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Americas West Airlines was a large US based air company based in Tempe, Arizona. In 2005, the company purchased the US Airways Group but took over the US Airways name. America West was the second biggest low-cost operator in the USA after Southwest Airlines and operated around 100 routes in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
As of March 2005, the carrier was operating a total of 132 planes with a unique service center at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Mesa Airlines and Chautauqua Airlines performed local and/or turbo-prop feeds as America West Express on a code-sharing arrangement. From January 2006, all America West services were labeled as US Airways, as were most airport signs and other print products, although many were described as "operated by America West".
" Aside from two historic airplanes, the only America West logo left on airplanes is found on some seats and Scots. It used the America West call signal "CACTUS" and the code provided by ICAO, "AWE", but kept the name US Airways. Following a February 2013 fusion between American Airlines and US Airways that made American the world's biggest carrier, the call signal and ICAO codename were later adopted for retirement on April 8, 2015, when the FAA issued a unique operational certification for both US Airways and American Airlines.
7 ] The US Airways mark remained in place until 17 October 2015, when American Airlines gave up the name. Founded in February 1981, the carrier began operating on August 1, 1983 with three Boeing 737s on lease from its Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) bases, with Ed Beauvais, a well-known aviation consulting firm, as chief executive officer.
In the first few years, air travelers could buy their seats on the plane. Until 1985 America West had grown out of its gatehouse at Sky Harbor International Airport, and during the building of Terminal 4, which had been licensed in 1986, a provisional hall was added at the southwestern edge of Terminal 3 to give them six more gatehouses (eleven by 1990).
In 1986, the airline's fast-paced expansion continues, and it expands its portfolio significantly, particularly with Boeing 757-200s acquired by Northwest Airlines (following the takeover of Republic Airlines by Northwest) and a series of de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 turbo-prop planes for the Phoenix and Las Vegas services, which include services to Grand Canyon National Park Airport.
It also began to operate red-eye services from Las Vegas to improve capacity use. The fast pace of America West's expansion led to large operational deficits, and in 1986 the firm was on the brink of insolvency. Initially, the carrier was to fill the overwhelming bulk of the Terminal 4 gate, but had to cut its Phoenix involvement to just 28, with expanding Southwest Airlines willing to rent the rest of Terminal 4.
6% interest in America West. Ansett used his leverage and investments in America West Airlines in 1989 to get them to operate three planes in charters after Australia's pilot laid down their job due to a quarrel (not a strike) with the Australia administration that governed the country's aviation sector.
Chronicles Der Down UnderWare Chronicles America West Pilotartikel. Exploring targets outside the United States, America West registered a Phoenix to Sydney itinerary with the U.S. Department of Transportation to connect with the now non-existent Ansett Airlines in Australia. Americas West chartered four Boeing 747-200s (formerly KLM operated) and began non-stop wide-body 747 services between Phoenix and Honolulu, Hawaii, and non-stop services between Honolulu and Nagoya, Japan.
747 was the only wide-body airplane ever powered by America West. Because of the combination, America West was compelled to declare itself bankrupt in June 1991. From 1991 to 1994 America West had gone bankrupt. In the course of the reorganisation, the staff shares were no longer valuable, the 747s and Dash 8s were divested to the carrier and the total size of the company's portfolio was significantly reduced to 87 planes.
The Hawaii and Nagoya lines were shut down and the America West Feeders to smaller towns and smaller domestic market were awarded to Mesa Airlines, which began operating as America West Express with RJ and turbo-props. The America West cabin crew organized themselves in 1993 and ended the mutual use of account managers, cabin crew and floor operatives.
A number of service and education activities previously carried out by America West itself were contracted out during the year. America West eventually managed to ensure a reorganisation in 1994 that allowed them to get out of business, with a large part of the carrier being in the possession of a Mesa and Continental partner carrier, resulting in code-sharing arrangements with those carriers.
In order to revive the carrier after it went bankrupt, there were a number of changes noticeable to consumers, such as a new colour scheme plus logotype (used until the US Airways merger), new paintwork, e-tickets and on-line ticketing in 1996. Ordering Airbus A 320s, the carrier began phasing out its older Boeing 737-200s.
America West opened an Eastern Seaboard turnstile at Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, in the 1990' with Chautauqua Airlines and Mesa Airlines to offer charter and short-haul services through code-sharing arrangements in conjunction with the regular airline jets. One America West America was at the crossroads in an area previously used for a TWA Ambassadors' club.
America West Airlines shut down its Port Columbus hubs in 2003 and reduced the number of regular services from almost 50 to 4. In the second half of 2005, America West began mergers with US Airways, which was then in bankruptcy. However, the Group' s organic business model was a reversed combination, with the previous US Airways activities being taken over from those of America West.
America West Club was re-named US Airways Club in October 2005. The new America West planes were supplied in the new US Airways paintwork, older planes were painted new (while maintaining the interior of America West). Gateways and ticketing desks were merged at the two airline operating airfields, supported by the transmission of all US Airways bookings to the Shares computer system used by America West (US Airways had previously used a completely different Sabre system).
Expressway services were all labeled as US Airways Expressway, and the planes were no longer limited to operation from their pre-merger hub (America West planes could serve Philadelphia other than Phoenix and Las Vegas). In September 2007, the operational certifications of the two carriers were united. Following the initial use of the call sign "CACTUS" for the western and " USAIR" for the eastern fleets, since September 2008 all aeroplanes have been operated under a common call sign "CACTUS" and with the ICAO call sign "AWE".
Previous America West aeroplanes were differentiated from US Airways pre-merger aeroplanes by the use of registration with the suffix "-AW", while US Airways pre-merger aeroplanes used registration with the suffix "-US". Later in 2013, US Airways would be merged with American Airlines, whereby the former call sign America West and the 2015 Code of Conduct of ICAO were decommissioned (in addition to the US Airways brand).
The Phoenix hubs of America West have stayed with American Airlines unchanged. The remaining orders for America West aircrafts were assigned to the combined US Airways unit. According to the FAA, planes count exactly until December 2006 [update]. The following jetliners and turbo-prop jets were used for America West Express operations, mainly by Mesa Airlines through a code-sharing arrangement with America West:
Chautauqua Airways was operating Embraer ERJ-145s on America West Express flights through a code-sharing arrangement. 14 ] In 2006, FlightFund was amalgamated with the US Airways Dividend Miles programme. Dividend Miles (formerly FlightFund) programs: In January 2007, America West concluded bargaining negotiations with the following airlines:
Americas West had sponsoring alliances with the Phoenix Suns NBA squad, the 2001 World Series Champions Arizona Diamondbacks ball game squad and the Arizona Cardinals NFL squad. America West in 1992 payed $26 million for the 30-year name of the Phoenix Suns Home Justice Tribunal, which she called America West Arena.
From the time of its fusion with US Airways, the US Airways Center was named until it was re-named Walking Stick Resort arenas (not to be mixed up with the USAir Center in Prince George's County, Maryland, which was destroyed in 2002). There were four occurrences on America West's plane, but it never had a fatal crash.
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