Hawaiian Air workers share $31M

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    Peter Ingram is president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines recently rewarded more than 7,100 employees $31 million in profit-sharing and bonus payments in recognition of their exceptional performance in 2018. The amount represents more than 11 percent of Hawaiian’s adjusted net income of $274.8 million last year.

“Our people are the heart of Hawaiian,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. “This year was not without challenges, including devastating volcanic activity and flooding. Through it all, our employees welcomed a record 11.8 million guests with our signature Hawaiian hospitality and leading punctuality, volunteered to support our communities, and worked to solidify our company’s future.”

Highlights included expanding its cargo business with the launch of all-cargo, neighbor island service between Honolulu, Lihue and Hilo.

According to a press release, other highlights include:

• Launching new, daily, nonstop services between Long Beach and Honolulu and between Portland and San Diego to Maui, while increasing seasonal nonstop service between Los Angeles and Kona to a year-round flight.

• Taking delivery of nine new, fuel-efficient, Airbus A321neo aircraft, increasing the size of the fleet to 11 aircraft and allowing Hawaiian to further reduce costs and lower carbon emissions. The airline plans to be operating a total of 18 A321neos by the end of next year.

Next month, Hawaiian will begin new, nonstop service between Boston (its 13th U.S. mainland city) and Honolulu, and between Sacramento and Maui.

“We are heading into the second quarter of 2019 with 7,271 employees whose passion and work ethic have positioned us to grow stronger in 2019 and beyond,” said Ingram. “I am very honored to be part of Hawaii’s airline, and look forward to the year ahead.”

  1. I saw a Vampire once March 11, 2019 7:31 am Reply

    That is that much employees through out the state. They aren’t all full time workers. Some are part time workers. Because there are peaks and valleys to this job. Some times there just ain’t any passengers during a specific season. So there is no work. They have got to expect this. And so they don’t go into work during these slow business times.

  2. Charlie Chimknee March 11, 2019 8:25 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    As a staunch Hawaiian Air (HA) Customer, let’s congratulate HA on sharing over 10% of their profits with their employees @ approximately $4,000 each. A great gift before tax time and apparently generous. Who couldn’t use $4K right now?

    It would seems possible the push for this generosity may be that Southwest Airlines’ moving into not only competition with HA in mainland flights but also incredibly so for Hawaii, our interisland flights as well.

    What’s been seen in Asia is that when a new airline, in existence already or just a start up, what happens is that the new carrier in order to facilitate bringing in new employees to fill the new ground and air employee need and demand, the new airline company quietly , harvests the current employees of the existing same air route airlines, in this case being only Hawaiian Airlines.

    From pilots to ticket counter employees the need now exists for Southwest to fill. Let’s hope Southwest does not disrupt what we already got going on good and reliable already.

    As quickly as Aloha Airlines shut down, was it a 10 minutes notice to their employees, will HA begin to see employees drift off to SW for better wages or more convenient working shifts, locations, and hours.

    We recall one prominent large Asian air carrier unable to fill flight personnel due to employee “harvesting” by the new carrier on their air routes.

    Let’s hope that does not happen to HA, after all they have served us all for well over 80 years, “by cracky”, and ON TIME Safely as well.

    A $4K check is much better than a loyalty pep talk, though both might be of help.

    For Southwest Airlines to find new employees who are already embedded with Hawaii on all islands, have housing, cars, friends, and know their local terrain by shopping and get around, will not be easy to get to,fill,their flights infrastructure, especially canvassing all islands.

    Unless a thicket disparity is a few hundred dollars vs. $45, due to the excellence that HA has been all these years for us, our family we will remain staunch HA customers.

    We’re comfortable in our seat in their canoes and don’t feel the need to change canoes.

    Mahalo to Hawaiian Airlines, keep up the Always Good Service whether it’s on the ground or in the air…we’ll see you at the airport.


  3. RaisedFees March 11, 2019 9:38 am Reply

    Raised the fees on the general public and tourists to secure greedy profits. Hawaiian Airlines will reap what they sow.

    Now that Southwest Airlines has arrived, I hope the majority of people who complained about getting fleeced by Hawaiian Airlines will show them that their greed has caused a broken relationship.

    I will boycott Hawaiian airlines for this article proves what they did with the overpriced airfares.

    I am disgusted by their GREED.

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