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Hawaiian to offer nonstop Los Angeles-Maui service starting on July 1

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it will offer daily year-round service between Los Angeles and Maui this summer to answer increasing demand from the Southern California market.

More than 120,000 air seats will be added to both Los Angeles and Maui’s travel markets when the new nonstop service launches on July 1, 2014. The new daily service also capitalizes on convenient connections to Hawai’i from other cities on the U.S. mainland through Hawaiian Airlines’ growing network with airline partners. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines’ Maui hub, which was established in 2012, offers an alternative connecting point for travel to other islands with its expanded neighbor island flight schedule.

Flight Route Departure Arrival Start Date
HA 34 OGG-LAX 3:40 p.m. 11:55 p.m. July 1, 2014
HA 33 LAX-OGG 11:15 a.m. 1:45 p.m. July 2, 2014

The new daily service will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which seats 294 passengers with 18 in First Class and 276 in the Main Cabin.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N388HA (msn 1310) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines to seek Tokyo Haneda-Kona authority, reports a 3Q net profit of $36.8 million

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it will file an application to provide nonstop service between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and Kona International Airport on Hawai’i Island, utilizing operating slots at the Haneda airport being returned by American Airlines later this year.

Hawai’i’s flagship carrier will file its application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday, proposing daily service using its 294-seat A330 aircraft. Hawaiian Airlines’ 2012 application for non-stop Haneda-Kona service included 175 letters of support from members of the Kona community.

Hawaiian Airlines has been connecting Hawai’i and Japan since November 2010, when it launched daily service between Haneda and Honolulu. The airline quickly followed with service between Honolulu and Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Sendai, and now provides 6,700 seats per week between Japan and the Hawaiian Islands.

Kona has been without a non-stop flight from Japan since October 29, 2010, when Japan Airlines discontinued direct service to West Hawai’i from Narita International Airport.

On the financial side, the company reported a third quarter net profit of $36.8 million. Hawaiian Holdings issued this statement:

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2013.

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

  • Adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense, of $36.8 million or $0.69 per diluted share.
  • GAAP net income of $40.6 million or $0.76 cents per diluted share.
  • Available seat miles (ASMs) increase of 9.0% year-over-year.
  • Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increase of 0.2% and operating revenue per available seat per mile (RASM) increase of 0.1%.
  • Cost per available seat mile (CASM), excluding fuel, increase of 2.1% year-over-year.
  • CASM increase of 1.5% year-over-year.

Mark Dunkerley, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that “our third quarter results are a good step towards improving financial performance.  The tide of industry capacity between the US West Coast and Hawai’i is beginning to recede and our new international routes are maturing, both of which are helpful developments.  The strengthening of the US dollar against our major foreign currencies is pushing the other way.  Indeed, were it not for foreign exchange effects, our third quarter results would have been the best in the company’s history.”

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2013 the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $441 million.
  • Available borrowing capacity of $70 million under Hawaiian’s Revolving Credit Facility.
  • Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $763 million consisting of the following:
    • $361 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for six Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
    • $159 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
    • $112 million in capital lease obligations to finance the acquisition of an Airbus A330-200, two Boeing 717-200 aircraft and aircraft-related equipment.
    • $55 million of outstanding floating rate notes issued in conjunction with the acquisition of three Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
    • $76 million of outstanding Convertible Senior Notes.

Business Highlights

Operational

  • Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance for the months of June and July 2013 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report.
  • Exceeded our internal on-time performance goals for the third quarter.

Fleet and financing

  • Returned one Boeing 767-300 aircraft at the end of its lease term.
  • Took delivery of one ATR 42-500 twin-turboprop aircraft to inaugurate new service to Moloka’i and Lana’i.

Product

  • Enhanced our inflight experience on our Boeing 767-300 aircraft by becoming the only U.S. carrier to offer the Apple iPad mini as a replacement for the prior portable entertainment system.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • Honolulu to Taipei, Taiwan three-times-weekly service launched July 9, 2013.
  • Announced the reintroduction of daily non-stop service from Honolulu to Oakland beginning in January 2014, an increase from four times weekly.  Also, announced seasonal service, during the summer of 2014, between Oakland and Kona, three times weekly and Oakland and Lihu’e, four times weekly.
  • Announced seasonal service, during the summer of 2014 between Los Angeles and Kona, three times weekly and Los Angeles and Lihu’e, four times weekly.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER WL N581HA (msn 28141) touches down at Las Vegas.

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Hawaiian to offer nonstop service from Los Angeles to both Lihue and Kona next summer

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) will offer first-ever nonstop service between Los Angeles and the islands of Kaua’i and Hawai’i, in response to growing demand during next summer’s peak travel period.

New annual summer service will commence between Los Angeles and Lihu’e, Kaua’i four times a week, and Los Angeles and Kona, Hawai’i Island three times a week starting in 2014 from June 26 to September 19. The new service will add more than 22,000 seats to both island travel markets over 12 weeks of service, and complements the new Oakland service that will also start next summer with direct flights to Lihu’e and Kona for 10 weeks.

The new Los Angeles service will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft. With the addition of the service, both Lihu’e Airport and Kona International Airport will have a Hawaiian Airlines wide-body aircraft arriving every day of the week next summer.

Flight Route Departs Arrives Frequency Start Date
HA 62 KOA-LAX 12:40 p.m. 9:05 p.m. Tues, Thurs, Sun June 26, 2014
HA 61 LAX-KOA 8:00 a.m. 10:55 a.m. Tues, Thurs, Sun June 29, 2014
HA 64 LIH-LAX 12:40 p.m. 9:15 p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat June 27, 2014
HA 63 LAX-LIH 8:00 a.m. 11:10 a.m. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat June 27, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines is the only carrier serving Hawai’i to offer complimentary meals in Economy Class. In addition, travelers flying between Los Angeles and Kaua’i and Hawai’i, the Big Island can relax and enjoy the comfort and roominess of Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in First Class and 246 in the Main Cabin. Adding to the enjoyment of the travel experience on Hawaiian Airlines is the carrier’s signature onboard hospitality program, Mea Ho’okipa (translation: I am host). Travelers will enjoy island-style complimentary meals and made-in-Hawai’i snacks to go along with Hawaiian Airlines’ engaging presentation of the islands’ culture, people and Aloha Spirit throughout the flight.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3CB ER N588HA (msn 33466) touches down at Las Vegas.

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Hawaiian to operate two routes from Oakland to Hawaii next summer

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) is planning to operate two new long-range routes to Hawaii from Oakland next summer. According to Airline Route, the company will operate the Oakland-Kona (Hawaii) route four days a week from June 13 through August 15, 2014 and the Oakland-Lihue (Kauai) route three days a week from June 15 through August 15, 2014. Both routes will be flown with Boeing 767-300 ERs.

Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing. Boeing 767-3CB N588HA (msn 33466) is pictured at Toulouse, France.

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Hawaiian Holdings reports 2Q net income of $11.3 million

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Honolulu), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Honolulu), reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

  • Adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense, of $12.6 million or $0.24 per diluted share.
  • GAAP net income of $11.3 million or $0.21 cents per diluted share.
  • Available seat miles (ASMs) increase of 20.9% year-over-year.
  • Cost per available seat mile (CASM), excluding fuel, decrease of 11.2% year-over-year.
  • CASM decrease of 9.7% year-over-year.

Mark Dunkerley, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that “Our results for the quarter were better than expected thanks chiefly to some good cost control. Demand across all of our geographies remains strong, even overseas where the dollar has strengthened against foreign currencies.  In North America, our business is coming back as the rate of industry capacity growth moderated in the quarter while our Neighbor Island business is now performing well.  On our international routes we are seeing the strengthening of the dollar undermine some of the excellent results we have had in the last couple of years but this portion of our business remains the core focus of our expansion plans.

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2013 the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $478 million.
  • Available borrowing capacity of $70 million under Hawaiian’s Revolving Credit Facility.
  • Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $767 million consisting of the following:
    • $369 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for six Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
    • $163 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
    • $103 million in capital lease obligations to finance an Airbus A330-200 and two Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
    • $58 million outstanding under floating rate notes issued in conjunction with the acquisition of three Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
    • $74 million outstanding of Convertible Senior Notes.

Business Highlights

Operational

  • Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance for the months of March, April and May 2013 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report.
  • Ranked the #1 domestic carrier for travel to Hawai’i by Travel + Leisure.
  • Expanded our frequent flyer partnership with American Airlines.
  • Announced codeshare and interline agreements with China Airlines for connecting travel through Taipei, Taiwan.

Fleet and Financing

  • Financed our next six Airbus A330-200 aircraft deliveries through 2014 with Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates (EETC).
  • Added three new Airbus A330-200 aircraft for North America and International service.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • Honolulu to Sendai, Japan three-times-weekly service launched June 25, 2013.
  • Honolulu to Taipei, Taiwan three-times-weekly service launched July 9, 2013.

Third Quarter and Full Year 2013 Outlook

The table below summarizes the Company’s expectations for the quarter ending September 30, 2013 and the full year ending December 31, 2013, expressed as an expected change compared to the results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 or the year ended December 31, 2012, as applicable (the results for which are presented for reference).

Third
Quarter
Item 2012 Guidance
Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents) 7.62  Up 2.5% to up 5.5%
Passenger Revenue Per ASM (cents) 12.30  Down 0.5% to up 2.5%
Operating Revenue Per ASM (cents) 13.56  Down 0.5% to up 2.5%
Passenger Revenue Per RPM (cents) 14.77  Down 2.5% to up 0.5%
Passenger Load Factor 83.3%  Up 1 pts to Up 3 pts
ASMs (millions) 4,052.2  Up 7.5% to up 10.5%
Gallons of jet fuel consumed (millions) 54.5  Up 7% to up 10%
Full Year
Item 2012 Guidance
Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents) 8.18 Down in the low single digits
ASMs (millions) 14,687.5 Up 12.5% to up 15.5%

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A N580HA (msn 28140) lines up to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines today commences a new route to Taipei, Taiwan

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) today (July 9) launched nonstop service to Taipei, Taiwan, the latest addition to its expanding international network and seventh Asian gateway destination.

The departure of HA 807 followed gate side festivities that included Hawaiian music and hula, performance honoring the Taiwanese culture, traditional Hawaiian blessing, and presentation of lei to passengers boarding the inaugural flight. Remarks were given by Hawai’i Governor Neil Abercrombie, who was one of several VIP guests on the inaugural flight; V.C. Chu, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu; and Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES TAIPEI FLIGHT

Copyright Photo: PRNewsFoto/Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian Airlines employees greet Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (center) with lei as he boards the inaugural flight from Honolulu to Taipei today. Taipei is the latest addition to Hawaiian Airlines’ growing international network and seventh Asian destination. Front Row (L to R): Sharon Wai, Governor Neil Abercrombie, and Billy Remular. Back Row: Shannon Kaleikini-Fukuda, Sonny Ah Puck and Jerrica Sorrow.

Today’s inaugural capitalizes on the extension of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program to cover citizens of Taiwan. Taipei is the capital city and economic center of Taiwan, and the surrounding metropolitan area of Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung is home to nearly seven million people. As a whole, Taiwan has more than 23 million people and is considered one of the “Four Asian Tiger Economies” with one of the highest Per Capita GDP in Asia.

Hawai’i hosted nearly 10,000 visitors from Taiwan in 2012, according to the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA), which expects arrival numbers to grow substantially with Visa restrictions lifted. “This new Hawaiian Airlines flight fits into our strategy of global market diversification,” commented Mike McCartney, HTA president and CEO. “This new service is critically important asHawai’i strives to become a major hub for that region in Asia.”

Hawaiian Airlines will operate three flights a week between Honolulu and Taipei using a 294-seat A330-200 aircraft. Flight HA 807 departs Honolulu International Airport at 1:55 a.m. every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, crosses the international dateline, and lands at Taipei International Airport at 6:15 a.m. the following day.

The return Flight HA 808 departs Taipei at 8:55 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, crosses the international dateline, and arrives in Honolulu at 1:10 p.m. the same day.

The addition of Taipei to Hawaiian Airlines’ international network follows the launches of service to Tokyo in November 2010, Seoul in January 2011, Osaka in July 2011, Fukuoka in April 2012, New York in June 2012, Sapporo in October 2012, Brisbane in November 2012, Auckland in March 2013 and Sendai in June 2013. New non-stop service will begin between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, subject to government approvals.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot. Airbus A330-243 F-WWYX (msn 1104) became N380HA on delivery.

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Hawaiian starts nonstop service to Sendai, Japan

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) yesterday (June 25) launched its inaugural flight from Honolulu to Sendai, its fifth gateway in Japan and 10th new international destination it has introduced or announced in less than three years.

Passengers of the inaugural flight enjoyed a festive island-style send-off at Honolulu International Airport before boarding, featuring Hawaiian music and hula, a traditional Hawaiian blessing, presentation of fresh flower lei, and a special performance honoring the Japanese culture.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES LAUNCHES NONSTOP SERVICE TO SENDAI

Copyright Photo: Hawaiian Airlines Customer Service Agents Starlynn Kuaana (left) and Charael Perry (right) greet passengers with lei as they board the inaugural flight from Honolulu to Sendai today. Sendai is Hawaiian Airlines’ fifth gateway in Japan and 10th new international destination it has announced or introduced in less than three years. (PRNewsFoto/Hawaiian Airlines).

Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region of northern Honshu, which has a population of more than 9 million. Sendai is known in Japan as “Mori no Miyako,” or Forest City, for its many green spaces in its city center. It is also known for its high quality rice and for its summer Tanabata Festival, which draws thousands of visitors from across Japan.

Hawaiian’s Honolulu-Sendai service is the first scheduled service between Sendai and Hawai’i since another carrier left the market in 2004, and among the first new services to be introduced at Sendai Airport since it was closed for more than a month in 2011 due to damage caused by the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Hawaiian’s flight HA 441 departs Honolulu International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:55 p.m. (1255), cross the international dateline, and arrive at Sendai International Airportat 4:30 p.m. (1630) the following day. The return flight HA 442 will then continue to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport at 5:45 p.m. (1745) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at New Chitose at 7:00 p.m. (1900) before departing to Honolulu at 9:10 p.m. (2110), crossing the international dateline and arriving in Honolulu at 9:50 a.m. (0950) the same day.

Hawaiian operates the Honolulu-Sendai-Sapporo flights using its fleet of  Boeing 767-300E R aircraft that seat up to 264 passengers.

The addition of Sendai to Hawaiian’s international network follows the launches of service to Tokyo in November 2010, Seoul in January 2011, Osaka in July 2011, Fukuoka in April 2012, New York in June 2012, Sapporo in October 2012, Brisbane in November 2012 and Auckland in March 2013. Hawaiian previously announced new service to Taipei, Taiwan in July 2013. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, subject to government approvals.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER N591HA (msn 33423) arrives in Los Angeles.

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Hawaiian swings to a 1Q net loss of $17.1 million

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Honolulu), the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Honolulu), reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2013.

First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

  • Available seat mile (ASM) for scheduled operations increased 26.1% year-over-year.
  • Adjusted net loss, reflecting economic fuel expense, of $14.8 million or $0.29 per diluted share.
  • GAAP net loss of $17.1 million or $0.33 cents per diluted share.
  • Cost per available seat mile (CASM), excluding fuel, decrease of 7.9% year-over-year.
  • CASM decrease of 5.7% year-over-year.
  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $438.2 million.

Mark Dunkerley, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that “Our results for the quarter were disappointing but unsurprising. Our performance was undermined by an extraordinary increase in total industry capacity between Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast and in certain international markets during what is traditionally the weakest quarter of the year.  However, good cost control and an improvement in our Neighbor Island segment helped offset some of the impact during the period.  Looking ahead, published schedules show capacity beginning to decline in the second half which should improve the operating environment.

Throughout, Hawaiian continued to develop its network by growing into new origin markets for the Hawaii visitor.  We launched services to Auckland, New Zealand in March and in the next six months will add Sendai, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan to our increasingly diverse network of destinations.  Our formula of competitive unit costs and a high level of service have allowed us to establish the optimal brand for serving Hawaii that makes us the carrier of choice in the markets we serve.”

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of March 31, 2013, the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $438.2 million.
  • Available borrowing capacity of $69 million under Hawaiian’s Revolving Credit Facility.
  • Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $648 million consisting of the following:
    • $242 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for four Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
    • $167 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
    • $104 million in capital lease obligations to finance an Airbus A330-200 and two Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
    • $61 million outstanding under floating rate notes issued in conjunction with the acquisition of three Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
    • $74 million outstanding of Convertible Senior Notes.

Business Highlights

Operational

  • Ranked #1 nationally for the ninth consecutive year for on-time performance in 2012 and the month of February 2013 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report.
  • Unveiled branding and livery for our new Neighbor Island turboprop operations as ‘Ohana by Hawaiian for service to begin in the summer between Honolulu and Moloka’i and Lana’i.

Fleet

  • Added one new Airbus A330-200 aircraft in February for North America and International service.
  • Executed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 16 new A321neo aircraft for delivery between 2017 and 2020, with purchase rights for an additional nine aircraft.  The long-range, single-aisle aircraft will complement Hawaiian’s existing fleet of twin-aisle aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • Honolulu to Auckland, New Zealand three-times-weekly service launched in March 2013.
  • Announced Honolulu to Sendai, Japan three-times-weekly service beginning in June 2013.
  • Announced Honolulu to Taipei, Taiwan three-times-weekly service beginning in July 2013.
  • Announced the addition of seasonal frequency flights between Honolulu and three Oceania gateways, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland in September and October 2013.
  • Announced three-times-weekly service between Honolulu and Beijing, China beginning in April 2014 pending government approval.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N382HA (msn 1171) is pictured on final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines to fly to China starting in April 2014, will drop Manila

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) today announced it plans to launch non-stop service between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, pending approvals by U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies.

The new service is Hawaiian’s tenth new international destination since November 2010.

The Hawai’i Tourism Authority estimates the new service will generate $81 million in annual visitor expenditures and $8.47 million in tax revenue for Hawai’i.

The new service will be launched from Honolulu on April 16, 2014 and will operate three times each week using a 294-seat A330 aircraft. It will be the only non-stop service between Honolulu and Beijing, which has a population of more than 20 million.

Subject to government approvals, Hawaiian’s Flight HA 887 will depart Honolulu International Airport at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline, and land at Beijing Capital International Airport at 7:30 p.m. the following day.

Hawaiian’s Flight HA 888 will depart Beijing at 9:30 p.m. every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline, and arrive in Honolulu at 1:05 p.m. the same day.

Hawaiian Airlines also today announced it will discontinue its underperforming nonstop Manila service this summer.

Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 455 will make its final trip from Honolulu to Manila on July 31, and HA 456 will make its final return from Manila to Honolulu on August 1, 2013. The service, which operates four times per week, was inaugurated in April 2008.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-243 N381HA (msn 1114) completes its final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines’ flight attendants ratify a new narrow-body aircraft agreement

Hawaiian Airlines‘ (Honolulu) flight attendants have ratified a tentative agreement reached earlier this month between the company and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) 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 aircraft serving Hawai’i from the U.S. West Coast.

On January 7, Hawaiian announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with airframe manufacturer Airbus to acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase an additional nine aircraft.

The company also announced that 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’s pilots ratified a similar agreement between the company and the Air Line Pilots Association on January 28.

The fleet expansion is expected to generate roughly 1,000 new jobs at Hawaiian.

The long-range, single-aisle A321neo aircraft will complement Hawaiian’s existing fleet of
wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawai’i and the U.S. West Coast.

At 146-feet-long, the A321neo will seat approximately 190 passengers in a two-class configuration (First and Coach) and has a range of 3,650 nautical miles. The aircraft will offer the more comfortable seat widths found in the twin-aisle A330.

Copyright Photo: Andy Jung. Hawaiian currently operates the narrow-body Boeing 717 in the inter-island network. The new A321s will open some new thin long-range Mainland routes previously pioneered by Aloha Airlines and largely filled recently by Alaska Airlines with its Boeing 737-800s. The pictured Boeing 717-2BD N488HA (msn 55101) arrives at the Honolulu hub.

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