HONOLULU – August 29, 2011 - Hawaiian Airlines announced the promotion of Kathy Wong-Nakamura to the new position of managing director of application development and maintenance. She had held the title of interim managing director since January.
Hawaiian created this position to provide added support to the company’s information technology needs as its operations expand, with the addition of more aircraft and employees and the increase of service to new and existing routes. Wong-Nakamura’s responsibilities include development and implementation of program applications and technology integration solutions, and providing production support to ensure operational efficiencies.
“Hawaiian’s IT needs are growing as rapidly as our flight operations and this promotion of Kathy reflects our belief in her expertise to keep our operations efficient and productive,” said David Osborne, Hawaiian’s chief information officer.
Wong-Nakamura joined Hawaiian in 2006 as manager of systems development and earned several promotions leading up to her newest appointment. Before joining Hawaiian, she spent 13 years at Kamehameha Schools, starting as a systems analyst and working her way up to integration and development manager. Altogether, Wong-Nakamura has more than 20 years of information technology experience in an array of disciplines, including programming, system analysis, new application implementations, system integration, and project management.
Wong-Nakamura is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in management. She also earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Roosevelt University and is certified as a Project Management Professional.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past seven years (2004-2010) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, consumer surveys byCondé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii. Hawaiian was also the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in the prestigious Airline Quality Rating
(AQR) study for 2008 and 2009.
Now in its 82nd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAirlines.com.