HONOLULU – Dec. 18, 2009 - Hawaiian Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) today announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract that would provide increased compensation for Hawaiian’s pilots as well as operational improvements for the company.

 

Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, commented, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with ALPA during such challenging times in our industry. This agreement will provide Hawaiian’s pilots an outstanding pay and benefits package while also addressing some of the operational issues that are important to the company. We believe this agreement recognizes the important contributions of our pilots while allowing Hawaiian to continue to grow and add jobs.”

 

Eric Sampson, chairman of ALPA’s Master Executive Council at Hawaiian, said, “We believe this is a positive agreement for our membership. We are pleased to have been able to achieve improvements in both pay and retirement for our members and our MEC and Negotiating Committee support the agreement.”

 

The tentative agreement covers 418 pilots at Hawaiian. The agreement is subject to ratification by union members, who are expected to vote on the proposal in the coming weeks.

 

Hawaiian has reached similar agreements that have been ratified by its flight attendants and its dispatchers, and recently reached a tentative agreement with its airport customer service personnel.

 

 

About Hawaiian Airlines

 

Hawaiian is the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in 2008 in the 19

th annual Airline Quality Rating study. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past five years (2004-2008) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian as 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 160 daily jet flights within the Hawaiian Islands.

 

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.