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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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Go! To Partner With Island Air

Mesa Airlines (Go!’s parent) and Hawaii’s Island Air have just announced a new partnership. Taking the lead from Republic Airlines, which partnered with Hawaii’s Mokulele Airlines last fall, Mesa announced a tentative code share agreement in which Go! will market Island Air services between Kahului, Hilo and Lihue. They expect to extend that code share [...]

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Mokulele in Default; Republic May Take Over Service

Updated 2/18:  Mokulele president Bill Boyer indicated this morning that the $300K payment due Republic was being made today. Republic Airways announced in an earnings statement this morning that their Hawaii partner Mokulele Airlines has drawn down its entire $8 Million line of credit and is in default on payments thereon.  If the matter isn’t [...]

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New “Deal” Airline Coming To Hawaii?

I’ve been hearing rumors for several months now that Allegiant Air is planning to begin service to Hawaii.  We’ve also learned that they have been around the state scoping out potential business opportunities.  I’m excited about the possibility, and find their approach very interesting.  Here’s why. An Airline where “air” is not their priority. Allegiant, [...]

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Mokulele Airlines’ Inaugural Maui Flight Report

Mokulele Airlines had their inaugural flight on Monday between Honolulu and Maui’s Kahului Airport.  As members of the local press, we were invited by their CEO, Bill Boyer, to take part in the festivities.  It was our first opportunity to fly Mokulele since they began inter-island jet service in November. Our Report on Mokulele Airlines [...]

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Hawaiian Airlines Updates

Three New Airbus 330-200 Aircraft Now Scheduled for 2010 This is Hawaiian Airlines’ first non-Boeing aircraft acquisitions in years.  It will  increase their ability to compete on more distant routes including the East Coast and Asia. I’m not betting on Asia yet but will on Chicago, Atlanta and New York. The new planes will feature: [...]

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Delta 747-400 Atlanta To Honolulu

Effective April 1 (for real), the only domestic 747 route to Hawaii begins thanks to Delta. If you’re on the East Coast, you’ll be able to catch Delta flight 803 leaving Atlanta at 10:15 am, arriving Honolulu at 1:30 pm.  The return, Delta flight 802, leaves Honolulu at 3:15 pm and arrives Atlanta the next [...]

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Hawaii Inter-Island Update: Superferry and Mokulele

One thing seems to stay the same.  That is that the state of Hawaii’s inter-island transportation is in constant flux. 1.  Superferry. Today, I’m reminded that Superferry will be in court next week.  The Hawaii Supreme Court is to decide on whether the service can continue to operate. Many believe that Governor Linda Lingle and [...]

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