Airline offering bonus miles for donations, employees volunteering in relief effort
PHOENIX, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — America West Airlines (NYSE:AWA) today announced it is encouraging its FlightFund members to participate in the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina by offering members 500 miles for every $50 donation made to the American Red Cross relief efforts. The offer is good through Oct. 31, 2005.
In addition, the airline’s Miles of Hope program, through which the flying public may donate FlightFund miles to four national nonprofit organizations (the American Red Cross, Angel Flight, Fisher House Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation), is also being re-marketed to encourage additional mileage donation for relief efforts. Donated miles are used to fulfill each organization’s mission. Mileage donations are accepted in 1,000-mile increments and can be made online at the airline’s Web site at www.americawest.com/awa/content/myawa/myamwest/donateMilesForm.aspx. To receive mileage under the Hurricane relief initiative, FlightFund members must:
* Make a donation to the American Red Cross at
* Mail or fax the donation receipt, FlightFund account number, name,
address, phone number and e-mail address to the FlightFund Service
America West Airlines
FFD Hurricane Relief Offer
4000 E. Sky Harbor Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
New FlightFund memberships can be requested at the airline’s Web site at http://www.americawest.com/awa/profiles/Enterprofileinfo.aspx
The airline is taking other steps to assist with relief efforts, including:
* Participating in the ATA’s (Air Transport Association) assistance in
evacuating New Orleans, La. America West has made available a 150-seat
Airbus A320 aircraft for relief flights to and from New Orleans as
* America West has also made a $10,000 donation on behalf of its
employees to the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, and its
employee volunteer group, the “Do Crew,” will be helping Red Cross
chapters in Phoenix and Las Vegas with fundraising efforts by providing
volunteers for telethons that will be held in the two cities
“With so much help needed right away, there are ways all of us can help, big and small. We, like the rest of our country, are humbled to be a part of such a massive humanitarian effort,” said Doug Parker, chairman, president and CEO of America West.
Approximately 60,000 customers upgrade their low-fare experience every day when they get on board America West. The airline’s 14,000 employees are proud to offer a range of services including more destinations than any other low- cost carrier, first-class cabins, assigned seating, airport clubs and an award-winning frequent flyer program. America West operates over 900 flights daily to more than 90 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. This press release and additional information on America West can be accessed at http://www.americawest.com/.
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