ATLANTA, July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines' (NYSE: DAL) maintenance division, Delta TechOps, today announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines. The long-term agreement, which could be valued at as much as $500 million, includes Delta TechOps' Complete Fleet™ support for Hawaiian's new Airbus 330-200 fleet and an extension of an existing support agreement for Hawaiian's Boeing 767 fleet.

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The Complete Fleet services contract will cover line maintenance, component maintenance services, inventory provisioning and support, maintenance planning and scheduling, engineering support, contractor management and other technical services for Hawaiian's Airbus 330-200 fleet, with deliveries beginning in April 2010.

"We're thrilled to expand on our longtime partnership with Hawaiian Airlines and honored that they will be the launch customer of Delta TechOps' A330 capabilities," said Tony Charaf, president of Delta TechOps. "The strong partnership we have with Hawaiian and our other maintenance, repair and overhaul customers is the direct result of the men and women in Delta's Technical Operations. Their hard work, expertise and flexibility are what make Delta TechOps unique."

The A330, which is just one component of Hawaiian's growth strategy, serves as the airline's next generation of long-range aircraft, allowing Hawaiian to expand its product and service.

"Delta has been an excellent partner in our 767 operations and we are delighted they've put forward the most competitive bid for our A330 program," said Charlie Nardello, Hawaiian senior vice president of Operations. "Delta's extensive network and the expertise of their former NWA technical staff with Airbus give us confidence that our induction of the A330 into Hawaiian's fleet will be seamless."

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian is the nation's highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in 2008 in the 19th annual Airline Quality Rating study. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past five years (2004-2008) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.

Now in its 80th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state's primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides more than 160 daily jet flights within the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.

About Delta TechOps

Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America, generating more than $500 million in revenue in 2008. In addition to providing maintenance and engineering support for Delta's fleet of more than 750 aircraft, Delta TechOps serves more than 150 other aviation and airline customers around the world, specializing in high-skill work like engines, components, hangar and line maintenance. Delta TechOps employs more than 8,500 maintenance professionals and is one of the world's most experienced providers, with more than seven decades of aviation expertise. More about Delta TechOps is available at deltatechops.

SOURCE Delta Air Lines

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