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Hawaiian Airlines employees share $31M in profit and performance bonuses

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Source: HAL media release

Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines this week rewarded more than 7,100 employees with $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.”

In November 2018, Hawai’i’s oldest and longest-serving airline celebrated the start of its 90th year of service with a company-matched employee giving campaign that raised $187,000 benefiting four local nonprofits.

The anniversary campaign was in addition to the contributions provided annually via the Hawaiian Airlines Team Kokua community giving program, which supported 284 non-profit organizations last year with a total of 20 million Hawaiian miles, $93,000 in donations and 10,400 volunteer hours.

Last year, Hawaiian Airlines also:

•    Launched new daily non-stop services between Long Beach and Honolulu, and between Portland and San Diego to Maui, while increasing seasonal non-stop service between Los Angeles and Kona to a year-round flight.

•    Expanded check-in operations to an additional lobby at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), its Honolulu hub.

•    Announced it would develop a new technology center in Phoenix this year to strengthen its IT capabilities.

•    Expanded its cargo business with the launch of all-cargo neighbor island service between HNL, Lihu'e Airport on Kaua‘i and Hilo International Airport on the Island of Hawaii.

•    Filed a joint application with Japan Airlines seeking antitrust immunity to create a joint venture that promises significant consumer benefits and the opportunity for service expansion.

•    Enhanced its comprehensive codeshare partnership with Japan Airlines with the implementation of reciprocal frequent flyer benefits for HawaiianMiles and JAL Mileage Bank members.

•    Secured its future flagship wide-body aircraft with the signing of a definitive purchase agreement for 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with rights for an additional 10 aircraft, to be delivered starting in 2021.

•    Took 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.

•    Extended its partnership with Barclaycard US, Hawaiian's co-branded credit card partner, under a new agreement through 2024 featuring a refreshed rewards structure for the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard and the Hawaiian Airlines Business Mastercard to enable cardmembers to earn more miles faster.

The company kicked off 2019 with the launch of a greatly improved mobile app that provides such enhancements as navigation aids for larger airports and live flight updates. Next month, Hawaiian will begin new non-stop 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 Hawai’i’s airline and look forward to the year ahead.”