Alaska starts season flights between Anchorage and Kona, Hawaii, reaches a tentative agreement with the IAMAW

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will start nonstop seasonal service to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii on November 10 and ends on April 7, 2013. The new service complements the airline’s year-round daily service to Honolulu and seasonal service to Maui which begins on November 4 and ends on April 14, 2013.

Summary of seasonal Anchorage-Kona flights:

Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Nov. 10-April 6 Anchorage-Kona 1:15 p.m. 7 p.m. Saturday
Nov. 11-April 7 Kona-Anchorage 10 a.m. 5:35 p.m. Sunday

Flights are operated with Boeing 737-800s.

In other news, Alaska Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers(IAMAW) jointly announced they have reached tentative agreement on a new six-year contract covering the carrier’s 587 ramp service and stores agents. The agreement includes wage increases of 10 percent over the life of the contract, long-term incentive bonuses, and job security and improved productivity provisions.

Negotiations between the airline and union began in February and culminated in agreement on a proposed contract two months before the current pact becomes amendable. Ratification vote results are expected by August 1, 2012. If approved, the new contract would become amendable in July 2018.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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