HAL Pilots Approve Narrowbody Letter of Agreement
pilots have approved a letter of agreement that will enable the carrier to add a
completely new aircraft type to its fleet and become more flexible and
competitive in the fast-growing Pacific market.
The new Narrowbody LOA, ratified by an 83-percent margin, will help bring
state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient Airbus A321 NEOs to Hawaiian by 2017. The A321s
will bridge the gap between HAL’s smaller Boeing B717 airliners and its large
Boeing B767 and Airbus A330 widebody aircraft.
“We’re pleased that our pilots see the value in bringing this new aircraft
type into our fleet,” said HAL MEC chairman Capt. Rick Horne. “This agreement
will create nearly 300 more pilot jobs, allow our current pilots to upgrade
faster, and make our airline stronger.”
The LOA sets pay and work rules for the A321 fleet. HAL
management has placed a firm order for 16 of the mid-size aircraft, with options
for nine more. The A321s will primarily be flown on new routes between the
Hawaiian Islands and the West Coast, allowing HAL to provide direct service from
smaller West Coast markets and destinations on the “Neighbor Islands,” such as
Maui and Kona.
Hawaiian is in the midst of a major program to modernize and expand its
fleet. If the company exercises all its options for new A321, A330 and A350
aircraft, it could have as many as 77 jets and more than 1,000 pilots by 2020.
Hawaiian Holdings is also in the beginning stages of creating a regional
subsidiary that would fly ATR turboprops to smaller destinations within the