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.”