Hawaiian flight attendants ratify A321neo contract

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Flight attendants at Hawaiian Airlines have ratified a tentative agreement that allows the airline to finalise its memorandum of understanding for 16 Airbus A321neos.

The agreement allows the Honolulu-based carrier to fly single-aisle aircraft on long-haul flights overwater, it says in a statement.

"Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants are key partners in the success of our airline," says Sharon Soper, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) Hawaiian Airlines president, in a statement. "These new contract terms pave the way for future growth and job creation while advancing our profession with additional contract improvements."

The airline and AFA, which represents Hawaiian's more than 1,400 flight attendants, reached the tentative agreement on 1 February.

Hawaiian's pilots ratified a tentative agreement allowing for the addition of the A321neos on 28 January.

The carrier announced a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for 16 A321neos, as well as purchase rights for an additional nine, with deliveries between 2017 and 2020 on 7 January. It intends to use the aircraft on flights between Hawaii and the US west coast.