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Hawaiian flight attendants reach tentative agreement on narrow-body planes

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:16 p.m. HST, Feb 01, 2013

Hawaiian Airlines and its flight attendants union said today they have reached a tentative agreement on contract terms covering the operation of long-range, single-aisle aircraft that the company plans to acquire to complement its current fleet of wide-body aircraft serving Hawaii from the West Coast.

Details of the agreement are being sent to more than 1,400 of the company’s flight attendants with voting scheduled for Feb. 8-27.

Hawaiian signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus on Jan. 7 to acquire 16 new 190-seat A321neo aircraft between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase an additional nine aircraft.

 The deal was contingent on Hawaiian’s pilots and flight attendants signing new agreements covering operation of the new aircraft.

“Through our collaborative efforts with management, we have reached an agreement that will advance our careers while recognizing our professionalism,” said Sharon Soper, president of the Hawaiian unit of the Association of Flight Attendants.

Hawaiian’s 600 pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, ratified a similar agreement on Jan. 28.

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false wrote:
Good for them. I will NEVER fly a single aisle aircraft to or from Hawaii. BAD MOVE HAWAIIAN
on February 1,2013 | 01:51PM
opus59 wrote:
Hmmm....I believe the canoe you'll be paddling is single aisle.
on February 1,2013 | 02:59PM
hanalei395 wrote:
I think those single aisle aircraft will be used for DIRECT flights, U.S. continent/neighbor islands, where passenger load is less than to/from Oahu. And Hawaiian will save on fuel. Also, on order for Hawaiian, more wide-body, double aisle aircraff.
on February 1,2013 | 03:10PM
shshimizu wrote:
Single aisle aircrafts are the reason I don't fly Alaska Air. If my destination on Hawaiian uses this type of aircraft, there is no reason to fly with Alaska, or SouthWest when they begin flights to Hawaii. These 2 airlines are cheaper, bad move Hawaiian. I fly to the west coast 4-6 times a year exclusively on Hawaiian because of the wide body 2 aisle planes. Given the service has gone down hill lately, we may as well go with the ones that get us there for less.
on February 1,2013 | 03:13PM
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