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Hawaiian Airlines pilots ratify narrow-body aircraft agreement

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:31 a.m. HST, Jan 28, 2013

Hawaiian Airlines’ pilots have ratified a tentative agreement reached earlier this month between the company and the Air Line Pilots Association on new contract terms covering the operation of long-range, single-aisle aircraft the company plans to acquire to complement its current  fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft serving Hawaii from the West Coast. 

The company is in talks with the Association of Flight Attendants about a similar agreement.

Hawaiian announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding on Jan. 7 with airframe manufacturer Airbus to acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase an additional nine aircraft. 

The 190-seat A321neo fleet expansion is expected to generate roughly 1,000 additional jobs at Hawaiian. 

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allie wrote:
Terrible airline. This sort of plane is good for interisland travel only. It is VERY uncomfortable
on January 28,2013 | 06:47AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
You have no idea. They don't even have jets in the airport where you are from. Why do you comment on so much when you know so little. Your lack of intelligence, not to mention spelling, is astounding on many of your posts. What kind of life do you have that you have so much time to write here. You also mentioned that you were offered a job teaching, ummmm, that's not how it works. You have to have a college degree first before you even apply. I feel sorry for people like you.
on January 28,2013 | 09:36AM
Kaluu wrote:
Allie, your comments seem fine to me.
on January 28,2013 | 09:56AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Its the new reality. Get used to it. Long range flights on single aisle aircraft are pretty widespread now days. Its not just trans Pacific flights but you have flights of similar length between the east and west coast and even to Europe. The economics simply work out better Basically with the likes of Alaska and United flying their 737's and American and Delta still flying their 757's Hawaiian saw the light, buy those airbus A321 which is comparable to a 757, but a tad wider, and re-deploy those A330s to more lucrative international flying.
on January 28,2013 | 03:46PM
thatsashame_0723 wrote:
Agree. Just went east coast to west coast on Airbus 320 single aisle. Paid to get premium seating which you know HA will do.
on January 28,2013 | 07:01PM
Venus1 wrote:
Hawaiian joins United in downgrading service to Hawaii!! United now flying old Continental 757s!
on January 28,2013 | 06:55AM
Kaluu wrote:
I believe pilots and flight attendants should have narrow bodies. It instills confidence in passengers, assuring them that their lives are in the hands of discipllined professionals.
on January 28,2013 | 09:01AM
shshimizu wrote:
Single aisle planes are a bad idea. I fly Hawaiian to the mainland because of their wide body 2 aisle planes. By converting to single aisle planes, there's no reason to stay loyal to them when airlines like Alaska are cheaper. Sorry Hawaiian when you convert to these planes, I'll purchase exclusively on price.
on January 28,2013 | 09:07AM
kailuabred wrote:
Single aile planes absolutely suck on long flights. What a horrible decision.
on January 28,2013 | 09:29AM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
oh good, now I'll be able to sleep at nights.....
on January 28,2013 | 09:31AM
hon2255 wrote:
Would never fly the single isle to San Fran or Lax, or Vegas, forget that!!
on January 28,2013 | 09:54AM
Kaluu wrote:
Hey, allie, your comments seem fine to me.
on January 28,2013 | 09:54AM
Kaluu wrote:
P.S. I've always (half doz decades of so) preferred Hawaiian because of extraordinarily nice employees and reliable service. Have had some very nasty experiences on other airlines. I cheered when a couple rat carriers went out of business. I sure hope the physical seating and walking comfort levels don't deteriorate.
on January 28,2013 | 10:00AM
cojef wrote:
Reserve my comments until I know more about single aisle planes and not having been on one. One comment to ad, wish airlines executives fly in coach on all of their business trips and endure what common people have to put up with. Due to my illness on the return flight from HNL to LA asked up-grade to 1st class. That's o a double aisled plane. Of recent, have equated all aircrafts as "cattle-cars" used to haul people as bovine cargo.
on January 28,2013 | 10:38AM
shshimizu wrote:
Just checked the seating specs, there are 3 seats on each side of the aisle. Alaska Air maybe a better alternative, it's cheaper. And when Southwest starts flying to Hawaii at least you get a free checked bag and the prices are again cheaper than Hawaiian.
on January 28,2013 | 11:09AM
hon2255 wrote:
Any dates yet as to when Southwest will enter the market, ?? hopefully sometime this year so they can eliminate Allegiant, they are the worst, major delays and cancellations to and from here, also a friend recently rode them to Sacramento, flight delayed several hrs coming back, crew in cabin were rude. Stay away from Allegiant, they also nickel and dime you on all your carry ons and checked bags as well.
on January 28,2013 | 02:36PM
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