Hawaiian flight attendants endorse airline's purchase of new aircraft


Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants ratified a tentative agreement between the carrier and the Association of Flight Attendants on Feb. 27, endorsing new contract terms covering the operation of long-range, single-aisle aircraft the company plans to order for service between the Aloha State and the U.S. West Coast.

Hawaiian announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus to acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft between 2017 and 2020 with an option for nine additional planes in January, noting that the deal was contingent upon new agreements with its pilots and flight attendants.

Hawaiian’s pilots ratified a deal between the carrier and the Air Line Pilots Association Jan. 28.

“Everyone at Hawaiian wants us to keep our position as the market leader in service quality, cost efficiency and choice of destinations,” Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “And ordering the A321neo will secure this legacy on routes between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii beyond the middle of this decade.”

According to Hawaiian officials, the fleet expansion is expected to generate approximately 1,000 new jobs.
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