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Hawaiian Airlines begins restructuring

By Howard Dicus - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines has begun a restructuring of its management that ends 30 positions while creating about 50 more, for a net increase in its 4,020-person payroll.

 "We're aligning resources with the growth plan," Hawaiian spokesman Keoni Wagner said Friday. "We're still hiring, though, so that part of the plan isn't complete yet."

 Most of those affected are neither hired nor fired, but rather are being promoted or reassigned to new duties, reflecting the airline's growth plan, or they will do the same job as before in a department that has different reporting lines from before.

 No vice presidents are leaving but some will have different reporting lines or different responsibilities. One example Wagner gave is that information technologies had been scattered across three divisions but will now be consolidated.

 Hawaiian has been hiring for months to prepare for its first-ever service to Japan and Korea, creating a need for Japanese and Korean speakers but also for people with experience in Asia customer service practices and operational procedures at airports the company did not previously serve. Before November, the closest Hawaiian came to serving Asia was its service to Manila and Sydney.

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