The parent company of Hawaiian Airlines reported strong 2012 earnings of $53.2 million, up from a 2011 net loss of $2.6 million. While Hawaiian Holdings reported a loss of $3.4 million for the fourth quarter, compared to a profit of $20.9 million in the same quarter of the prior year, its revenue increased 13.6% for the fourth quarter to $493 million.
Hawaiian Airlines and the union representing its pilots have tentatively agreed on a contract covering narrow-body aircraft. Hawaiian plans to acquire 16 single-aisle Airbus aircraft from 2017 to 2020.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that it was working on a detailed investigation of the causes of the lithium-ion battery fire that took place aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Boston but does not have any answers yet. The board also said that U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center are examining a second, undamaged battery taken from the same plane.
Boeing announced plans to up the production of its 737s. The aircraft manufacturer plans to produce 38 planes a month instead of 35 planes a month. In 2014, Boeing plans to manufacture 42 planes per month.
Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association have filed a motion to unseal court documents from the Sabre-American Airlines case. The motion claims that Sabre engaged in "anti-competitive business practices." American and Sabre settled the case in 2012, but Sabre sealed more than 100 documents days before the case was settled.