Exhibit 99.1
NEWS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 29th, 2018
 
INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT:
Daniel Wong, Sr. Director - (808) 835-3291
Investor.Relations@HawaiianAir.com

MEDIA RELATIONS CONTACT:
Alex Da Silva (808) 835-3712
Alex.DaSilva@HawaiianAir.com

 
Hawaiian Holdings Reports 2017 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results
 
HONOLULU — January 29, 2018 — Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA) (the “Company”), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (“Hawaiian”), today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017 - Key Financial Metrics
 
 
GAAP
 
YoY Change
 
Adjusted
 
YoY Change
Net Income
 
$172.1M
 
+$170.2M
 
$57.5M
 
$(11.3)M
Diluted EPS
 
$3.29
 
+$3.25
 
$1.10
 
$(0.18)
Pre-tax Margin
 
16.0%
 
+15.4 pts.
 
13.6%
 
(4.0) pts.
Full Year 2017 - Key Financial Metrics
 
 
GAAP
 
YoY Change
 
Adjusted
 
YoY Change
Net Income
 
$364.0M
 
+$128.6M
 
$301.1M
 
+$21.1M
Diluted EPS
 
$6.82
 
+$2.46
 
$5.64
 
+$0.45
Pre-tax Margin
 
15.2%
 
(0.3) pts.
 
17.6%
 
(0.8) pts.


“We’re delighted to report record earnings for 2017 after our fourth quarter results cap an extremely strong year for Hawaiian” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO.  “Robust demand in all of our major geographies and moderate industry capacity growth offset the rising price of fuel.  We carried more guests this year than ever before and set new records for fourth quarter and full year revenue. These results are the product of the tireless efforts of the 6,600 employees who deliver authentic Hawaiian hospitality on the ground and in the air every single day.
 
Looking ahead, 2018 stands to be a year that Hawaiian enters into the last phase of a strategy mapped out over a decade ago. With new aircraft, new markets, and product enhancements tailored to the needs of the Hawai‘i traveler, we are better equipped to compete today than at any time in our past.  We look forward to the year ahead and all that it has in store.”


Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.
 
Liquidity and Capital Resources

On October 12, 2017, the Company announced the initiation of a quarterly cash dividend of 12 cents per share, the first of which was paid on November 30, 2017 to all stockholders of record as of November 17, 2017.

In addition, the Company repurchased approximately 2.5 million shares of common stock for approximately $100 million in 2017.  The Company also announced a new $100 million stock repurchase program in effect through December 31, 2019.

As of December 31, 2017 the Company had:
 
·                  Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $460 million.
·                  Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of $571 million.

2017 Highlights

Operational

Carried a record 11.5 million passengers in 2017, a 4.1% increase over the previous year.
Completed new hangar facility which will provide significant efficiencies moving forward.
Introduced new uniforms which complements brand refresh that was unveiled earlier in the year.

New routes and increased frequencies

North America
Started operating new daily non-stop service between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG) in January 2018.
Announced new daily non-stop service between San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Kahului (OGG) as well as between Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) with both expected to start in May 2018.
Extended seasonal non-stop service to year-round non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Kaua‘i's Līhu‘e Airport (LIH).
Commenced summer seasonal service with daily non-stop flights between Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Līhu‘e (LIH) and thrice weekly flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Kona International Airport (KOA).
Announced extended service between Los Angeles (LAX) and both Kona (KOA) and Kahului (OGG), between Oakland (OAK) and both Līhu‘e (LIH) and Kona (KOA), and between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Honolulu (HNL).

International
Announced expansion of non-stop service between New Zealand's Auckland Airport (AKL) and Honolulu (HNL) starting in March 2018.
Announced expanded seasonal summer flights to include daily non-stop service between Narita International Airport (NRT) and Honolulu (HNL).

Neighbor Islands
Launched daily round trip service between Maui's Kapalua Airport (JHM) and both Honolulu (HNL) and Kahului (OGG), and between Līhu‘e (LIH) and Kona (KOA).

Partnerships

Announced a new partnership with Japan Airlines (JAL) that provides for extensive code sharing, lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity, taking effect on March 25, 2018 (subject to government approval). Also announced the intention to establish a joint venture with JAL designed to provide even more choices, convenience and enhancements to the traveling public to/from Japan and beyond to multiple Asian markets.


Fleet and financing

Completed a sale-leaseback transaction covering three Boeing 767-300 aircraft as part of the planned exit from its Boeing 767-300 fleet.
Took delivery of its first two Airbus 321neo aircraft, its 24th Airbus 330-200 aircraft, and its first ATR-72 turboprop aircraft in an all-cargo configuration.
Entered into an agreement in January 2018 to purchase three Boeing 767-300s which it previously leased and will subsequently sell later this year in line with plans to retire its Boeing 767-300 fleet by the end of 2018.

People

Ratified a 63-month contract with its pilots represented by the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA).
Contributed $150.6 million during the year to employee benefit plans, comprised of a one-time payment of $18.5 million to fully fund and terminate the Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. Salaried & IAM Merged Pension Plan, a one-time payment of $101.9 million to settle a portion of the post-65 medical plan obligation in connection with the ratification of a contract amendment with the Air Line Pilots Association, representing its pilots, and a contribution of approximately $30.2 million, $25.5 million above the minimum required, to further reduce pension obligations.


Product and loyalty

Unveiled brand refresh in May 2017 which included an updated logo and aircraft livery.
Announced the introduction of remodeled Airbus 330-200 aircraft to its non-stop service between Sapporo's New Chitose Airport (CTS) and Honolulu (HNL) starting in February 2018.


First Quarter and Full Year 2018 Outlook
 
The table below summarizes the Company’s expectations for the first quarter ending March 31, 2018 and the full year ending December 31, 2018, expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the pro forma results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 or the year ended December 31, 2017, as applicable.

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and created a new topic (ASC 606), requiring an entity to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of promised goods or services to customers. ASC 606 will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance in GAAP when it becomes effective. ASC 606 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2017. The Company has elected to adopt the full retrospective transition method as of January 1, 2018, resulting in the restatement of all prior periods on the date of adoption. Metrics in the guidance tables below that have been impacted by ASC 606 are shown as both originally stated and on an unaudited pro forma basis.

 
 
First Quarter
First Quarter
First Quarter
 
 
 
First Quarter
Item
 
2017 Original
2017 Restated
2018 Guidance
 
GAAP Equivalent
 
2018 Guidance
Cost per ASM excluding Fuel (a)
 
9.39¢
9.29¢
Up 3.5% to up 6.5%
 
Cost per ASM (a)
 
Up 3.3% to up 6.7%
Operating Revenue Per ASM
 
13.58¢
13.40¢
Down 0.5% to up 2.5%
 
 
 
 
ASMs
 
 
 
Up 3.0% to up 5.0%
 
 
 
 
Gallons of jet fuel consumed
 
 
 
Up 4.0% to up 6.0%
 
 
 
 
Economic fuel cost per gallon (b)(c)
 
 
 
$1.90 to $2.00
 
Fuel cost per gallon (b)
 
$2.01 to $2.11

 
 
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
 
 
 
Full Year
Item
 
2017 Original
2017 Restated
2018 Guidance
 
GAAP Equivalent
 
2018 Guidance
Cost per ASM excluding Fuel (a)
 
9.20¢
9.19¢
Down 0.5% to up 2.5%
 
Cost per ASM (a)
 
Up 1.9% to up 5.4%
ASMs
 
 
 
Up 5.0% to up 8.0%
 
 
 
 
Gallons of jet fuel consumed
 
 
 
Up 3.0% to up 6.0%
 
 
 
 
Economic fuel cost per gallon (b)(c)
 
 
 
$1.97 to $2.07
 
Fuel cost per gallon (b)
 
$2.02 to $2.12

(a) See Table 4 for a reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to operating expenses excluding aircraft fuel.
(b) Economic fuel cost per gallon estimates are based on the January 16, 2018 fuel forward curve.
(c) See Table 3 for a reconciliation of GAAP fuel costs to economic fuel costs.


Investor Conference Call
 
Hawaiian Holdings’ quarterly and full year earnings conference call is scheduled to begin today (January 29, 2018) at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (USA). The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Investors may listen to the live audio webcast on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at www.HawaiianAirlines.com. For those who are not available for the live webcast, the call will be archived and available for 90 days on the investor relations section of the Company's website.
 
About Hawaiian Airlines
 
Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 89th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian’s LinkedIn page.

For media inquiries, please visit Hawaiian Airlines’ online newsroom.


Forward-Looking Statements
 
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect the Company’s current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance.  Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s expectations regarding cost per available seat mile, cost per available seat mile excluding fuel, available seat miles, gallons of jet fuel consumed, fuel cost per gallon, and economic fuel cost per gallon each for the quarter ending March 31, 2018 and for the full year ending December 31, 2018; the Company's expectations regarding operating revenue per available seat mile for the quarter ending March 31, 2018; the statements of our president and CEO; the Company’s plans to retire its Boeing 767-300 fleet by the end of 2018; the Company’s expected tax rate in 2018; and statements as to other matters that do not relate strictly to historical facts or statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.  Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” variations of such words, and similar expressions are also intended to identify such forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Company’s operations and business environment, all of which may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from any future results, expressed or implied, in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the Company’s ability to accurately forecast quarterly and annual results; economic volatility; macroeconomic developments; political developments; the price and availability of aircraft fuel; fluctuations in demand for transportation in the markets in which the Company operates; the Company’s dependence on tourist travel; labor negotiations and related developments; competitive pressures, including the potential impact of rising industry capacity between North America and Hawai‘i; the Company's ability to continue to generate sufficient cash flow to support the payment of a quarterly dividend; changes in the Company's future capital needs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the Company’s ability to implement its growth strategy.


The risks, uncertainties and assumptions referred to above that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements also include the risks, uncertainties and assumptions discussed from time to time in the Company’s other public filings and public announcements, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as other documents that may be filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof.  The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date hereof even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied herein will not be realized.


The following information was filed by Hawaiian Holdings Inc (HA) on Monday, January 29, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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