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Airline Of The Week:America West Air

Sun Jul 18, 1999 1:05 am

I figured it was time for anoter Airline of the Week, and sence I don't know much about this airline and I Would like to know more about it.

RE: Airline Of The Week:America West Air

Sun Jul 18, 1999 2:02 am

America West is a FULL service airline based out of Phoenix, AZ, America West's largest hub. America West and America West Express serve over 90 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico with two other hubs in Las Vegas, NV and Columbus, OH and several point-to-point destinations along the west coast.

America West is in the middle of a turnaround right now. Things are improving operationally all over the system. Aircraft are better maintained, more and more flights are leaving on-time and less cancellations. America West has won the Best Baggage Handling out of all the airlines two years in a row... they also won the JD Power and Associates award two years in a row for Best Flights under 500 miles a year ago.

Things are going on behind the scenes right now with a possible buyout of TWA by America West Airlines. We're all waiting to hear about that... so as soon as that happens, there will sure be alot more to tell about America West.

RE: Airline Of The Week: America West

Sun Jul 18, 1999 3:17 am

I enjoy following the progress of this great airline. I would never claim that it is a superior airline, but I certainly wouldn't rule that out in the future. This is the only company to attain "major airline" status in the post-deregulation era. This says a lot. They chose a prime location for growth: Phoenix, followed shortly by Las Vegas. Phoenix also happens to be Southwest's largest station--how's that for competition? Southwest has incapacitated many larger airlines and eliminated smaller ones in any competing markets.

In the early nineties America West became an early adopter of Airbus, whose favorable terms and delivery schedule may have helped the airline through its bankruptcy. They operate some early, pre-100 C/N A320s originally destined for Braniff. They always have had lofty aspirations as evidenced by the operation of 747s to places such as Hawaii and Japan. They acquired RR-powered 757s from Northwest after NW's merger with Republic. Unfortunately, this same ambition came back to haunt them during the Gulf War period when fuel prices jumped, and they went under Chapter 11. As they say, whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. HP is now a leaner, more financially stable airline poised to compete in the 21st century. They are increasing frequencies and trying to appeal more to high-yield biz travelers. They are currently receiving brand-new A320s and A319s, which look sharp with new interiors. AWA has finally gotten smart and signed contracts with Maintenance and Flight Attendant unions. A major error in the mid-90s was the outsourcing of heavy MX--they have since admitted the mistake and have increased in-house MX at the PHX facility, although not enough. A successful airline requires happy employees.

I would like to see them get more 757s, since 13 is not enough for efficient hub ops. There was talk of 757 service to Hawaii, but the A/C were never ETOPS-certified (apparently, that kind of thing is costly). They need service in the Southeast US and non-stops to the West Coast from Columbus would be great. The theme-schemes need to go; they are unprofessional and unrecognized (albeit eye-catching [but so is their standard scheme]).

Their 737-100 (Phoenix Suns) is a legend. It was originally operated by Singapore Airlines followed by Air Florida. After that, it went to Venezuela for a stint. America west eventually found it in the tall grass at the end of some runway in Panama (apparently it was used by some drug-lords, so the story goes). Also, it has more rivets in it than the rest of the fleet combined.

The airline has caused no fatalities (although a few old snowbirds have been found D.O.A. in the lavs, ha ha), and their pilots are top notch. I just would like them to get rid of some of the older equipment, or at least paint it. As the titles on the older aircraft fade, they just paint over the maroon letters, making them dark again.

A TWA buyout won't happen unless TWA gives it away. Rumors of mergers always persist. UA was the only serious one. I heard a while ago they were buying ATA and were going to incorporate those 757s into the regular fleet and used the L-1011s and the 727s as a separate charter operation--whatever.

For those of you who have had bad flights on AWA, don't expect Pacific-Rim Flagship service. You should at least get a "Snack-Sack" (how unappealing is that?) on any flight where a movie would be shown (i.e. longer than 3 hrs.) Their first class is, on average, as good as any domestic first class service with good meals yet inconsistent service.

I'm looking forward to seeing this airline grow into a strong, quality company.

Thanks for your time.

RE: Airline Of The Week: America West

Sun Jul 18, 1999 3:33 am

I promise you 24291 a merger with TWA is very possible and it is happening... I work for America West and have good friends at AWA headquarters and they're blabber mouths about what goes on there...

Looking forward to more news about the situation.
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RE: Airline Of The Week: America West

Sun Jul 18, 1999 12:01 pm

I have just looked through the America West home page and I am very disapointed with it. It seems that all this sight point is to sell tickes and give very little info on aircraft, the movie section is very boreing. For one thing United has one of the best airline website and the America West site looks like a way to sell tickes and not care about the people who want to know more


Sun Jul 18, 1999 12:05 pm

I'm sorry but the reason for the web-site is to sell tickets... and the America West web-site gives a complete overview of the entire company, including aircraft. Try clicking on Corporate Information... it tells you the history of the airline as well as current stats. It also completely tells about the aircraft in the fleet and gives you pictures of them as well. Try looking a little deeper before you start complaining about it. Besides, America West is not United and United is not the model airline.

RE: Dc-9-10

Sun Jul 18, 1999 12:13 pm

Hey buddy why don't you drop me an e-mail...


Let's chat so I can give you some correct info...
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RE: Dc-9-10

Sun Jul 18, 1999 12:14 pm

ok ok i see it now. Yes i know that United is not the model airline infact i dont even like United i just overly enjoy there web sight where every thing is there and self explanitory. I have always wanted to fly on America West but living in SD i dont get the oppertunity.
but yes the websight could have some inprovements like many oters such as Delta and US Airways leave something to be desired

RE: Dc-9-10

Sun Jul 18, 1999 12:31 pm

I would like to apolojize to you, Dc-9-10 for getting slightly upset with you because of my personal love for America West... the following is information that can be found on the AWA web-site, which I feel is all the information that can be supplied:

Annual Report
Corporate Fact Sheet (History, Management, Hubs, Employees)
Employment Opportunities
Investor Relations
Inflight Magazine
Press Releases
Stock Quotes
Sec Filings
America West Club
Senior Information
Senior Saver Pack
Conventions and Meetings Information
Inflight Movies
Phone Assistance
Traveling with Pets
Refund Information
America West and Continental Terminals and Concourses at Hub Airports
Minors Traveling Alone
Complete Itinerary Building (Effortless Ticketing Onling)
On-line Specials
This is all quite a bit of information and I honestly can't think of anything else that could be put on the web site. This is not a personal attack on you, I'm just stating the facts because you seem to be mislead.

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RE: Dc-9-10

Sun Jul 18, 1999 12:35 pm

Thanks for all of this info and the time you took to write it up, you must really love your airline like i have a passion for the dc-9 and twa.
i sent an email liked you asked.
i hope every thing goes well with your airline and sorry for being impateint and not being able to find it within my 5th time there

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