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Contact: Elise Eberwein
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2005
AMERICA WEST REPORTS SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
Airline Posts Quarterly Profit
|||Net profit for the second quarter 2005 was $13.9 million or $0.29 per diluted share versus a net profit of $10.7 million or $0.20 per diluted share for the Companys second quarter 2004. Excluding special items, the airlines second quarter 2005 net income was $20.9 million or $0.41 per diluted share versus $3.5 million or $0.07 per share in the second quarter of 2004.|
|||Passenger revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 11.9 percent compared to the same period last year, which was driven by a 6.5 percent increase in yield and a 4.0 point increase in load factor.|
|||Operating cost per available seat mile (CASM) increased 12.2 percent to 8.58 cents from 7.65 cents from the same period last year, primarily driven by a 43.0 percent increase in average fuel price. CASM excluding fuel, fuel hedging and special items increased 2.7 percent to 6.17 cents from the same period last year.|
|||Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash at the end of the Companys second quarter 2005 was $413.9 million, of which $322.3 million was unrestricted.|
PHOENIXAmerica West Holdings Corporation (NYSE:AWA), parent company of America West Airlines, Inc., today reported second quarter 2005 net income of $13.9 million or $0.29 per diluted share. This compares to a net profit of $10.7 million or $0.20 per diluted share for the same period last year. The Companys second quarter 2005 profit included a $2.7 million unrealized loss associated with the Companys fuel hedging transactions and a $4.3 million loss on the sale and leaseback of an aircraft acquired during the period. The second quarter 2004 results included an unrealized gain on fuel hedging transactions of $7.2 million. Excluding these special items, the airlines second quarter 2005 net income was $20.9 million or $0.41 per diluted share versus net income of $3.5 million or $0.07 per diluted share in the second quarter 2004. See the accompanying notes in the Financial Tables section of this press release for a reconciliation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) financial information to non-GAAP financial information.
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