Hawaiian Airlines Beefs Up For Summer With New Hiring Spree

In preparation for summer, Hawaiian Airlines is looking to hire over 400 people. The airline announced that its rebound is going strong, but it is in need of qualified professionals to support the airline’s operations this summer. Even with employees back from furloughs, the airline is showing its optimism on the recovery.

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Hawaiian Airlines is seeking people to fill open positions across its network. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Hawaiian Airlines hiring for over 400 positions

With Hawaiian rebuilding its network and pent-up demand releasing, the airline has reached a point where its current employee headcount is not sufficient for its operations. To accommodate growing interest in travel to the state, the airline is ramping up its hiring efforts.

The airline is seeing a particularly acute need for employees in Maui. As a result, Hawaiian is offering $2,000 sign-on bonuses for experienced applicants for most jobs on the Valley Isle.

Robin Kobayashi, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Hawaiian Airlines, stated the following on the hiring:

“We aspire to be the employer of choice. We offer rewarding career opportunities along with generous travel privileges. As businesses recover from the pandemic, the need for qualified workers is increasing. It is imperative that we remain competitive, and we hope our sign-on bonus for positions on Maui generates a lot of interest.”

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Hawaiian Airlines is offering a sign-on bonus for some Maui positions. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

The new positions are spread across a variety of workgroups. The positions include airport operations such as guest service agents, ramp agents, operations managers, and aircraft mechanics. Most of the positions are in Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, Kona, and Lihu’e. There are opportunities to work for Hawaiian Airlines on the West Coast. The majority of these are part-time positions.

For those seeking full-time job opportunities at Hawaiian, those opportunities are at the company’s corporate office. Located in Honolulu, the airline is hiring for positions in IT, marketing, human resources, and sales.

A complete list of positions open is posted here. The new positions will augment Hawaiian’s position as hometown airline. It currently employees around 6,850 people. Over 90% of these employees are based in Hawaii.

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Furloughed employees are back, but it is not enough

Hawaiian has recalled nearly all of its furloughed employees. However, now, it is hiring to backfill vacant positions. Some openings are designed to support the airline’s new routes. This includes nonstop services from Honolulu to Orlando, Austin, and Ontario and added flights from Maui to Phoenix and Long Beach.

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Hawaiian Airlines also needs employees to support increasing frequencies to the mainland. Photo: Long Beach Airport

After spending much of the last year operating a skeleton network with limited need for large headcounts, the airline is coming back. The carrier is focused on its mainland US to Hawaii services and plans to orient its summer capacity on this market.

Turning the page on the crisis

Hawaiian Airlines is now firmly looking ahead outside of the crisis. The airline has upgauged select flights between the US and Hawaii and used its spare long-haul jets to support its long-haul flying.

More frequencies are planned for the US to Hawaii this summer. As a result, the carrier needs more talent to help run smooth operations. Hawaiian Airlines, however, will face some competition.

Hiring is starting to come back in the airline industry. From pilots to ground staff to corporate positions, nearly all airlines are starting to post new jobs. The TSA is also on a hiring spree, seeking to hire more security personnel to man checkpoints as passengers prepare to come back this summer.

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This is good news from Hawaiian Airlines. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Hawaiian joins its peers, including Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air in resuming hiring. As the recovery continues and airlines expect profitability in the second-half of the year, expect more companies to start to post more job opportunities.

Not all opportunities will look the same, however. Delta wants its new hires to be fully vaccinated. Hawaiian Airlines has not stated that requirement, yet, however. Moreover, airlines have also made some structural adjustments to permanently reduce the number of corporate and other positions within the airline.

As a result, not every department may look the same in terms of numbers of employees as it did in 2019. Nevertheless, it is an encouraging sign to see Hawaiian Airlines resume hiring in earnest and even offering those who fill an acute need in Maui a $2,000 sign-on bonus.

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