New On-line Connections Between 46 Cities
PHOENIX, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) and Hawaiian Airlines (Amex: HA; PCX) have announced a new code share and marketing partnership that allows both carriers to offer their customers enhanced travel opportunities and streamlined customer services across their combined route networks.
The new agreement provides for reciprocal participation in each carrier's frequent flyer programs as well as America West's code sharing on Hawaiian Airlines flights that link America West's Phoenix hub with the Hawaiian islands of Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kaui and Molokai. The code share and frequent flyer program agreements will become effective on October 11, 2002, with customer bookings beginning in September.
"This alliance gives America West customers a great option for nonstop service to Hawaii and connecting flights to four other islands. And our FlightFund members will be able to earn miles on these transpacific flights and even use their miles to get a free flight to Hawaii," said Scott Kirby, America West's executive vice president, sales and marketing. "We're thrilled to be partnering with Hawaiian Airlines and tapping into its expertise on Hawaii."
John B. Happ, Hawaiian Airlines senior vice president for marketing and sales, said the new partnership will provide significant passenger feed to Hawaiian's new daily nonstop Phoenix-Honolulu service from 40 cities across the country, including New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Denver, Tampa, Salt Lake City and other major travel markets.
"It also offers Hawaiian's frequent flyers a whole new level of access to the rest of the country on America West, the largest low-fare hub-and-spoke airline in the United States. Using our new nonstop Phoenix service to link our two route systems, travelers will be able to connect from anywhere in our Hawaii network to anywhere in America West's network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico -- and vice-versa -- with easy same-terminal connections and seamless customer service," Happ said.
Frequent flyer provisions of the new agreement will allow members of Hawaiian's HawaiianMiles and America West's FlightFund programs to earn mileage credits and use credits for travel awards across the carriers' respective route systems.
Code sharing, which allows a carrier to sell flights on another carrier as its own by attaching its two-letter booking code to the other carrier's flights listed in worldwide computer reservations systems, provides customers with more travel options. At check-in, passengers will receive boarding passes on both airlines for their connecting code share itineraries.
Hawaiian's new nonstop Phoenix service will begin operating on October 11, 2002. The schedule is listed below. Customers will be able to book reservations by calling either airline at 1-800-2-FLY-AWA (1-800-235-9292), 1-800-367-5320 from the U.S. mainland or 1-800-882-8811 from the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian will operate its new Phoenix service out of Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor with state-of-the-art, 252-seat Boeing 767-300ER widebody aircraft, offering the comfort and convenience of a twin-aisle seating configuration in first and coach classes.
Honolulu to Phoenix Phoenix to Honolulu Flight Departure Arrival Flight Departure Arrival 36 10:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 35 10:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m.
Founded in 1929 as Inter-Island Airways, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's largest and longest-serving airline. From its Honolulu hub, Hawaiian serves the Islands of Hawaii with more than 140 daily jet flights aboard an all-new fleet of Boeing 717-200 aircraft. The nation's 13th largest carrier, it also operates nonstop flights to Hawaii from more mainland U.S. points than any other carrier. Hawaiian operates 12 round trip flights a day between Hawaii and eight mainland gateways using widebody DC-10 and new Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Its DC-10 South Pacific service links Honolulu with American Samoa and Tahiti weekly. Hawaiian Airlines has earned numerous international awards for service and most recently was rated the top U.S. carrier overall in the "Premium" category in the 2001 Zagat Survey. Additional information on Hawaiian Airlines is available via the airline's Web site at www.hawaiianair.com .
America West Airlines is the nation's largest low-fare, hub-and-spoke airline. Founded in 1983, it is the only carrier formed since deregulation to achieve major airline status. Today, America West is the nation's eighth- largest carrier and serves 88 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. America West is a wholly owned subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation, an aviation and travel services company with 2001 sales of $2.1 billion.
SOURCE America West Airlines; Hawaiian Airlines
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