Wednesday, May 04, 2005

America West Assists School District

PHOENIX — America West Airlines announced its groundbreaking AWArds for Schools program that will allow schools in the Clark County School District, which is the fifth largest public school district in the country, to benefit when participating America West customers take to the sky.

''As the hometown airline of Las Vegas, we are always looking for ways to give back to the local community,'' said Travis Christ, vice president, marketing. ''We know our customers care deeply about children’s education, and our AWArds for Schools program gives them yet another great reason to fly America West.''

America West’s AWArds for Schools program partnered with the Clark County Public Education Foundation (CCPEF), a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of teaching and learning in southern Nevada. Under the AWArds for Schools program, customers can go to www.americawest.com/AWArdsforSchools to obtain the eCertificate code for the Clark County school of their choice and enter it every time they book air travel with America West online. The airline will then donate one percent of the ticket revenue to that school. The donation is valid for any America West or America West Express flight from any departure or destination city.

“We are proud to get on board with America West and pleased to have rebates benefit our schools and children,” said Judi Steele, CCPEF president

“Anyone who flies on America West, to or from any of our 95 destinations, can be a part of helping the Clark County School District, and we urge customers to invite friends, relatives and neighbors to participate – anyone who is interested in helping out their preferred school simply by flying America West,” said Christ.

America West operates more than 900 flights daily to 95 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. It operates approximately 150 flights a day from Las Vegas to 58 nonstop destinations – more than any other carrier – and several new nonstop routes from Las Vegas have been added this year, including flights to Boise, Idaho; Albuquerque, N.M.; Bakersfield, Calif.; and Pittsburgh.

On May 1, America West launched nonstop service from Las Vegas to Anchorage, Alaska; on May 6, it will launch nonstop service between Las Vegas and Oklahoma City; and on June 17, it will begin nonstop service between Las Vegas and Monterey, Calif. Additional information on can be accessed at www.americawest.com.

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