Honolulu – January 4, 2012 - Hawaiian Airlines has appointed Stephen Simmons to the new position of managing director of operations planning and scheduling.
Simmons’ position was created to provide additional management support to Hawaiian’s flight operations as the company continues to implement its strategic growth plan. One of his key responsibilities is developing operational strategies to ensure an effective utilization of Hawaiian’s flight crews that will help maintain its standing as the nation’s #1 on-time airline.
“Hawaiian’s route network will continue to grow significantly in the coming years and Stephen’s expertise at managing the utilization of flight crews will be tremendously useful in keeping our operations efficient and customer-focused,” said Charles Nardello, Hawaiian’s senior vice president of operations.
Simmons brings more than 30 years of airline management experience to Hawaiian. Most recently he worked for two years as an independent aviation consultant for several domestic and international carriers.
Before that Simmons worked at Northwest Airlines for 16 years in director and managing director positions, primarily in the area of crew operations and staffing. He also accrued 12 years of experience at Pan American World Airways serving in manager and director level positions for inflight services and labor relations.
Simmons holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Florida.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past seven years (2004-2010) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii. Hawaiian was also the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in the prestigious Airline Quality Rating (AQR) study for 2008 and 2009.
Now in its 83rd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
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