Hawaiian Airlines pilots have ratified a
tentative agreement reached earlier this month between the company
and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on new contract terms
covering the operation of long-range, single-aisle aircraft the
company plans to acquire to complement its current fleet of
wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft serving Hawaii from the U.S. West
Hawaiian recently signed
a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus
to acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft between 2017 and 2020, with
rights to purchase an additional nine aircraft.
The acquisitions are contingent upon the
signing of new agreements with its pilots’ and flight
attendants’ unions covering operation of the new aircraft type.
Hawaiian is also in talks with the Association of Flight Attendants
(AFA) about a similar agreement.
The A321neo fleet expansion is
expected to generate roughly 1,000 additional jobs at Hawaiian.
The long-range, single-aisle A321neo aircraft will complement
Hawaiian’s existing fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767
and Airbus A330 aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawaii
and the U.S. West Coast.
At 146-feet-long, the A321neo will
seat approximately 190 passengers in a two-class configuration
(First and Economy) and has a range of 3,650 nautical miles.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed,
however, the aircraft have a total list-price value of
approximately $2.8 billion if all of the purchase rights are
“Everyone at Hawaiian wants us to keep our position
as the market leader in service quality, cost efficiency and
choice of destinations and ordering the A321neo will secure this
legacy on routes between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii beyond the middle of this decade,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and
chief executive officer of Hawaiian Airlines.
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