January 18, 2008
Hawaiian Pilots’ Statement on New Equipment Negotiations
HONOLULU, HAWAII – Captain Eric Sampson, Chairman of the Hawaiian Airlines unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) released the following statement today after Hawaiian Airlines filed securities documents indicating it might cancel a proposed $4.4 billion aircraft order due to a breakdown in negotiations with pilots.
“After meeting with Hawaiian management this morning to discuss the new aircraft order, it’s clear that there are several issues between the parties that may lead to an impasse. That said, we are still working hard to resolve several key issues. Time may be short, but we won’t be rushed into a bad deal for the pilots. Any agreement we make needs to make sense in the overall context of our long range goals and interests.
“We realize that Hawaiian and its pilots will benefit from growth, but we have contract issues that are equally important to us. Overall, there has to be value for the pilot group beyond the advantages the aircraft will bring to Hawaiian’s shareholders. We entered contract negotiations almost a year ago and will continue to negotiate our contract on an ongoing basis, whether or not the Airbus deal goes through. At our meeting this morning, both parties stated a desire to bring our contract negotiations to an agreeable resolution as soon as possible.
“We hope to work with management to find common ground and negotiate the key issues that will enable Hawaiian to consummate the Airbus deal. If management brings reasonable proposals to the table, we’re hopeful that the Airbus order will be confirmed and we can all move forward together.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots’ union, representing 60,000 pilots at 43 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALPA Web site at http://www.alpa.org.
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ALPA CONTACT: Capt. Eric Sampson, (808) 836-2572