ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXTENSION OF MARK DUNKERLEY’S CONTRACT IS MAIKA`I

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ARTICLE: Mark Dunkerley signs on for three more years as Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO

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Hawai’i is unique in the nation in that its intrastate mass transit system is not buses, but large aircraft. The business person in Maui has to get to Hilo by air to close a deal; the grandmother on Kauai, who wants to see her grandson’s birthday, has to get on a plane to attend the event in Honolulu; a salesman is likely to know the flight schedule of his preferred airline better than his peers on the mainland.

Hawai’i also has a history of strong unions.

Hawai’i’s #1 business is tourism. Many of those valuable travelers island hop during their stay.

Those are just a few of the reasons why being the CEO of Hawaiian is a VERY tough job. The notice that Mark Dunkerley has signed a three year contract to stay in his position is good news for the shareholders, the employees, the people of Hawai’i and the state’s economy. It also means that aviation safety will be well served in this island paradise; for this very able executive is also a skilled acrobatic pilot, which gives him great insights into managing the business/safety of flying!

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