Business Travelers Rank Hawaiian #1 for First Class Meals

HONOLULU –- In another testament to the quality of Hawaiian Airlines' in-flight service, Condé Nast Traveler's Business Travel Awards for 2005 ranked Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving carrier as having the best meals in premium class nationwide.

Hawaiian's menus for first and coach class service are designed by Chef Beverly Gannon, a co-founder of the internationally recognized Hawaii Regional Cuisine and award-winning restaurateur of the Haliimaile General Store and Joe's Bar & Grill on Maui.

“Our goal is to create in-flight meals that make travelers feel like they're dining in a restaurant and not on an airplane,” said Gannon. “It takes a lot of effort on everyone's part to provide such a high quality of meal service, but this award shows the hard work is paying off.”

This marks the second time in three years that Hawaiian's first class meal service has earned Condé Nast Traveler's highest ranking, also topping all premium class carriers in 2003.

Gannon has been designing Hawaiian's in-flight menus since 1999. She updates the selections regularly and often incorporates a distinctively “island-style” flair that features Hawaii-grown products and flavors. In addition, Gannon meets with Hawaiian's kitchen staff in its nine U.S. gateway cities on a regular basis to maintain the airline's high standard of menu preparation and presentation.

Hawaiian is the only carrier worldwide showcasing the talents of a Hawaii Regional Cuisine chef in designing its menus, further highlighting the value and uniqueness of its award-winning “Hawaii Starts Here” in-flight service.

Condé Nast Traveler's 2005 Business Travel Awards were determined through a national survey that measured seven major categories of the flight experience. Overall, business travelers ranked Hawaiian's service third highest among all premium class carriers nationwide.

A listing of the Business Travel Awards is included in the magazine's October issue.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines, the nation's number one on-time carrier, is recognized as one of the best airlines in America. Readers of two prominent national travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, have both rated Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii in their most recent rankings.

Celebrating its 76th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline (nine). Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands, as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA). Additional information is available online at