October 27, 2008

Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation Names New Managing Director of Maintenance

APPLETON, Wis., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation today announced it has promoted Ed Baranowski to the position of managing director of maintenance, reporting directly to President and CEO James Rankin. In his new role as leader of the Maintenance Department, Baranowski will assume responsibility for all decisions relevant to airworthiness, serviceability, and flight safety, and will serve as Air Wisconsin's primary maintenance liaison with the FAA and other regulatory bodies. Additionally, Baranowski will be responsible for monitoring and measuring Air Wisconsin's operations to maximize cost effectiveness while ensuring operational reliability.

"I am very excited to have Ed as a member of my direct team," noted Rankin. "Ed's leadership has been instrumental in moving our Maintenance Performance in the second half of 2008 to record setting levels. With his unique combination of leadership qualities and operational experience, I'm confident Ed will take our Maintenance group to even greater heights of operational excellence and economic efficiency."

Baranowski brings extensive knowledge and experience to his new role. Since joining Air Wisconsin in 1984 as a line mechanic, Baranowski has assumed increasing responsibility in the positions of maintenance controller, maintenance planner, maintenance control manager, maintenance operations manager and, most recently, director of maintenance operations. Baranowski has also served as the co-chair of the Bombardier CRJ Structural Working Group and as a member of the Bombardier CRJ Technical Steering Committee. Additionally, since 1999, Baranowski has served as one of two business continuity coordinators, helping to lead and direct Air Wisconsin's Business Continuity and Recovery Plans.

Baranowski, who was an A&P mechanic with Lewis University Aviation Services prior to joining Air Wisconsin, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL; an FAA Airframe and Powerplant License; and an Inspection Authorization (I.A.) Certificate.

Air Wisconsin, the largest privately held regional airline in the United States, operates as US Airways Express, scheduling nearly 500 departures per day to 69 cities in 26 states and two Canadian provinces. The fleet includes 70 Canadair Regional Jets. Additionally, Air Wisconsin performs ground-handling services for United Express and Northwest Airlines at over 30 locations throughout the country.

Additional information can be found at http://www.airwis.com/.

Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation

CONTACT: Annette Daly of Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation,+1-920-475-7007, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.airwis.com/