HONOLULU – Aug. 21, 2006 - Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have once again recognized Hawaiian Airlines as their carrier of choice for travel to Hawaii as part of the magazine's 2006 World's Best Awards.
Hawaiian was ranked as the top-rated airline serving the islands, marking the eighth consecutive year that Hawaii's largest and longest-serving airline has earned this distinction.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO, noted, “Hawaiian's employees deserve all the credit in the world for this honor and for making sure our customers are always treated with the highest quality of service and hospitality on their Hawaii travels.”
Overall, Hawaiian was ranked as the sixth best domestic airline in the country and was the only carrier serving Hawaii listed among the top 10. Travel + Leisure rated airlines on the basis of cabin comfort, food, in-flight service, customer service, and value.
One of the nation's premier travel publications, Travel + Leisure surveyed readers in first quarter 2006 requesting their input in rating the best hotels, islands, cities, airlines, car rental agencies, cruise lines and outfitters worldwide. The listing of winners was announced in the August issue and is available online at www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.
In June, Travel + Leisure ranked Hawaiian as the top airline in Hawaii and fifth best domestic airline nationally in the magazine's 2006 World Best Service Awards.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian was the nation's number one carrier for on-time service, fewest flight cancellations and best baggage service reliability in 2005, according to reports by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer travel surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Zagat all rank Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 77th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline (nine), as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.