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Hawaiian Airlines Trustee Tells Flight Attendants More Concessions Needed

Date: February 3, 2004

HONOLULU, Feb. 3 -- The trustee of the Hawaiian Airlines bankruptcy outlined a plan at a meeting in Los Angeles, CA, on Jan. 27 that includes a demand for more concessions from the flight attendants, even while the airline has returned to profitability.

Hawaiian flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, have already sacrificed to help turn the airline around by agreeing to a package of contract concessions last March that will save the airline $3.475 million per year.

"We will review the airline's finances and the Trustee's business plan to determine whether more concessions are essential," said AFA Hawaiian Airlines Master Executive Council President Sharon Soper. "There has to be a better plan for Hawaiian Airlines to survive in the long-term than more sacrifices from its employees."

Flight attendant sacrifices in March 2003 provided the airline with significant productivity improvements, giving the airline more flexibility in scheduling and the ability to code share with American Eagle and America West Airlines. Changes to the reserve program and modifications in the sick leave policy and accrual rates that were also made have contributed significantly to the airline's return to profitability.

In the Jan. 27 meeting, Hawaiian's bankruptcy trustee said that if the workers don't agree to more concessions, he will file a Section 1113 motion with the bankruptcy court to force concessions on the workers. "Forcing concessions through the bankruptcy court would be like declaring war on Hawaiian's employees," Soper said.

More than 46,000 flight attendants at 26 airlines, including 900 at Hawaiian, join together to form AFA-CWA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us @ www.afanet.org.

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