Air Wisconsin: Begins Service as US Airways Express Carrier

APPLETON, Wis., and ARLINGTON, Va., August 15, 2005 – Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation (AWAC) and US Airways marked the start of their new relationship this past weekend, with the first AWAC aircraft operating under the US Airways Express name taking flight on Aug. 13, 2005.

The first US Airways Express-AWAC flight was flight #3801 from Burlington, Vt., to Philadelphia, continuing on to Charleston, S.C. This initial flight was flown by a Canadair Regional Jet aircraft. In total, Air Wisconsin will operate 16 daily departures as US Airways Express by the end of August.

The initial schedule includes nonstop service between Milwaukee, Wis., and both Charlotte, N.C., and Philadelphia, as well as nonstop Philadelphia-Minneapolis service. In September, the AWAC US Airways Express schedule will expand to include a total of 25 markets with approximately 88 daily departures, primarily flown to and from Philadelphia.

By February 2006, AWAC will operate a fleet of 70 Canadair Regional Jets for
US Airways Express.

“Air Wisconsin has an excellent reputation as a professional and reliable carrier, and we are delighted to welcome them into the US Airways Express network,” said Andrew P. Nocella, US Airways senior vice president of planning.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to join the US Airways Express team,” said Geoff Crowley, Chairman, President and CEO of AWAC. “We respect the work
US Airways has put forth to continue to be a competitive, innovative force in this industry and look forward to being a part of this professional team.”

Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation (AWAC) operates as the largest privately held regional airline in the United States. System-wide, AWAC schedules more than 500 departures per day with a fleet that includes 70 Canadair Regional Jets and 12 BAe-146 Jets. Approximately 3,600 people make up the AWAC team.

US Airways is the nation’s seventh-largest airline, serving 183 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways Express partner carriers operate approximately 3,400 flights per day. For more information on US Airways flight schedules and fares, visit US Airways online at, or call US Airways Reservations at 1-800-428-4322.

US Airways is a member of the Star Alliance, which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers global reach and a smooth travel experience. The other members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, United and VARIG Brazilian Airlines. South African Airways and SWISS will be integrated during the course of the next 12 months. Overall, the member carriers offer more than 15,000 daily flights to 795 destinations in 139 countries.