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Hawaiian Airlines soars after earnings

Shares of Hawaiian Holdings, the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, gained more than 6 percent Friday, after a positive quarterly earnings report.

President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said that the company has seen "terrific, strong demand for the Hawaii vacation in every geography that we operate in" during an exclusive interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Friday.

Dunkerley also said that Hawaiian is "lapping some of the headwinds" that it faced last year, such as "the appreciation of the U.S. dollar" against certain foreign currencies. This combined with lower fuel prices has helped propel the company forward, Dunkerley said.

The airline reported adjusted earnings of $1.21 per share on $594.6 million in revenue on Thursday. Wall Street had expected the company to post earnings of $1.15 a share on revenues of $591.7 million, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.

The stock is a bright spot in the airlines sector, up nearly 31 percent this year. In contrast, United Continental, Delta and American are down 16 percent, 23 percent and 14 percent, respectively.