November 19, 2017
Hawaiian Airlines CEO, Dunkerley, to retire in March 2018
Mark Dunkerley, President and CEO Hawaiian Airlines, is set to retire on March 1, 2018 after 15 years with the airline. In that period, he has successfully overseen substantial growth, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, with new fights introduced to Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and Beijing, China as well as new routes to Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney and Brisbane, Australia; and New York City.
In his time, Dunkerley has seen passenger numbers double to 11 million per annum, while revenue has increased to US$2.64 billion. While the number of employees has doubled, share value has risen from an all-time low of $0.29 in 2003 to a high of $60.90 over the last 52-week period.
“This has been a heart-wrenching decision,” said Dunkerley. “I am so proud to be associated with this company and our employees. Hawaiian Airlines is truly in a class of its own, distinguished by all the employees I am honored to call my colleagues. At the same time, I am excited by the new opportunities ahead of me and I am confident that Peter Ingram and the team will lead the company to further success.”
Peter Ingram, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of the airline will replace Dunkerley.
Dunkerley leaves the carrier in a particularly strong state after the announcement of Hawaii’s second-largest carrier, Island Air, filing for bankruptcy, ceasing operations on November 10.
Additionally, on November 16, Hawaiian Airlines took delivery of the first of 18 Airbus A321neos on order as part of the carrier’s West Coast expansion program. A new A321neo service between Kahului and Portland will launch on January 18, 2018. Hawaiian’s seasonal summer wide-body service currently offered between Līhu‘e and Oakland will resume April 11, 2018 as a daily A321neo flight. Daily service between Kona and Los Angeles launches March 11, 2018 with wide-body aircraft before converting to the A321neo in the summer.