HONOLULU – June 22, 2011 - Commenting on a news story published about aircraft maintenance provider Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Hawaiian Airlines said today that the maintenance work performed on its flights transiting Manila is line maintenance work, not major maintenance as reported byAssociated Press.
The line maintenance work performed by Lufthansa Technik Philippines is audited regularly and conforms to Hawaiian’s strict FAA-approved maintenance program procedures and standards.
Charles Nardello, senior vice president of operations for Hawaiian Airlines, commented, “While the work performed for us in Manila by Lufthansa Technik Philippines is routine line maintenance, as opposed to major maintenance as reported, that work is performed by mechanics who have been certified in our FAA-approved procedures and is audited regularly by our management personnel. We are very comfortable with the quality of service provided by Lufthansa Technik Philippines.”
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.
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