com.
SOURCE America West Airlines
CO: America West Holdings Corporation; America West Airlines
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 873 times:
America West is a horrible airline, which cannot manage growth properly,
and deserves the title of being America's Worst Airline. I switched from a
Continental Airlines flight at PHX to an America West flight last fall, on
my way to Oakland, CA. My America West flight was cancelled, I was
rebooked on a flight through Las Vegas to SFO instead. Vegas to SFO
flight cancelled, then put on later flight, delayed three hours. Filthy
airplanes, thoroughly unprofessional, unmotivated, and obnoxious
staff, and I seriously question America West's safety record, given the
fines it has incurred over the years.
I think it's great to CO code shares with them, but they have no choice
but to take over ticketing and customer service to ensure adequate
and consistent levels of service. Perhaps America West will learn a thing
or two about service from TWA as well.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14 Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 869 times:
Never said Continental was perfect. Read the post carefully. You will also
see that in previous posts on other topics, I have maintained that CO is
by no means "perfect" and has what I perceive to be only above average
Bernsa From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 91 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 863 times:
They just announced where the flight cutbacks will be:
America West is cutting only one route: Columbus, Ohio, to Los Angeles. The other cuts will involve reduced frequencies. For example, the number of flights between Phoenix and Kansas City, Mo., and between Phoenix and Oakland will be reduced from five to four per day.
As an aside, my friend traveled out on HP EWR-PHX-SLC and said he had a very good experience. Of course they gave him a free upgrade to first class on EWR-PHX so he wasn't about to complain... he said there were 0 problems aside from confusion as to whether he was booked on AWA or Continental since they both had flights to PHX at the same time. Return was through MSP on NW.
24291 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 851 times:
The first step towards recovery is admitting you have a problem.
For those most familiar with the company, it is amazing to hear management admit there are fundamental problems not only with the product but, perhaps more importantly, that employees need to be given more respect.
It will be very interesting to see how the balance sheet is affected. It just blows me away that they are reserving perfectly good aircraft for spares. That is a complete 180 degree change in philosophy. I think they sold Golf Vacations to recoupe some of the negative affect. I hope they stick it out long enough to see positive affects.
YWG777 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1264 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 847 times:
I wish AWA would add more flights to the Canadian market. It sucks that AWA planes get maintanced in YWG and there is not even a passenger flight out of YWG. Another thing is AWA is not a perfect airline. Non of the airlines in the world are perfect. Every has some mistakes that they make.
Why won't AWA fly to YWG?
SKYTEAM From France, joined Nov 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 843 times:
I Agree with ContinentalEWR, America Worst is horrible!!!!! As you have probably seen in my trip report the Airbus 320 I flew on the other day was Filthy, and the seats were killing my back. Also America Worst is very unorganized. Makes United look good.
AWA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 843 times:
As much I love hearing ContinentalEWR and SKYTEAM bitch, I'm gonna have to say SHUT UP! This post was not meant for you... it was meant to inform people that care of the changes taking affect, implemented by our Management team, that is going to drastically improve our airline! If I wanted an AWA bashing session, I simply would have started a post called "WHY ContinentalEWR AND SKYTEAM FEEL AWA IS NOT AS GOOD AS DELTA OR CONTINENTAL"
ContinentalEWR, you sound like a very intelligent person with a lot of knowledge so I really have nothing against you. You have an opinion, however this wasn't the correct post to express your opinions.
SKYTEAM, I don't like you at all... just like many other people on this forum can't stand you. You post the same ridiculous posts everyday about Delta being the best, and that's about it. The rest of the words in your posts are just a bunch of mumble that doesn't make sense or is usually irrelevant to the post.
OK, so if there are any people reading this post, such as other AWA employees or people that care about the improvement of America West, let's talk about it. But if not, go on to another post and stop filling this thread up with a bunch of garbage.
FlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2268 posts, RR: 11 Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 835 times:
America West's improvement plans are very intriguing. I hope that America West is successful in implementing their new intiatives, and are able to regain customer loyalty. I believe America West's new president, and the admitting of the airline's faults, is a good start. Something that was of particular interest to me was the addition of two new maintenance lines. In the press release, it says they will be temporary. Shouldn't the addition of these bases be permentant? How exactly do they plan on continuing to successfully maintain aircraft in the long run, if the facilities are temporary? Other than that, I believe they have a good plan, and an exceptional challenge aheard of them. The best of luck to America West.
YWG777 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1264 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 834 times:
I agree with AWA320. Thats enough of this bull******.
Know I think AWA320 has every right to post a topic about AWA. I Think they are a good airline. I enjoy taking shots of them when they are here in YWG(Winnipeg Manitoba Canada). Does any know if AWA will add a YWG-PHX or a YWG-LAS route?
Keep up the good work AWA320!!!
Sforamper From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 114 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 828 times:
Maybe some people fear a complete turnaround here ah?
where were u EWR when continental was in a similar situation?
I m quite pleased with the new AW plan and honestly surprised that the new president took this step already after a few days on the job, maybe he sees it like most of us employees see it and not like franke.
AC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 827 times:
The maintenance lines may be temporary additions, but I think the idea is to take out the backlog left by putting checks off as long as possible, not so much the need for lines to handle a regular rotation.
I was surprised to see them cut the number of flights and overbooking, but I'm cautiously optimistic about it. Nothing saying it will happen, but a turnaround isn't impossible, look at what CO did...
YWG777, you're certainly enthusiastic, but a little impatient, you don't have to ask about a YWG route every time you see an AWA topic. Using pax flights to shuttle aircraft up for work wouldn't pan out right now because of the way AWA handles it's FAA paperwork.
SKYTEAM From France, joined Nov 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 813 times:
ContinentalEWR, and I have had our disagreements, But we pretty much agree with each other on America West. The comments you made like "As much I love hearing ContinentalEWR and SKYTEAM B****, and I'm gonna have to say SHUT UP!" Is against the Airliners.net Terms Of Service, and You have been reported.
Its amazing how low your level of maturity is. It is also amazing on how your are about the only one who doesent like me. Are their some issues here? I would like to know why you say I post the same same ridiculous posts everyday about Delta being the best. I do not recall posting something about Delta every single day I have been on here. Your comments about my posts being a bunch of mumble, and irrelevant to the post are your own opinion. Every person in this world have a right to their own opinion, and I respect you for stating your opinion, But you will have to pay just like John Rocker.
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 13 Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 814 times:
To all of those who said that "America West is a horrible airline", I think that (in more words, and not exactly that harsh of words) HP just admitted that in their lengthy press release. They admitted that "their service was not up to their customer's expectations''. They are willing to sacrifice profit (by cutting 17 flights, hiring more workers, and increasing wages) to improve it!
I think America West proves here that they are an airline on the mend, and with some luck, hard work, and persistence, they could be the next "Cinderella Airline" (from worst to first), like Continental.
AWA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 811 times:
Many of us that criticize others, like myself, work at Headquarters in an office... thank GOD, because if I worked the line still I would probably go crazy and hurt people... maybe like you?
I'm sorry I went off on you like that SKYTEAM, I'm just sick of every single post on this message board turning into something OTHER than the topic listed. It gets annoying when trying to carry on a discussion about a certain topic when other things, such as unwanted complaints, pop up!
TurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 798 times:
I have flown America West three times and all trips I was pleased with the service.
1st trip on AWA was spring of 96'. We left STL on a 737-300, and got to PHX on time. Since my family and I agreed to get bumped off the overbooked flight to LAS, we recieved a free lunch at a nice restaurant at PHX and the free tickets to use on a later date. Then our equipment to LAS was the Phoenix Suns 757. It was a great flight and we flew over the Grand Canyon. On the way back, we got the Ohio Livery 757 from LAS to PHX and another 737 back to STL.
2nd trip was to SAN. Our flight out of STL was supposed to leave at 10:30 to LAS. But we got bumped again and were put at the Henry 8th for the night. In the morning we went to PHX on a 737 and once again were on time. Our flight to SAN at PHX was an old livery A320. Good flight, and very quiet engines!!
On the way back, we left at 9:30 pm on a 737 and got to LAS at 10:35. Layover at LAS was an hour and got to STL on a 737 at 4:30 AM!!!
3rd trip on America West was 737 out of STL using the free vouchers to LGB. The plane left STL at 4pm and got to PHX bout 5 minutes late. Left PHX for LGB and got there near on time. Hard landing though. Returning flight was a 737 to PHX and 737 to STL
All flights had superb service
TranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 525 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 794 times:
It's sad that AWA has gotten so bad. I flew them in 1983 or 1984 when they were first starting out between ABQ and LAX through PHX. (They only served about 10 cities or so). They only operated 737-200s and promised low fare with full service. Great food, great service and happy staff. They've come a long way, but have really sacrificed service. That's in comparison with Southwest which I also flew extensively in the early 1980's. They also only flew to about 10-15 cities at that time. However, when I have flown them recently their service is still efficient, their planes clean and their staff energetic. Interesting comparison.
Sforamper From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 114 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 792 times:
Dont go soft on me now AWA320 I was gonna put money on you in 3 rounds or less.....lol
Anyway SKYTEAM I read your trip report and appreciated how objective you were, when I saw that you were gonna fly us I expected something like the food was rotten or female attendants with hairy legs etc. We never denied the problems and are glad something has began to happen in order to correct em,
I was the first to criticize HP as far as expanding so fast, adding cities every month when we could hardly keep up with the current ones now the new measurements prove me right and hopefully will pay off soon, Now by no means is this a peace treatie you launch your scuds we ll launch the patriots.