FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2005

Schumer Urges Newly Merged U.S. Airways- America West To Serve NY Pepsi Products On Flights

Recently Merged Airline Says It Will Choose Which Drinks To Serve On Their Airline By The End Of The Year

Schumer: New York Flights Should Serve New York Beverages

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the recently merged U.S. Airways-America West to serve Pepsi Products. Pepsi is headquartered in New York and employs 6,443 new Yorkers. U.S. Airways currently serves Coca-Cola products and America West serves Pepsi products, and executives for the airlines say they intend to make a final decision on drinks by the end of this year.

“There is no better way to show a commitment to New York, then to serve New York’s products on these flights,” Schumer said. “Securing an agreement with Pepsi could mean a huge boost to their production and thus to jobs in New York. As this new airline strengthens its presence in New York, it can make no better choice than to choose New York products.”

On Friday, Schumer met with Pepsi executives and workers at their headquarters in Purchase, New York. Pepsi has partnerships with Lipton, Starbucks, Tropicana, Dole, SoBe and Gatorade, and could supply a wide variety of beverages to the newly merged airline. The merger of US Airways and America West, was originally announced in May but finalized in September.

In a personal letter to Doug Parker, Chairman of U.S. Airways Group, Schumer wrote, “I strongly urge you to take this under consideration. New York is proud to have Pepsi in our State, and as America West already knows its products are popular and choosing them would be an easy decision to make. U.S. Airways has been great to Upstate New York, and now we are thrilled to have America West Service. This would be another opportunity for you to show your commitment to the community and the state.”

Schumer also suggested that the newly merged airline consider other New York products for its flights as appropriate, including wine and other agricultural products.

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