HONOLULU, March 31, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Hawaiian Airlines today announced a tentative agreement has been reached with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 142 on a four-year contract offering increased compensation for members and operational improvements for the company.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO, commented, "As we have done with all of our new labor contracts, this negotiated agreement will increase the wages earned by our mechanics group while making Hawaiian Airlines stronger and more efficient in its operations."
The tentative agreement covers 600 of Hawaiian's employees working as aircraft inspectors, mechanics, line service, cleaners, and contract service personnel. Union members are expected to vote on the new contract in the coming weeks.
Hawaiian's mechanics union is the last of the company's labor groups to reach a new agreement. Hawaiian previously negotiated new labor contracts with the unions representing its pilots, flight attendants, clerical workers, and dispatchers.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian is the nation's highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in 2008 in the 19th annual Airline Quality Rating study. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past six years (2004-2009) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008 and 2009) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 81st year of continuous service for Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state's primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides more than 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.
SOURCE Hawaiian Airlines