Hawaiian Airlines CEO departing

Paul Casey, the CEO of Hawaiian Airlines will leave the company June 30. Casey,
who also is vice chairman and president of the company, said in a statement he
is “ready to take some time off.” Hawaiian Airlines chairman John Adams will
take over the CEO and president jobs until a replacement is found, according to
the company.

Casey`s name has surfaced in Hawaii in recent days as a candidate
for the executive director of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. That job currently
is filled on a voluntary basis by Richard Humphreys who took the job temporarily
after executive director Bob Fishman left the HTA last fall.

Hawaiian also reported a first-quarter loss of $18.6 million. The company said
some its expenses during the period were a $3.3 million charge related to its
failed merger with Aloha Airlines and an $8.2 million increase in wages and
benefits. The airline noted that during the quarter the total number of visitors
to Hawaii declined by 11%, and Hawaiian had a 4.4% decrease in the number of
passengers it carried compared with the same quarter last year.