HONOLULU – Mar. 9, 2009 - Hawaiian Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – Clerical division (IAM-C) on a two-year contract that would provide increased compensation and flexibility for employees, as well as operational improvements for the company.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, commented, “Thanks to a collaborative approach we’ve been able to reach a tentative agreement with the IAM that would increase pay for our unionized ground staff while helping to strengthen our company at the same time.”
The tentative agreement covers 1,220 employees working in airport customer service, ramp, reservations, schedule planning, purchasing, records and crew scheduling positions at Hawaiian. The agreement is subject to ratification by union members, who are expected to vote on the proposal in the coming weeks.
Hawaiian reached a similar agreement last month with its flight attendants’ union, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA).
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past five years (2004-2008) and has also 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 80th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state’s biggest and longestserving 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.