HONOLULU, December 29, 1998- Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA) has purchased two additional McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50 twinjet aircraft to augment its current Hawaii interisland fleet of thirteen

Paul J. Casey, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer, said the fleet additions will allow the company to accommodate increased consumer demand and will enhance convenience for customers.

"These additional aircraft will accommodate increasing passenger traffic connecting to neighbor islands from Hawaiian's transpacific flights and from code share partners American Airlines and Northwest Airlines. Having additional planes will also increase convenience for our local customers by giving Hawaiian the flexibility to add more flights during periods of high demand," Casey said.

The new additions to the interisland fleet are expected
to arrive in Honolulu in February. The two DC-9s previously had been flown by Italian scheduled airline Meridiana S.p.A.

Hawaiian Airlines has embarked on its 70th year of
serving Hawaii. Begun as Inter-Island Airways, the
airline started Hawaii's first scheduled airline service on November 11, 1929.

Today, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's largest airline and the nation's 12th largest carrier. Hawaiian provides award-winning service on more than 150 jet flights daily among the islands of Hawaii and 12 flights a day between Hawaii and the mainland U.S. Hawaiian's South Pacific service links Honolulu to American Samoa and Tahiti.