HONOLULU, April 14, 1999 - Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA) today announced that veteran airline executive Michael R. Schwab, 53, has been appointed on an interim basis to oversee the company's flight and service operations.

Schwab will report directly to company President and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Casey. Schwab has overall management responsibility for the daily operation and administrative activities of the company's Flight Operations; In-Flight, Catering and Product Development; Maintenance and Engineering; Airport Services and System Operations Control departments. Those departments had reported directly to Casey, but recent expansion at Hawaiian has prompted a search for additional senior management expertise.

"In keeping with our growth strategy, we have for some time sought the right individual to provide high-level direction on the operational side. Michael is a proven leader in our industry and brings exceptional airline operations expertise to Hawaiian Airlines," Casey said.

Schwab's airline career spans 22 years, including eight years in senior management positions at US Airways with responsibility for all aspects of the airline's flight operations, maintenance, flight dispatch and corporate-wide purchasing activities, and 14 years with United Airlines.

Founded in Honolulu 69 years ago, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's longest-serving and largest airline, and the nation's 12th largest carrier. Hawaiian's fleet of 15 McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft provides award-winning service on 140 jet flights daily among the islands of Hawaii. Hawaiian also operates a fleet of 12 McDonnell Douglas widebody DC-10 aircraft on 14 flights a day between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Its DC-10 South Pacific service links Honolulu with American Samoa and Tahiti.