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Posted: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 9:16 AM HST

Hawaiian reaches deal with pilots on new planes

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaiian Airlines says it has reached a deal with its pilots union to operate new Airbus planes as part of a plan for expanded routes between the West Coast and the islands.

The airline said Monday its pilots have ratified an agreement between the company and the Air Line Pilots Association.

Hawaiian says it is working on a similar agreement with the union representing flight attendants.

The deals come as the airline makes plans to add 16 new A321neo jets between 2017 and 2020. The single-aisle planes each seat about 190 passengers.

The Honolulu-based airline plans to add 1,000 jobs in the expansion.

Hawaiian's CEO Mark Dunkerley has said the planes could be used for new nonstop routes between western mainland U.S. cities and Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

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