Aloha Air Cargo Appoints Lee Steele as Company President
HONOLULU (June 22, 2010) — Aloha Air Cargo announced today the appointment of Lee Steele as the company’s new president. Steele brings more than two decades of experience in the airline industry to Aloha Air Cargo, including a position as a senior vice president at Aloha Airlines. Steele will be responsible for the overall operations of the airline, starting July 1, 2010.
“Lee’s breadth of leadership experience, deep knowledge of aviation operations and familiarity with the Hawaii market, offer tremendous value to Aloha Air Cargo,” said Eric Van Andel, president of Saltchuk Air Cargo. “By working in close collaboration with our senior management team, he will ensure that Aloha Air Cargo continues to provide convenient, economical and reliable air cargo service throughout the state of Hawaii and beyond.”
Just prior to joining Hawaii’s largest air-freight company, Steele was president of the aviation consulting company, Global Dimensions Inc. and served as president and chief operating officer of Champion Air. Steele has also served as vice president for several notable airlines, including: Aloha Airlines, Polar Air Cargo, America West Airlines, Pan American Corporation, Arrow Air, MGM Grand Air and Eastern Air Lines.
His tenure in the airline industry began in 1972, where he was a pilot for the U.S. Air Force. Since then, he has been involved with all functions of airline operations, including regulatory hiring, training, dispatching and crew scheduling, in addition to maintenance and oversight programs, as well as piloting.
Steele earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has a Master of Arts in management from Webster University. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating for B-747-400 and B-727-200 aircraft, plus received additional education from the F.B.I. International Terrorist School for Airline Executives and National Mediation Board (NMB) interest-based bargaining school, taught by Cornell University.
About Aloha Air Cargo
Headquartered in Honolulu, Aloha Air Cargo delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii. It became an independent cargo operator after the closure of Aloha Airlines passenger services in May 2008. Aloha Tech Ops is a division of Aloha Air Cargo and provides maintenance and engineering services to airlines in the State of Hawaii. Aloha Air Cargo is owned by Seattle-based Saltchuk Resources, which has been doing business in Hawaii since 2000 when it acquired Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge. Committed to the welfare of Hawaii and strengthening the local economy, the company also acquired Hawaii Fuel Network, Maui Petroleum and Minit Stop Stores in 2006.
For more information on Aloha Air Cargo, please call 808-836-4191 or visit www.AlohaAirCargo.com.