HONOLULU – Sep. 11, 2008 - For this weekend’s road opener against its longtime rival in Kansas City, the Oakland Raiders are going to utilize a familiar strategy – taking to the air aboard Hawaiian Airlines.
This marks the ninth consecutive year that Hawaiian is carrying the team to its road games and providing the ‘Silver and Black’ with a style of service dedicated to helping the players, coaches and staff get ready for football.
During the flights players will be treated to meals featuring extra-large portions, fresh fruit, snacks and beverages, and other special requests to help them prepare for the game. Up to three first-run movies are shown during the flights.
Raiders Executive Marc Badain said the quality of Hawaiian hospitality the team receives when traveling is greatly appreciated. “Playing on the road can be a challenge for any team but Hawaiian’s outstanding service gives us an advantage with our preparation,” said Badain. “Our players know Hawaiian will take good care of them and they can focus all their attention on playing Raider football.”
Along with this week’s game in Kansas City, Hawaiian is flying the Raiders to road games in Buffalo, New Orleans, Baltimore, Miami, Denver, San Diego, and Tampa Bay. In addition, Hawaiian has the first option to fly the Raiders to any road playoff game, including Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay. In May,
Hawaiian introduced nonstop daily service between Oakland and Honolulu, becoming the only carrier to offer direct service between the two cities.
“We take tremendous pride in being the Raiders’ airline of choice and are pleased to share this same quality of service and reliability with travelers in the East Bay,” said Glenn Taniguchi, Hawaiian’s senior vice president of marketing and sales.
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 Condé 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 longestserving 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 (10) than any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 155 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.