Progress in Island Air
The 34-year old company Island Air is looking forward to obtaining new aircraft that can serve Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. By creating more jobs and building a sustainable company, Dave Pflieger, who became CEO on October 1st, hopes to provide employees with exciting professional opportunities and job security. Recently, the Hawaii-based airline announced in April that it was cutting 20 percent from its 341-member workforce, reducing service and postponing its decision on bringing in a new fleet of planes. Pflieger said the company’s principal request for all unions is to extend the date of negotiations to a period when Island Air “expects to be done with restructuring and growth and to be profitable.” While the contract is still unresolved, Pflieger is confident that, “Our restructuring efforts are well underway and already producing results.” New planes would allow for greater possibility for travel throughout Hawaii. The possibility to add destinations beyond the Islands is being discussed.
“The entire team here at Island Air has done an amazing job over the past 10 months significantly improving operational performance and reliability, enhancing customer service, increasing revenue and reducing costs.”
There are three main groups of employees that contribute to Island Air. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents customer service employees, aircraft maintenance and flight attendants. The Transport Workers Union represents flight dispatchers and crew schedulers. The pilots are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association. Each employee is integral to Island Air’s service. They could be the flight attendants who guide you through safety procedures or the customer service employee who you correspond via email to buy your ticket. They all work diligently every day to keep travelers safe and provide a memorable experience.
In an an email last week concerning cuts of union members, CEO Pflieger said “Almost 90 percent of these members voted ‘yes’ to our proposals for a sustainable future. We are continuing to hold discussions with our pilots.”
All staff cuts and changes in service were proposed to implement sustainable solutions for its service. By consolidating operations to a smaller number of markets, the company is focused on cost and revenue structure. What is most important to Plieger is the his goal to “create more competition and provide the people of Hawaii with an affordable alternative for inter-island air travel.”
Pflieger highlighted the possibility of purchasing aircraft in the near future. Customers and business partners alike are noticing positive changes. “These results and others are proving that we have a very exciting future ahead of us — one that will greatly benefit the people of Hawaii and all of our employees.”
Check out the Island Air website here.