HONOLULU, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it will expand its interisland fleet with the addition of four Boeing 717-200 aircraft to better meet the needs of Hawaii's interisland travelers in the wake of the shutdown of Aloha Airlines on April 1.

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Two of the aircraft are expected to enter service in September, while the remaining two will join the fleet in November and December, respectively. The additions, all being acquired on long-term leases from Boeing Capital Corporation, will increase Hawaiian's interisland fleet of Boeing 717-200 aircraft to 15.

Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer, said, "This substantial investment in more interisland aircraft reaffirms Hawaiian's long-term commitment to serving the people of Hawaii, and will allow us to increase our flight schedules during periods of the day that our customers prefer to travel."

Hawaiian currently operates a total of 150 interisland flights daily between the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii.

The Boeing 717, with its operational capabilities and fuel efficiency, is an ideal match for the interisland market. "We're delighted to be able to support the expansion of Hawaiian's 717 fleet as the airline responds to the community's air travel needs," said Jordan Weltman, vice president, Americas region, Boeing Capital Corporation.

To meet immediate community needs in the wake of Aloha's collapse, Hawaiian expanded its interisland flight schedule by flying a long-haul Boeing 767-300 widebody aircraft between Honolulu and Maui as well as by flying an additional 717 usually held in reserve as a 'spare' aircraft to cover scheduled flying in the event of a delay. Hawaiian will continue these operations until the additional 717 aircraft arrive to make sure that seats remain available for interisland travelers.

Hawaiian also began recruiting flight crews and additional ground staff to support its expanded interisland operations immediately after Aloha's closure. To date, Hawaiian has hired 230 additional employees, a majority of whom are former Aloha employees, and is seeking to fill an additional 160 positions, including pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians, contract service and line service positions. Interested parties should apply online at http://www.HawaiianAirlines.com.

"The performance of Hawaiian's employees during our rapid expansion over the past two months has been nothing short of phenomenal, and a true inspiration to me," Dunkerley said. "We all know how important air transportation is to Hawaii, and their dedication to our community has really shone through these past several weeks. I want to publicly thank them for their remarkable efforts and let everyone know that we have wasted no time in recruiting more people to support our larger operation."

In addition to its fleet of 717s used in Hawaii, Hawaiian also operates a fleet of 18 wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 aircraft on 16 flights daily to 14 destinations outside Hawaii.

About Hawaiian Airlines

The nation's top-ranked airline for service in the 2007 Airline Quality Ratings, Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past four straight years (2004-2007) and in fewest misplaced bags for the past three years (2005-2007) 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 79th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the second largest provider of passenger air service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline (10), as well as service to Australia, American Samoa, the Philippines and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 daily jet flights among 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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