America West Airlines Granted Antitrust Immunity With Royal Jordanian

America West Is the Only U.S. Carrier Marketing Nonstop Code-Share Service

Between the U.S. and Jordan

Feb 09, 2005, 00:00 ET from America West Airlines

    PHOENIX, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- America West Airlines
 (NYSE:   AWA), the nation's second largest low-cost carrier, today announced
 that it has received U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) antitrust
 immunity for its alliance with code-share partner Royal Jordanian, the
 full-service, international carrier serving more than 50 destinations in the
 Middle East, Far East, North Africa, Europe and North America.  The DOT
 approval, issued on January 27, 2005, represents a historic milestone in the
 evolving U.S. aviation industry, as America West becomes the first low-cost
 carrier ever granted antitrust immunity with another carrier.
     The DOT approval benefits customers by making possible faster connections
 and the addition of new travel destinations as the two carriers are now able
 to coordinate schedules, jointly serve existing markets and identify new
 markets for expansion.  The arrangement also improves efficiencies as both
 carriers realize economies of scale and are able to offer joint fares that
 previously were not available.  International passengers will have the
 opportunity to earn frequent flyer miles in one program of their choice
 instead of maintaining multiple accounts.
     America West and Royal Jordanian entered into a comprehensive marketing
 alliance in 2004 that included reciprocal code-sharing, frequent flyer
 benefits and lounge access rights.  Under the arrangement, which allowed
 America West to begin placing its code on Royal Jordanian flights between New
 York/JFK, Chicago/O'Hare, Detroit and Amman, Jordan, America West became the
 only U.S. carrier able to sell nonstop code-share service between the U.S. and
 Jordan, saving customers traveling to the Middle East valuable time versus
 connecting through Europe.  Royal Jordanian, which began service to the U.S.
 in 1977, expanded its presence there by placing its code on America West
 domestic flights.
     "The DOT grant of antitrust immunity allows us to build on the successful
 relationship we began with Royal Jordanian last year and further strengthen
 our presence in international markets," said Scott Kirby, America West's
 executive vice president of sales and marketing.  "America West is the only
 low-cost carrier that partners with international airlines and these
 partnerships help us take our passengers to more destinations around the world
 than any of our low-cost competitors," he added.
     Samer Majali, vice chairman, president & CEO of Royal Jordanian, said:
 "Jordan was the first non-European country to sign an open skies agreement
 with the United States, and Royal Jordanian is looking forward to closer
 commercial cooperation with America West.  U.S. customers already benefit from
 our code-share agreement by flying nonstop to Jordan instead of through
 Europe.  Now we will be able to work more closely with America West to improve
 service and provide greater benefits for both airlines' passengers."
     In addition to the code-share benefits, members of America West's
 award-winning FlightFund program and Royal Jordanian's Royal Plus program can
 accrue and redeem miles on all scheduled flights operated by either airline,
 and America West Club members and Royal Jordanian elite members receive access
 to both airlines' lounges.  To book a ticket, customers may call America West
 at 1-800-2-FLY-AWA (1-800-235-9292) or contact their travel agent.  For
 additional information, customers may also visit
     Code-sharing provides customers with more travel options by allowing one
 carrier to sell flights on another carrier by attaching its two-letter booking
 code to the other carrier's flights listed in worldwide computer reservations
 systems and online travel sites.
     Royal Jordanian was founded in 1963 by the late King Hussein to be "a
 bridge between peoples."  Today, the airline continues to fulfill that wish
 with year-round Airbus 340 flights nonstop from New York, Chicago and Detroit
 to Amman, in the heart of the Middle East, and with numerous connecting
 flights from modern Queen Alia Airport to cities across the entire Middle East
 and Far East.
     America West Airlines is the nation's second largest low-cost airline and
 offers a range of services such as first class, assigned seating, airport
 clubs and an award-winning frequent flyer program.  America West's
 13,000 employees serve 55,000 customers a day on approximately 900 flights to
 96 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.  This press
 release and additional information on America West can be accessed at (AWAG)
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