HONOLULU, February 12, 2004 -- Hawaiian Airlines announced today that Dan Burruss, a 27-year veteran of airline sales and marketing with a focus on Asia and the Pacific, has been appointed as senior director of Asia-Pacific business development. He started work at Hawaiian on January 5.
Burruss' primary responsibilities are the development of new transpacific routes to Hawaii from the Asia-Pacific region, and increasing direct and group sales international traffic from these markets for Hawaiian's interisland flights. He is a key team member in the planned launch of Hawaiian's nonstop flights connecting Honolulu and Sydney, Australia, which are scheduled to begin May 17, subject to government approvals.
From 1985-2003, Burruss served as a manager or director of Delta Air Lines' sales and marketing efforts in Asia, the last eight years of which he was based in Tokyo. Most recently, he was director of Delta's Pacific business unit, supervising a staff of more than 150 employees and generating in excess of $400 million in annual revenues.
Burruss established excellent business relationships while in Japan, actively taking part in several professional and civic organizations including membership in the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (1995-2003); as a board member (and former chairman) of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (1987-2003); as chairman of the Foreign Air Carrier Association of Japan (2000-2003); and as a member of the American School in Japan (2000-2003).
Burruss is an alumnus of Auburn University (Alabama), graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in aviation management. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972-1976 rising to the rank of captain.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines, the nation's number one on-time carrier, is recognized as one of the best airlines in America. Business travelers recently surveyed byCondé Nast Traveler rated Hawaiian Airlines as having the best in-flight service and meals of any U.S. carrier. Hawaiian was recently ranked fourth best in the nation overall by Travel + Leisure.
Celebrating its 75th year of continuous service, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's largest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the mainland U.S. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more mainland U.S. gateways
than any other airline. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands, as well as service to American Samoa and Tahiti.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA). Since the appointment of a bankruptcy trustee on May 16, 2003, Hawaiian Holdings has had no involvement in the management of Hawaiian Airlines and has had limited access to information concerning the airline.
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