HONOLULU, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington, D.C. veteran Margaret Cummisky will join Hawaiian Airlines as Managing Director of Federal Government Relations, the airline announced today.  Cummisky, formerly a senior staff member for Senator Daniel K. Inouye and currently Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs with the U.S. Department of Commerce, will open Hawaiian Airlines' Washington, D.C. office on June 27, 2015.

"As Hawaiian expands globally, it is vital that we participate fully in conversations involving U.S. aviation policy and legislation," said Ann Botticelli, Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. "Margaret's knowledge of Hawai'i and Washington makes her the ideal person to amplify Hawaiian's voice in our nation's Capital."

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Cummisky served as General Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations; Democratic Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Legislative Director of the Office of Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

Cummisky was born and raised in Hawai'i, where she graduated from Leilehua High School on the island of O'ahu.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a law degree from the University Of Southern California Gould School Of Law.  She is an active member of the U.S. Japan Council, an organization dedicated to promoting U.S.-Japan alliances.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 11 years (2004-2014) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.

Now in its 86th 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 non-stop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and become a fan on its Facebook page.

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