America West Airlines (AWA) started scheduled passenger service 30-years ago today on August 1,1983.
The airline initially served four cities out of PHX Sky Harbor with three leased B737 jets and about 280 employees. Those cities were LAX, Colorado Springs, Kansas City & Wichita (see 1983 route map).
I remember this AWA passenger ticket jacket from the early days…
I started with AWA in January 1987 as a brand new B737 FO. The very first jet I ever flew – N181AW a B737-200. A check airman and a few of us from my initial pilot training class flew 181 from PHX–Yuma to practice our takeoffs & landings.
The AWA route map during 1987 – the airline had grown substantially since 1983.
In the summer of 1989, I flew my first flight as a B737 captain on N165AW (B737-300) to San Diego and back.