HONOLULU – Sep. 23, 2008 - Hawaiian Airlines today announced the appointment of Dennis “Manny” Manibusan as the company’s vice president of maintenance and engineering, effective October 13.
Manibusan will report to Charles Nardello, Hawaiian’s senior vice president of operations, and fills the position previously held by Nardello before his promotion in October 2007. Manibusan will be responsible for overseeing the maintenance, reliability and cleanliness of Hawaiian’s fleet of transpacific and interisland aircraft.
“Manny’s technical knowledge and deep experience are perfectly suited to supporting Hawaiian’s commitment to operational excellence. He also has a track record of leadership and respect within the rank-and-file that makes him an especially good fit at Hawaiian,” said Nardello.
Manibusan brings 37 years of aviation experience to Hawaiian having most recently served as senior vice president of maintenance and engineering for ABX Air, Inc. in Wilmington, Ohio, where he worked for the past 15 years. His executive and management experience also includes positions with similar responsibilities for Alaska Airlines and Continental Airlines.
A licensed commercial pilot with an A&P; license, Manibusan’s background also features 26 years of service for the U.S. Air Force, having served in both active duty and the active reserves. One of his key responsibilities was overseeing 400 aircraft maintenance technicians for a fleet of 50 Air Force C-141 transport aircraft. He retired in 1997 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Originally from Guam, Manibusan is a 1970 alumnus of St. Louis University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics with a major in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.
About Hawaiian Airlines
The nation’s top-ranked airline for service in the 2007 Airline Quality Ratings, Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past four straight years (2004-2007) and in fewest misplaced bags for the past three years (2005-2007) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 79th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state’s biggest and longestserving airline, as well as the second largest provider of passenger air service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 155 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.