Hawaiian Airlines Employees Share in Company Profits

The airline distributes $24 million to acknowledge employee efforts

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines today rewarded its more than 6,700 employees with $23.8 million in profit sharing – the company’s largest annual payment in its history – in celebration of a record-setting operational and financial year. The employees also received bonuses based on the achievement of a range of business, consumer and community objectives. Combined, the profit sharing and bonus payments amounted to more than 5 percent of employees’ 2017 wages.

“Our profit sharing program recognizes that our team members across the company drive our success,” said Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram. “We’ve been expanding for several years now, but 2017 truly was a remarkable year.

“We continued to grow our fleet and network, opened a state-of-the-art cargo and maintenance hangar, and enhanced our product and the travel experience with more lie-flat seating, new meals and uniforms. We introduced our warm Hawaiian culture and islands to a record 11.5 million guests and maintained our position as the most punctual U.S. carrier. All of this is due to the exceptional teamwork and dedication of our colleagues,” Ingram said.

In a year packed with accomplishments, the airline and its employees:

  • Welcomed the Airbus A321neo aircraft to its fleet, and took deliveries of its 24th Airbus A330 and first ATR-72 all-cargo aircraft.
  • Opened the doors to its 295,800 square-foot Charles I. Elliot Maintenance and Cargo Facility in Honolulu.
  • Announced plans for a comprehensive partnership with Japan Airlines.
  • Introduced new uniforms for over 5,000 front-line employees, and unveiled a refreshed brand and aircraft livery.
  • Retrofitted 14 A330 aircraft with a Premium Cabin featuring lie-flat seats and more Extra Comfort seats.
  • Debuted a new meal program for North America flights.
  • Resumed flights between Honolulu and Maui’s Kapalua Airport, and inaugurated daily non-stop service between Līhu‘e and Kona.
  • Completed 2017 as the leading U.S. carrier for on-time performance, extending its top punctuality record to 14 straight years, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data.
  • Supported 127 non-profit organizations, including its flagship sponsorship of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, while employees volunteered some 10,000 hours for various educational, environmental, cultural and social causes.
  • Added 954 employees to its ‘ohana.

Since its inception in 2009, Hawaiian’s profit-sharing program has distributed a total of $81.5 million, constituting 5 percent of the company’s adjusted pre-tax net income, with its workforce of part-time and full-time employees (excluding officers of the company). 

About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 14 years (2004-2017) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 89th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.

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