2017 Election Notice

Election Notice Transport Workers Union Local 540 Elections will take place in May 2017. Nominations are now being accepted for the following offices: • TWU Local 540 President • TWU Local 540 Vice President • TWU Local 540 Recording Secretary/Financial Secretary-Treasurer • TWU Local 540 Executive Board Member at Large • Your Airline’s Section Chairperson Nominations must be made in writing using the nomination form. The nomination form must be mailed to: TWU Local 540 18331 Pines Blvd. Suite 229 Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 Candidates must accept nomination in writing to be included on the ballot. Nomination and acceptance forms should be postmarked by April 12, 2017. The Election will be conducted and certified by an independent Election Services provider. Voting will take place in May. Results of the Election will be posted on the TWU 540 website. Election instructions will be sent in a future mailing. Please be sure that your Section Chairman has your Current Address and contact info. The term for each office is three years beginning June 1, 2017. Duties, responsibilities and requirements for each office are outlined in the TWU International Constitution and TWU Local 540 By-Laws. All candidates must be a TWU Local 540 Member in continuous good standing for the twelve months ending March 15, 2017.

JetBlue going to Europe? Airline hints at adding long-range routes

By Cynthia Drescher  Published March 23, 2017

Portland. Providence. Paris. One of these three is not like the other, and yet it might be if popular low-cost airline JetBlue pushes ahead with apparent plans to purchase planes capable of flying over the Atlantic Ocean.

The airline consistently ranks high in our Readers' Choice Awards among the best airlines in the U.S. and, with such rave reviews, it's no wonder that rumors pop up of the airline potentially adding Europe to its route map.

Last July, JetBlue strongly hinted that it had been shopping for aircraft capable of flying further than its current fleet of Airbus and Embraer planes.

At the time, JetBlue spokesperson Doug McGraw addressed Europe directly in a comment to Condé Nast Traveler, saying: "Europe suffers from the same lack of competition and high fares as (transcontinental) routes have. We have not committed to the LR (long-range aircraft), or to adding Europe to our network, but that is certainly an environment that JetBlue competes well in."

According to Brian Sumers at Skift, JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes recently confirmed some rumors, as the airline is sizing up the Airbus A321LR, a version of the current favorite Airbus A321, but with the added ability to efficiently fly longer routes.

The question, for Hayes, is: "Will flying that airplane to … Europe drive a higher rate of return than flying it elsewhere in our network?”

With ultra-low-cost airlines like Wow Air and Norwegian already selling seats from as little as $69 each way between the U.S. and Europe, and deals from the major airlines frequently dropping as low as $400 roundtrip (even over holidays), there's little doubt that JetBlue has sleepless nights and numbers to crunch ahead of any decision.

The funny thing is JetBlue already serves Europe … kind of. Airline partnerships are confusing, and JetBlue has a long list of them that allow travelers to book flights to Europe on JetBlue's website.

For example, its agreement with TAP Portugal makes it possible to book and pay once for flights from, say, Savannah to Lisbon, with JetBlue flying you from Savannah to New York, and TAP taking over for the long-haul to Portugal. If JetBlue begins their own service to Europe, travelers from the U.S. would be able to fly the one airline the whole way, enjoying the airline's signature service (unlimited snacks!) the entire way.

How many free bags of Terra Blue potato chips does it take to cross the ocean?

Frontier comes in second to last for ranking of best and worst airlines

Airline says its working to improve various services

By DANIKA WORTHINGTON | dworthington@denverpost.com | The Denver Post

PUBLISHED: March 2, 2017 at 5:01 pm | UPDATED: March 3, 2017 at 12:38 am

Denver-based Frontier Airlines came in second to last in a ranking of 10 largest domestic carriers, leaving ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit on the bottom rung.

Travel-advice site The Points Guy ranked airlines in four broad categories: price, convenience, headaches and extras.

Releasing their results this week, Alaska Airlines stood atop the group, only faltering in the size of its route network. But study authors say its future looks bright in that regard, given the U.S. Department of Justice approval of its merger with Virgin America.

But for now, Virgin America will have to settle with third place as United Airlines came between the bedfellows for the No.2 slot.

Spirit limped across the finish line last, finishing at the bottom for on-time arrivals, customer satisfaction, cabin comfort and frequent flyer programs.

Although Frontier was ranked above Spirit, the Denver-based ultra-low-airline came in last for lost baggage, and for fees for baggage and itinerary changes.

Frontier spokesman Jim Faulkner said the airline has been taking steps to improve various services, including technical issues and automation in the bag room, how it responds to bad weather events and how it monitors plane taxiing and gate waits so the airline can react more quickly.

The airline has also added two new services — the Works and the Perks — that allow flyers to bundle costs, such as seat selection, carry-on bags and checked bags.

“Internally, we’ve actually seen complaints come down in the month of February,” Faulkner said, “which is good news.”

Unsurprisingly, the two ultra-low-cost carriers finished ahead of the pack on airfare, Spirit being the cheapest followed by Frontier.

Island Air set to debut newest aircraft

By Ashley Nagaoka, Reporter


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – 

 Island Air is set to debut the future of its fleet, which will allow the airline to add more seats, more flights, and more routes.

In a market long dominated by Hawaiian Airlines, industry experts say these new planes could help make Island Air a real competitor. 
 "We decided that the Q400 was going to be the best aircraft for our skies here in Hawaii," said David Uchiyama, President and CEO of Island Air.

Uchiyama says his new fleet will give Hawaii residents and visitors more options for inter-island travel.

"It's going to increase our seat inventory considerably. Besides the 14-seat difference from our existing aircraft, with the additional flights, it's about 162 seats a day per aircraft that will be added."

Island Air ordered three Bombardier Q400s. Each plane seats 78 passengers and cost them about $25 million each. 

Uchiyama believes with all of the new planes in service, it will help improve the company's financial performance.
 "We'll be able to fly each of the aircraft so optimizing the revenue potential is really going to be there with the new fleet."

Aviation expert Peter Forman says the state's second largest airline carrier is making the right moves.

"It's a question of who is going to be able to challenge Hawaiian Air, and Island Air really needed an airplane this nice to be a serious contender. So let's see where we go," said Forman.

With gas prices slowly going up, he believes this new model will help Island Air remain competitive in the market.

"Ticket prices should be about the same because this is a very efficient airplane, so it's just a matter of island air getting people out to try the airplanes," said Forman.
 Island Air hopes to transition its entire fleet by this summer and hopefully expand to seven Q400s by the end of the year.
 As for new routes – Hilo is possibly next in line.

"We're taking a look at everything, but we want to grow responsibly. We hope to be able to serve all of our islands eventually," said Uchiyama.

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Veteran Airline Executive Donald J. Carty to Join Hawaiian Airlines Board of Directors

HONOLULU, Dec. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., today announced the return of Donald J. Carty to both companies' boards of directors effective Friday, December 23, 2016.  Carty, a seasoned airline executive, has served on the Hawaiian Holdings board twice before, from July 2004 to February 2007 and again from April 2008 to May 2011.

"Don Carty possesses deep experience with and understanding of both the airline industry and publicly traded companies and we are delighted to welcome him back to the boardroom," said Lawrence Hershfield, chairman of the board of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

Carty most recently served as chairman of the board of Virgin America, Inc., a position he held from 2006-2016 until the acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Airlines was consummated.  Carty has held numerous executive leadership roles during his career, serving as chairman and chief executive officer for AMR Corporation and American Airlines, president and chief executive officer of Canadian Pacific Air Lines and vice-chairman and chief financial officer of Dell.  He is also a director of Canadian National Railway Company.

Carty joins board members Lawrence S. Hershfield, chairman; Mark B. Dunkerley; Randall L. Jenson; Crystal K. Rose; William S. Swelbar; Richard N. Zwern; Joseph Guerrieri, Jr.; Duane E. Woerth; and Earl E. Fry.

About Hawaiian Airlines
 Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 12 years (2004-2015) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.   

Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.       

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and become a fan on its Facebook page.           


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SOURCE Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.