Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Approve Fleet Enhancement Deal
February 4, 2008
Washington, DC - Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), announced today that they have reached an agreement that will allow company management to move forward with its new fleet acquisition. Due to language in the current contract, AFA-CWA needed to negotiate staffing for the new aircraft before Hawaiian management could finalize the $4.4 billion deal with Airbus. Sharon Soper, AFA-CWA Master Executive Council President, issued the following statement after Hawaiian's management formally announced the deal with Airbus.
"Hawaiian's flight attendants are pleased and encouraged by the plan to enhance our fleet. This new aircraft order is essential to Hawaiian's growth and success, and we look forward to working with management and the rest of the Hawaiian family as we build our future together.
"Because each type of aircraft is unique, flight attendants will require additional training in order to become familiar with, and proficient in the safety and evacuation techniques that are specific to the new planes.
AFA-CWA has worked with management to ensure that safety issues are addressed and these new aircraft are adequately staffed to deliver the safety, security and premium on-board product Hawaiian's customers expect.
"We are keenly aware and mindful that the success of the airline must not be off the backs of the employees. AFA-CWA will take actions necessary for our company to be successful, but we will never jeopardize the safety and well-being of our flight attendants. It is imperative the future success of our airline be shared equally by all employees."
For over 60 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has been serving as the voice for flight attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill. More than 55,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines come 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 (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.