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AWA Adds Cities

Tue Jul 16, 2002 11:03 am

Very nice to out US air.
PHOENIX, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA - News) announced today that it will initiate new nonstop roundtrip flights between its main hub in Phoenix and Medford, Ore. on Oct. 1, 2002; flights to/from Billings, Mont.; Calgary, Canada; and Pittsburgh will begin Oct. 27; and service at Washington Dulles International Airport will begin on Dec. 1, 2002. The airline will also provide service between its Las Vegas hub and Washington Dulles International Airport beginning Dec. 26, 2002.

"America West is initiating service in five markets that do not have significant low-fare competition. We expect our new fare structure, with no Saturday night stay and lower business fares, to be particularly attractive to customers in these historically high-fare markets," said Scott Kirby, executive vice president, sales and marketing.

Customers in these new markets have the opportunity to connect to dozens of destinations across the United States, Canada and Mexico where America West serves 88 destinations.

Flights to/from Pittsburgh, Washington/Dulles and Calgary will be provided by America West Airlines utilizing Airbus A319 aircraft which feature seating for 12 in First Class and 112 in the main cabin. Flights between Phoenix and Medford and Billings will be provided by America West Express, which is operated by Mesa Air Group, and will utilize the popular 50-seat regional jet.

The schedule for flights in the new cities is listed below.

Phoenix to Medford
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
6383 10:33 a.m. 12:51 p.m. Oct. 1
6387 7:11 p.m. 9:29 p.m. Oct. 1

Medford to Phoenix
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
6380 6:00 a.m. 8:19 a.m. Oct. 2
6384 2:16 p.m. 4:34 p.m. Oct. 1

Phoenix to Billings
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
6311 10:20 a.m. 12:40 p.m. Oct. 27
6317 3:55 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Oct. 27

Billings to Phoenix
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
6316 8:17 a.m. 10:37 a.m. Oct. 28
6310 1:55 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Oct. 27

Phoenix to Calgary
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
247 5:00 p.m. 8:04 p.m. Oct. 27

Calgary to Phoenix
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
944 6:35 a.m. 8:25 a.m. Oct. 28

Phoenix to Pittsburgh
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
959 9:55 a.m. 4:03 p.m. Oct. 27
955 3:45 p.m. 9:53 p.m. Oct. 27

Pittsburgh to Phoenix
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
954 8:05 a.m. 10:25 a.m. Oct. 28
956 5:00 p.m. 7:20 p.m. Oct. 27

Phoenix to Washington/Dulles
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
851 10:04 a.m. 4:34 p.m. Dec. 1
855 1:00 p.m. 7:23 p.m. Dec. 1

Washington/Dulles to Phoenix
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
856 6:45 p.m. 9:32 p.m. Dec. 1
850 8:05 a.m. 10:46 a.m. Dec. 2

Las Vegas to Washington/Dulles
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
859 11:25 p.m. 6:55 a.m. Dec. 26

Washington/Dulles to Las Vegas
Flight Departure Arrival Start Date
858 8:20 p.m. 10:21 p.m. Dec. 26

For more information or to make a reservation, contact your professional travel agent or America West at 1-800-2-FLY-AWA (1-800-235-9292). Reservation and information services are also available at . Customers will receive 3,000 FlightFund bonus miles when they book any ticket at and travel by Dec. 31, 2002. Customers can sign up for FlightFund, the airline's worldwide frequent flyer program, at or by calling the FlightFund Service Center at 1-800-247-5691.


RE: AWA Adds Cities

Tue Jul 16, 2002 12:06 pm

Yipee....more mainline cities, its always nice to see some mainline flights addeds to the schedule since as of late they have mostly been RJ's.
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RE: AWA Adds Cities

Tue Jul 16, 2002 3:44 pm

Woo Hoo...that Pittsburgh news is about time. It was well over due for us to get some, well ANY, western service from another carrier other than US. It was either gonna be AWA to PHX or Frontier or UAL to DEN. We have AirTran for the east (even tho they lost hope for PIT as a focus city...PIT-MDW should have been kept), Vanguard for the Mid-West, and AWA for the West.

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RE: AWA Adds Cities

Tue Jul 16, 2002 9:32 pm

medford and bilings are interesting, as both are rather, shall we say, unacustomed to mainline service. Wonder if there is actualy enough traffic from these cities. Also wonder what will happend to the more independent regional flying to these cities (Horizon, Big Sky)
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RE: AWA Adds Cities

Tue Jul 16, 2002 10:34 pm

Medford and BIllings are Rj service by Mesa. However, Billings sees tons of mainline service (well it did before 9-11) Delta flew MD-90s in from SLC, United had 737s to DEN and NW flew DC-9s to MSP. I think AWA will do well in BIL.
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RE: AWA Adds Cities

Wed Jul 17, 2002 1:13 am

Medford currently receives UA 737 service.

AWX is continuing the strategy that has been pursued quite well in California, provide an alternative connecting hub for secondary cities. Combined with AWA's new lower fare structure, Medford and Billings could both see an uptick in passenger counts.

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RE: AWA Adds Cities

Mon Jul 22, 2002 4:48 am

I just returned from HSV via DL through Billings (basically the major airport in my area) and was so happy to hear the news! For those of you that think BIL does not have a lot of service, take notice to what they get:

Delta: MD-90s (SLC)
SkyWest (Delta Connection): CRJ-200s (SLC)
United: 737-300s (DEN)
Air Wisconsin (United Express): BAe 146-100s (DEN)
Horizon: F-28-4000s (SEA)
Northwest: DC-9-30s, -40s, -50s (MSP, GTF, FCA)
Big Sky: Metro IIIs and 23s (GQ's mega hub, basically a whole lot of destinations)

New Service beginning October 27:
America West: CRJ-200s (PHX)

Ameriflight: assortment of turboprops
Corporate Air: assortment of turboprops
UPS: 757-200s (SWF, DEN, etc..)
Airborne Express: DC-9s (ILN, GTF, etc..)
FedEx: Fokker F-27 (unknown destinations)
Great Lakes Airlines Cargo: B1900Ds (MSO, DEN)

And BIL gets lots of GA traffic from anything from a Citation to a GV to a 757 and occasional large charters (Sierra Pacific 737-200s usually) for firefighters.

I'm going to try and get on the inagural flight between BIL and PHX on October 27th. Currently its quoted as only $283 r/t on for departing on the 27th and returning on the 28th!

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RE: AWA Adds Cities

Mon Jul 22, 2002 5:29 am

I am along with pgh234. I am thrilled to see Pittsburgh!!! I hope they actually survive. Does anyone know what gates they will use? Thanks in advance!
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RE: AWA Adds Cities

Mon Jul 22, 2002 7:21 am

This PIT service is great! However, I know first hand from experience that HP doesn't exactly price out its low yield fares on the consistency that Frontier, WN and Air Tran do. So how well this route will do should be interesting. But after all the low fare seats go and they are charging comparable US fares...I wonder who will choose what.
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RE: AWA Adds Cities

Mon Jul 22, 2002 9:04 am

Is the start of these RJ flights timed with the delivery of their new CRJ700 deliveries, allowing Mesa to start these flights with the CRJ200s, or are they diverting these aircraft from other routes? Thanks and best of luck to HP.

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RE: AWA Adds Cities

Tue Jul 23, 2002 6:07 pm

I made a post here ( about the email I received when I contacted HP regarding whether they would use -200s or -700s on the Medford and Billings routes....


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