Senior Director – Corporate Training
HONOLULU –- Hawaiian Airlines announced that Dave Kolakowski, a 27-year airline training professional, has been promoted to senior director of corporate training.
In his new role, Kolakowski oversees The Learning Center at Hawaiian and is responsible for airline operations training, specifically involving pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents, and ramp personnel. He also provides guidance on regulatory and leadership issues.
Kolakowski's promotion is part of a larger effort by Hawaiian to centralize its training resources and take greater advantage of the airline's assets in providing a consistency of 'need-to-know' information to employees.
One of his projects is reviewing all corporate training requirements to ensure that Hawaiian meets the professional development needs of its employees and operational divisions, while complying with government regulations.
Hawaiian hired Kolakowski in March 2003 as senior director of flight standards and crew training. The position carried a wide berth of responsibilities to standardize and improve training of pilots and flight attendants. One of his first accomplishments was implementing an Advanced Qualification Program for pilots, which emphasizes real-work conditions by training cockpit crews as flight teams instead of individuals.
Before joining Hawaiian, Kolakowski spent 25 years at the United Airlines Flight Center in Denver, where he rose through the ranks with promotions and ever-increasing responsibilities focusing on the training of pilots and flight attendants.
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Kolakowski earned a Bachelor of Science in English Education, as well as a Masters in Education from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines, the nation's number one on-time carrier, is recognized as one of the best airlines in America. Readers of two prominent national travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, have both rated Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii in their most recent rankings, and the fifth best domestic airline overall.
Celebrating its 76th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii'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. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands, as well as service to Australia, 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 in May 2003, Hawaiian Holdings has had no responsibility for the management of Hawaiian Airlines and has had limited access to information concerning the airline. Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAir.com.