HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines has announced the appointment of Jun Tsuruta to the position of senior director - maintenance procurement. In his new position, Tsuruta oversees the sourcing, negotiation and purchasing of aircraft inventory, supplies and services for Hawaiian.

“Jun’s extensive experience in aviation materiel and procurement strengthens our capabilities in support of Hawaiian’s continuing growth and expansion,” said Tom Wessner, Hawaiian Airlines vice president, strategic procurement.

Tsuruta brings more than 25 years of experience in airline operations, MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) and procurement to Hawaiian. Most recently, he served as senior procurement project manager at Gulfstream Aerospace. His extensive background also includes serving as director supply chain/strategic sourcing at Lockheed Martin and senior director, technical purchasing and supplier management at Continental Airlines.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Catawba College in North Carolina and Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past nine years (2004-2012) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 84th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan on July 9, 2013 and, subject to government approvals, between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014.  Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands.

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