HONOLULU – May. 10, 2006 - Hawaiian Airlines announced that Dan Burruss, the company's senior director of Asia-Pacific business development, has earned the highest individual honor of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), being named a Life Member of the organization.
The presentation took place at the 55th Annual PATA Conference in Pattaya, Thailand on April 26. As a Life Member, Burruss was recognized for his two decades of work in helping to develop Asia Pacific's aviation market, and for his service on behalf of PATA as a long-time board member and chairman in 1999-2000.
“Dan has been a great ambassador for both PATA and Hawaiian Airlines in Asia Pacific and we're pleased to see him receive this well-earned, prestigious honor from the region's preeminent industry organization,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO.
At Hawaiian, Burruss is responsible for sales and marketing in Asia Pacific and developing new business opportunities within the region. He played a major role in the launch of Hawaiian's nonstop service between Honolulu and Sydney in May 2004.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian was the nation's number one carrier for on-time service, fewest flight cancellations and best baggage service reliability in 2005, according to reports by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer travel surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Zagat all rank Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 77th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline (nine), as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.
Founded in 1951, PATA is a non-profit organization that serves as a leading authority, advocate and catalyst for developing Asia Pacific's travel and tourism industry through the collective efforts of nearly 100 government tourism bodies, more than 55 airlines and cruise lines, and hundreds of travel industry companies.