Mokulele Airlines Enters Joint Venture with Mesa Air Group

Media Release:

Today, Mokulele Airlines announced an agreement to form a joint venture with Mesa Air Group, Inc. in which the two companies will partner to provide low-fare inter-island air service. The joint venture will provide inter-island air service under both the Mokulele and go! brands, which will create Hawaii’s second-largest inter-island airline and its only low-cost carrier.


Existing reservations booked on both airlines will be honored. Passengers will continue to book travel on both Mokulele ( and go! ( websites and check-in for jet services at the newly co-branded go!/Mokulele ticket counters, enjoying the added benefit of seamless travel to destinations served by both airlines. Mokulele jet routes currently operated by Republic Airways’ Shuttle America subsidiary will be transitioned to jet service provided by Mesa Airlines beginning Thursday (October 15) this week. Mokulele Express operating scheduled service in the Mokulele Cessna Caravan fleet between Honolulu-Moloka’i, Kahului-Moloka’i and Kona-Kahului remains unchanged.

“Mokulele’s mission has always been to provide affordable, reliable inter-island air service to both local travelers here in Hawaii and to the many who come to visit this beautiful state,” said Scott Durgin, CEO of Mokulele Airlines. “Unfortunately, the global economic crisis has dramatically decreased air travel and tourism, and these effects have been sorely felt in Hawaii. The agreement will allow us to continue offering a low-fare schedule, one that is appropriate to the level of demand in the market today.”

Durgin added, “I want to offer my sincerest gratitude to the employees of Mokulele, who worked so hard to build up this company and worked tirelessly as a team to create new alliances and collaborations that will serve us well in the long term. We are grateful for the many loyal customers who were quick to return, having experienced the exceptional travel experience our staff provide. We made tremendous strides during extremely daunting economic and industry conditions but those same conditions necessitate the steps we are announcing today to position the Mokulele brand for future success as a key component of Hawaii’s second-largest airline operation.”

Commenting on how this will affect employees, Durgin said, “We are jointly taking a close look at how we can create greater efficiencies in the combined operation and deploy our workforce in ways that make for a viable second airline. We are working very hard to preserve every job,” he added.

Mesa Air Group Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Ornstein said, “We are pleased to partner with Mokulele in launching this joint venture. We look forward to building on this strategic partnership, which will create opportunities for future growth of both the go! and Mokulele brands.”

About Mokulele Airlines

Mokulele Airlines was founded in 1998 as Mokulele Flight Service Inc. The airline operates scheduled U.S. carrier service to six cities in Hawaii and also offers tour flights and inter-island cargo service. Mokulele employs approximately 160 associates and sells tickets directly to passengers via its website and through its Honolulu reservations center at 808-426-7070.

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