HONOLULU, Jan 08, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: HA), today announced its systemwide traffic statistics for 2009, the fourth quarter, and month of December.

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In 2009 Hawaiian carried more passengers than it has in any of its 80 years of service.


    Systemwide Operations
    YEAR-TO-DATE               2009       2008  % Change
    ------------               ----       ----  --------
    PAX                   8,344,608  7,856,711       6.2%
    RPMS (000)            8,150,621  7,858,666       3.7%
    ASMS (000)            9,717,111  9,508,597       2.2%
    LF                         83.9%      82.6% 1.3 pts.
    FOURTH QUARTER             2009       2008  % Change
    --------------             ----       ----  --------
    PAX                   2,066,495  1,920,675       7.6%
    RPMS (000)            2,011,232  1,926,049       4.4%
    ASMS (000)            2,382,079  2,394,384     (0.5%)
    LF                         84.4%      80.4% 4.0 pts.
    DECEMBER                   2009       2008  % Change
    --------                   ----       ----  --------
    PAX                     700,967    644,538       8.8%
    RPMS (000)              686,240    652,839       5.1%
    ASMS (000)              820,924    821,357     (0.1%)
    LF                         83.6%      79.5% 4.1 pts.

    PAX:    Passengers transported
    RPM:    One paying passenger transported one mile
    ASM:    One seat transported one mile
    LF:     Percentage of seating capacity utilized
About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian is the nation's highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in 2008 in the 19th annual Airline Quality Rating study. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past five years (2004-2008) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.

Now in its 81st year of continuous service for Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as 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 the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides more than 160 daily jet flights within the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.

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