Aloha Airgroup, Inc., the parent company
of Aloha Airlines, today announced the appointment of airline veteran
David A. Banmiller as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aloha
Airgroup and Aloha Airlines. The announcement was made by Han H. “Sonny”
Ching, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Banmiller’s appointment is
effective November 14, 2004. “We are extremely fortunate to have found an executive of David’s caliber
who possesses the depth and industry experience to lead our Company and
its workforce during these challenging times,” said Ching. “His diverse
background having worked for both large and small airlines in all aspects
of the business is invaluable as Aloha moves forward with its commitment
to provide vital air services for the State of Hawaii.”
Ching announced the selection of Banmiller following the completion of a
nationwide search conducted by Korn/Ferry International.
“I welcome the opportunity to join the Aloha team during this very
challenging time in our industry,” Banmiller said. “In my many years in
this industry, I have seen the Aloha name and reputation held in such high
regard and I am personally honored to now be a part of this fine
Banmiller has a career spanning more than three decades in the aviation
industry. He has held very senior positions spanning the globe from the
United States to Europe, South America, Mexico and the Far East.
Most recently, Banmiller was Air Jamaica’s Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer overseeing all elements of the day-to-day
operation of the airline. Air Jamaica is the national airline of Jamaica
—providing more non-stop flights from its North American gateways to the
Caribbean than any other carrier serving the region.
At Air Jamaica, Banmiller channeled his energy into improving the
carrier’s reliability, on time performance and profitability. He helped
Air Jamaica maintain its 5-Star Diamond award rating from the American
Academy of Hospitality Science and its ranking by World Travel Awards as
“Best Airline to the Caribbean.”
Prior to joining Air Jamaica, Banmiller enjoyed a successful career that
began on the frontlines of aviation, as a management trainee for TWA. He
has worked in virtually every aspect of the industry: managing airport
operations, cargo, passenger service, catering, sales, reservations,
pricing, scheduling, planning and finance while rising through the
Banmiller served as President and CEO for a number of airlines including
Sun Country Airlines, Pan American World Airways and Sun Jet. At American
Airlines, he held the position of Vice President, International Division.
Before that, he was President and COO for Air Cal, which was acquired by
Banmiller received his MBA from Loyola Marymount University and BA in
Business Administration from Villanova University, where he was class
Valedictorian. He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization and
The Wings Club. He has served on the boards of four publicly traded
companies: Air Cal, Furon, Pan American and Petro.
Founded in 1946, the privately held, Honolulu-based Aloha Airlines is
leading provider of aviation services in the State of Hawaii. With a
workforce of 3,700, Aloha offers approximately 620 interisland flights per
week between Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, Hilo and Lihue.
Aloha Airlines currently operates 27 aircraft in its all-Boeing 737 fleet,
including 13 technologically advanced B737-700s. In February 2000, Aloha
inaugurated transpacific service from Hawaii to Oakland, California.
Today, Aloha provides 140 transpacific flights a week between Hawaii and
Oakland, Burbank, Orange County and Sacramento, California; Las Vegas and
Reno, Nevada; Vancouver, Canada; Pago Pago, American Samoa; the Cook
Islands and the Marshall Islands. Beginning December 15, 2004, Aloha will
operate daily non-stops between San Diego and Maui, and San Diego and Reno.
Aloha is also the largest provider of contract aviation services for more
than 20 domestic and international air carriers serving Hawaii. In
addition, the company handles more than 85 percent of the state’s
interisland air freight business.