Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced two tentative agreements on five year contracts with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The agreements will increase compensation for more than 1,500 employees in District 141 employed in the Clerical, Office, Stores, Fleet and Passenger Services and more than 700 employees in District 142 who work as Aircraft Mechanics and Inspectors, Line Servicemen, Cleaners, and Contract Services personnel.
The agreements are subject to ratification by union members, who are expected to vote on the proposal in the coming weeks.
In other news, Hawaiian Airlines will increase travel options between Kaua’i and California during the summer of 2016. Daily service between Lihu’e and Oakland and Los Angeles will take place during the peak travel months from mid-June through September.
Beginning May 27, 2016, the airline will offer three-times weekly service from Oakland to both Lihu’e and Kona, four-times weekly service from Los Angeles to Kona, and increase its regular nonstop service between Los Angeles and Lihu’e to four-times weekly. From mid-June through Sept. 5, service to Kaua’i from both Oakland and Los Angeles will be offered daily.
The seasonal Oakland and Los Angeles service to the islands of Kaua’i and Hawai’i will add nearly 74,000 air seats to these travel markets over 14 weeks of service. The flights to Kona will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft, seating 294 passengers in a three-class cabin, with 18 in First Class, 40 in Extra Comfort and 236 in the Main Cabin. Flights to Lihu’e will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in First Class and 246 in the Main Cabin.
With the addition of both seasonal services, both Lihu’e Airport and Kona International Airport will have a Hawaiian Airlines wide-body aircraft arriving every day of the week next summer.
Copyright Photo: Andres Meneses/AirlinersGallery.com. Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N378HA (msn 1615) with the Oakland Raiders logo approaches the runway at Las Vegas.