HONOLULU, January 29, 1999- Hawaiian Airlines has promoted Blaine J. Miyasato to the position of Vice President - Inflight Services, Product Development and Catering, effective February 1, 1999. He will report directly to company President and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Casey.
As vice president, Miyasato will have complete management responsibility for the operation of Hawaiian's Inflight Services department, consisting of nearly 800 flight attendants, supervisory, training and administrative personnel. In addition, he will continue to oversee the company's efforts toward enhancing inflight products and catering programs.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Miyasato began his career at Hawaiian in 1985 as a flight attendant. He was appointed Manager - Product Development in 1993. Having subsequently served in management positions of increasing responsibility within product development, inflight and business process improvement areas, he has served as Senior Director - Inflight Services, Product Development and Catering since February of last year.
Blaine has been instrumental in the substantial improvement of Hawaiian's inflight product in recent years. The international awards and accolades Hawaiian has earned are largely attributable to his energy, enthusiasm and leadership. He has earned the respect and trust of the employees of our Inflight department, and my complete confidence to run this important part of our company," Casey said.
Hawaiian Airlines, now in its 70th year, is Hawaii's longest-serving and largest airline and the nation's 12th largest carrier. Hawaiian's fleet of 15 McDonnell Douglas DC-9s provides award-winning service on more than 150 jet flights daily among the islands of Hawaii. Hawaiian also operates 12 widebody DC-10 flights a day between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Its South Pacific service links Honolulu with American Samoa and Tahiti.