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United Airlines outsource options are many

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

As United Airlines ponders whether to outsource more than 100 Hawaii-based jobs, it has a lot of choices for contractors to do the same work.

Sources in the local aviation industry say Aloha Contract Services is an obvious choice, but more than a dozen other companies could bid, including Swissport, US Aviation and even DGS, a division of Delta Air Lines.

United Airlines told employees at Kona, Kahului and Lihue airports no decision has been made on whether to outsource, let alone to whom. According to workers, however, some of their colleagues are applying for transfers to other UAL stations now and are even applying for work with companies that might wind up taking over their work.

Aloha Contract Services is a former division of Aloha Airlines that survived the demise of the airline in 2008. It provides ground services in Hawaii for Japan Airlines, Korea Air Lines, Qantas Airways, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, the Canadian discount carrier WestJet and other carriers.

Swissport and US Aviation are companies with operations in several areas of the airline industry including ground services, while DGS bids for similar business, even, sometimes for Delta Air Lines competitors.

Apart from the level of wages and benefits, cost control in airline ground services depends heavily on how much idle time there is between flights. Outside contractors, by doing work for several carriers, can sometimes find efficiencies in this area.

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