Release #: HAL 17.01
February 13, 2017

Hawaiian Airlines Pilots Reach Tentative Contract Agreement with Management

HONOLULU—Pilot leaders at Hawaiian Airlines have endorsed a tentative agreement on a five year, three-month contract with significant pay raises, work rule improvements and retiree health care protections. Membership voting on the agreement will begin next month.

Hawaiian’s tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA)  includes pay rates backdated to September 2015 that will immediately increase pay for the airline’s 665 pilots from 20 to 45 percent. By the end of the contract in 2022, rates will have increased by 36 percent to 86 percent depending on an individual pilot’s seat, years of service, and aircraft type.

ALPA’s goal from the beginning of negotiations was to attain a market-rate agreement that brought the Hawaiian pilots into line with their professional peers that fly similar aircraft and routes.

“We have achieved pay that is within reach of Delta and United, and comparable to FedEx and American. Our pay will never lag far behind others again,” ALPA’s Hawaiian Master Executive Council (MEC) said in a message to pilots.

Hawaiian had been in negotiations with ALPA for two years, and the pilot contract became amendable in September 2015. The two sides had been talking directly for the past few weeks to explore pathways to a new agreement after federal mediation had ceased. The airline had its most profitable year ever in 2016 and its stock is near its all-time high.

Union leaders will hold a series of membership meetings in Honolulu, Seattle and Los Angeles beginning February 15 to explain the tentative agreement to pilots. The pilots will begin ratification voting on the tentative agreement March 6 and voting will close on March 24. A simple majority is required to ratify the contract.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 55,000 pilots at 32 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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