This is turning out to be a good week for shoppers looking at interisland flights Hawaii with recent news from Island Air and Hawaiian Airlines. These announcements point to the likelihood of reduced pricing ahead for visitors and Hawaii residents.
Island Air Moves to State-of-The-Art Aircraft
First, Island Air is stepping up to the competition big time, with a fleet of faster, quieter, more comfortable and more environmentally friendly new Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The first of the new planes was blessed yesterday and two more aircraft will be in service shortly. The 35 year old Hawaii company plans to have a fleet of as many as 6 of the new planes on board this year.
We expect to see more inter-island routes from Island Air and increased number of flights per route, with the new planes. The company has been using an aging and unreliable fleet of French built ATR-72 turboprops for a number of years. That resulted in decreased guest satisfaction and increased financial losses as we wrote about in Island Air Disappoints. With this announcement of new planes, we are excited to try Island Air again and suggest that you do too.
Island Air had decided on the Q400’s previously, but ended up cancelling them following a series of financial reverses and reorganization.
Hawaiian Airlines Expands Inter-Island with a Fare Sale
Next, Hawaiian Airlines is on an expansion tear too. The company announced this week that for the first time ever they will begin nonstop flights between the Big Island and Kauai. Introductory fares are $89, which considering this is the longest route in the Hawaiian Islands, is quite reasonable.
New one hour flights, starting March 12, will operate once daily. Kona departure time is 9:38am and Lihue departure time is 3:44pm.
For this introductory fare, book at Hawaiian Airlines by July 19 and travel between March 12 and May 24, 2017.
“We are proud to now offer our guests direct access between these islands, in addition to our connecting flights through Honolulu or Maui. This gives travelers greater flexibility and convenience when traveling through the Hawaiian Islands.” – Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines.”