HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines today announced the appointment of Beau Tatsumura as vice president for maintenance and engineering. He will lead Hawaiian’s operations associated with the performance, quality and reliability of its 54-aircraft fleet.

“Beau’s leadership and extensive experience will allow us to remain at the forefront of aircraft safety and operational performance as we continue to grow our fleet and network,” said Jim Landers, senior vice president for technical operations at Hawaiian Airlines.

Tatsumura, who joined Hawaiian in 2014, most recently served as managing director of maintenance operations, overseeing aircraft quality and performance. Hawaiian currently operates a wide-body fleet of 24 Airbus A330s and eight Boeing 767s, and a narrow-body fleet of 20 Boeing 717s and two Airbus A321neos. By 2020, Hawaiian plans to have 18 A321neos. In 2021, the carrier expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9.

Prior to joining Hawaiian, Tatsumura was senior director of maintenance and engineering at Aeko Kula, Inc., where he oversaw day-to-day operations and overall safety for Aloha Air Cargo. He also served as general manager of Aloha Tech Ops, which is Aeko Kula, Inc.’s third-party contractor for aircraft maintenance. He began his airline career at Aloha Airlines, holding numerous aircraft maintenance management and leadership positions for 18 years. Tatsumura also served in the 100th Battalion 442D Infantry Regiment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Born in Honolulu and raised in Kāne‘ohe, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.