HONOLULU, August 22, 1997 -- Hawaiian Airlines (ASE and PE: HA) has appointed David M. Boaz to the position of Vice President - Flight Operations. The appointment was announced by Paul J. Casey, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer.

As vice president for flight operations, Boaz oversees all flight operations, including flight dispatch and crew scheduling. He is responsible for administering and supervising the activities of 282 pilots. He also directs a dispatch staff of 28 and 17 crew schedulers.

Boaz brings to Hawaiian more than 40 years' experience in aviation. Before joining Hawaiian Airlines, he was Delta Air Lines' managing director for China.

A graduate of Stanford University, Boaz spent 10 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy. Following his career as a Navy pilot, he flew for Western Airlines for 20 years, and for Delta Air Lines for 10 years, serving as chief pilot with both carriers.

He retired from the Navy, after 30 years of active and reserve service, with the rank of Captain and remains active with the Navy League and Naval Institute.

Founded in Honolulu 67 years ago, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's longest-serving and largest airline and the nation's 12th largest carrier. With a fleet of 13 McDonnell Douglas DC9s, Hawaiian provides award-winning service on more than 150 jet flights daily among the islands of Hawaii. Hawaiian also operates 12 widebody jet flights a day between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Its South Pacific service links Honolulu to American Samoa and Tahiti.