Passenger Saved by Defibrillator on America West Flight

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from America West Airlines

    PHOENIX, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A state-of-the-art Automatic External
 Defibrillator (AED) was used to save a passenger's life recently aboard
 America West Airlines (NYSE:   AWA) flight 893 from Phoenix to Wichita, Kan.
 This is the first time an AED has been used on a passenger in full cardiac
 arrest on an America West flight.
     America West Airlines was one of the first airlines to voluntarily install
 the Heartstream FR2 on its entire fleet.  The installation was completed last
 fall.  Since that time, the FAA has required all airlines to install AEDs by
 April 2004.
     After discovering an unconscious passenger with no pulse, America West
 flight attendants prepared to administer the AED.  A paramedic and two doctors
 who were on board assisted in treating the passenger.  The AED delivered two
 electronic pulses, which restored the passenger's heartbeat.  Upon landing,
 the passenger was transported to a hospital in Wichita and has since been
 released.
 
     America West Airlines, the nation's ninth-largest carrier, serves
 92 destinations with more than 900 daily departures in the U.S., Canada and
 Mexico.  Along with its codeshare partners, America West serves more than
 180 destinations worldwide.  America West Airlines is a wholly owned
 subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation, an aviation and travel
 services company with 2000 sales of $2.3 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.
 
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SOURCE America West Airlines
    PHOENIX, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A state-of-the-art Automatic External
 Defibrillator (AED) was used to save a passenger's life recently aboard
 America West Airlines (NYSE:   AWA) flight 893 from Phoenix to Wichita, Kan.
 This is the first time an AED has been used on a passenger in full cardiac
 arrest on an America West flight.
     America West Airlines was one of the first airlines to voluntarily install
 the Heartstream FR2 on its entire fleet.  The installation was completed last
 fall.  Since that time, the FAA has required all airlines to install AEDs by
 April 2004.
     After discovering an unconscious passenger with no pulse, America West
 flight attendants prepared to administer the AED.  A paramedic and two doctors
 who were on board assisted in treating the passenger.  The AED delivered two
 electronic pulses, which restored the passenger's heartbeat.  Upon landing,
 the passenger was transported to a hospital in Wichita and has since been
 released.
 
     America West Airlines, the nation's ninth-largest carrier, serves
 92 destinations with more than 900 daily departures in the U.S., Canada and
 Mexico.  Along with its codeshare partners, America West serves more than
 180 destinations worldwide.  America West Airlines is a wholly owned
 subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation, an aviation and travel
 services company with 2000 sales of $2.3 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.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X57402867
 
 SOURCE  America West Airlines

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