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Brace For 160 Seat 737s To Hawaii

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the WSJ article yesterday, indicating that American, Continental and Delta’s 737′s are being reconfigured with 160 seats.  That’s an additional 10-12 seats in economy depending on airline.  While this may not make big news on a one or two hour flight, it’s noteworthy on the long haul [...]

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TripAdvisor’s New Stand on Fraud

Updated June 23:  This article has been picked up and written about by Travel Weekly, WalletPop, Hotel Chatter, Chris Elliott, Arthur Frommer and others. The conversation continues. Thank you. Updated June 4:  I was asked on Twitter how many other such warnings exist on the TripAdvisor site.  As of this morning I find a total [...]

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Travel Industry Updates

Hyatt Hotels Twitter can really help. In what may be an important indication of the future of Twitter in travel, the hotel chain has introduced their online virtual concierge.  You can now contact your Hyatt hotel via Twitter with questions, or even just to tell them you’ll be arriving late.  If you’re not yet on [...]

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Mokulele Airlines: Updates On A Hidden Gem

We’ve both been flying around Hawaii on Mokulele Airline’s Embraer 170 jet service again. That is a big change for these two guys who have been Hawaiian Air’s most frequent fliers for years. Inter-island airfares are still cheap, so its a great time to see more than one island the next time you are in [...]

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Baggage Fees: Billions Made in 2009; Hawaii Fees

U.S. domestic airlines charged us more than $1 billion last year for excess baggage, as reported today by CNN.  Given that 2008 was the year the airlines started tightening the screws with the unpopular baggage fee, expect to see at least double or triple that number for 2009.  In the last quarter of 2008 alone, [...]

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Hawaii And Korea Move Closer

In some much needed good news for Hawaii’s tourism-based economy yesterday, we began to see the fruition of our State’s work to encourage travel between Hawaii and Korea. Hawaiian Airlines is seeking approval to serve Seoul directly from Honolulu. Starting June 15, Hawaiian wants to significantly expand their code-share agreement with Korean Airlines. It was [...]

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Go! Airlines Double Trouble

As I’ve stated before, Go! may not be long for aviation.  Many industry analysts have questioned their ongoing financial viability. For a plethora of reasons, both those stated below and not, I suggest flying Hawaiian, Mokulele, or Island Air. 1. Go! parent sells only other off-shore venture. Go!’s parent, Mesa Airlines, is in the process [...]

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Allegiant Confirms Hawaii Plans

As we first broke this story back on February 10, prior to other media, Allegiant Air officials have confirmed their desire to extend operations into our Hawaii market.   Their presence will undoubtedly bring more discounted travel opportunities to Hawaii visitors. Honolulu newspapers are reporting today that highly successful and rapidly expanding Allegiant, would like to [...]

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Southwest Axes Hawaii Plans

For those of you who have been waiting, it appears that Southwest Airlines has given up on the idea of serving Hawaii either directly or with a U.S. code share partner. Southwest and its Pilots’ Association have just reached a tentative accord. Contained is a specific provision that the airline will not enter into any [...]

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Hawaii Bids Goodbye To Superferry

Last night’s announcement that Superferry will be shutting down immediately came as no surprise to me. As I wrote on November 20: “Superferry is likely to cease operations.  They have too high cost, too few riders, a rough winter ocean ahead, and an upcoming decision about a complete environmental impact study, among other problems.” The [...]

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