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Mokulele Airline Flights Return to Kapalua, Maui

Mokulele Airlines, one of Hawai’i’s favorite commuter airlines, is expanding its services by returning to the Kapalua Airport, located on West Maui.  Flights will begin on July 1st with 4 flights a day, and fares as low as $59.97 based on availability.

“As we expand our fleet, we will continue connecting the dots in Hawai’i,” says CEO Ron Hansen “The new flights will provide customers with additional options when traveling to and from Maui at affordable prices.”

“The added lift from Honolulu to Kapalua will be valuable as we head into the busy summer season,” said Michael Jokovich, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. “It will provide our guests with a convenient alternative to flying into Kahului and additional access for visitors to enjoy all that Kaanapali has to offer.”

Flights are currently available online at www.mokuleleairlines.com, thru the reservations department, and thru your favorite travel agent.

Depart Arrive Flight
Honolulu to Kapalua 10:25A 11:07A 1780
2:20P 3:02P 1782
Kapalua to Honolulu 11:28A 12:10P 1781
3:23P 4:05P 1783

Mokulele Airlines has recently been adding new cities to its growing network, most recently by providing the only daily non-stop flights between Kahului and Lanai City starting at $45.00.

ABOUT MOKULELE AIRLINES

Mokulele Flight Service, flying the skies of Hawai’i since 1994, was recently purchased by TransPac Aviation Holdings in late 2011. Mokulele offers over 46 flights a day connecting Maui & Oahu to the Big Island, Lanai, and Molokai using 9 seat turbine powered Cessna Grand Caravan 208 aircraft. The company maintains its headquarters in Kailua-Kona. For reservations & information, visit mokuleleairlines.com, facebook.com/mokulele , visit your favorite travel agent, or call 866 260 7070.

Mokulele Airlines Offering $38.00 Flights for Hawaii Senior Citizens – “WikiWings” Program

Mokulele Airlines  is rolling out a new program aimed at helping elder kama’aina save money when flying inter-island.

The airline, based on the Big Island, will be offering a flexible travel option that allows Hawai’i senior residents, with state ID (or proof of residence and age), the ability to fly for as low as $38.80 each way (taxes included) when booked within 30 minutes of departure at the airport check-in counter.

“I promised the people of Hawai’i that we will transform Mokulele into an airline that is focused on its Hawaiian customers,” said CEO Ron Hansen, “and by offering a new senior citizen discount we are living up to one of the promises.”

The WikiWings program works like this: any Hawai’i resident (with ID) at 65 years of age or older can request a seat on any Mokulele Airlines flight and fly. Reservations are only confirmed 30 minutes before departure (45 min in Honolulu). WikiWings customers are given the flexibility to fly when they want and when there is an open seat. Reservations require payment at the ticket counter and there are no change or cancellation fees. WikiWings is not available on partner flights operated by go.

“By allowing Hawaii’s seniors flexibility, they can stay longer, to finish their business, spend more time with family, or even fly back and forth more often without being stuck to a particular time or flight, I feel we can help bring back the spirit of aloha when they fly,” said Hansen.

Mokulele Airlines recently started the only nonstop service between Lanai and Maui, flying two roundtrip flights a day. Mokulele’s flights connect the Big Island and Maui with the Kona/Kahului shuttle and also between Lanai, Moloka’I to Maui and Honolulu.

Mesa Airlines Receives FAA Maintenance Gold Award

Mesa Airlines, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Company’s Maintenance team was awarded the Federal Aviation Administration’s prestigious Employer’s Gold Award for 2011.

The award is based on the percentage of the company’s eligible aviation maintenance technicians (“AMTs”) who complete a minimum amount of initial and recurrent training during the year. Of Mesa’s 221 eligible maintenance professionals, 195 — or 88 percent — received an individual AMT Award for 2011. The award provides maintenance technicians with incentives to improve safety by actively participating in initial and recurring training programs on their own initiative or in training programs subsidized by their employers.

Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and CEO, said, “We are delighted to be recognized by the FAA for training excellence, and I appreciate the hard work by our maintenance people and training team for continuing to be industry leaders in training and safety programs.” Garry Appling, Senior Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering, added, “Mesa takes great pride in the dedication of our maintenance staff and I applaud our personnel for maximizing the opportunities to benefit from the training resources they have available to them. This dedication is a strong reflection on Mesa’s commitment to a Safety First culture.”

Mesa currently operates 77 aircraft with over 390 daily system departures to 92 cities, 35 states, Mexico, Canada and the District of Columbia. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as go!. In June 2006 Mesa launched inter-island Hawai’i service as go! and in October 2009 formed a joint venture with Mokulele Airlines. The go! and Mokulele operations link Honolulu to the neighbor island airports of Hilo, Kona, Kahului, Ho’olehua, Lana’i and Lihu’e, utilizing 5 CRJ-200 aircraft operated by Mesa Airlines and 4 Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft operated by Mokulele Flight Service under a code-sharing agreement. Mesa, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 2,800 employees.

Mesa Announces Sale of Mokulele Turboprop Operation

MESA AIR GROUP, INC. announced the sale of Mokulele Flight Services, Inc., its inter-island turboprop service operating four, nine seat, Cessna Caravan aircraft to Scottsdale, Arizona based Transpac Aviation, Inc. Mesa will continue to operate its jet inter-island service as go!Mokulele. Under the terms of the sale Transpac Aviation, operating as Mokulele Flight Services, Inc, will also continue to offer service under the go!Mokulele brand and serve it’s current routes as a code-share partner.

A Mokulele Turboprop

Passengers will continue to book reservations on both the jet and caravan service on www.iflygo.com and www.mokulele.com for seamless travel to the destinations served by both airlines. Existing reservations booked on the caravan service will be fully honored.

“This sale was a part of our strategic plan to concentrate on our inter-island jet service,” said Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Ornstein.

“This sale was a part of our strategic plan to concentrate on our inter-island jet service,” said Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Ornstein. “We believe this sale will allow us to focus on growing and expanding our low cost jet service to the people of Hawaii, particularly our loyal o’hana, and importantly, the alliance with Transpac Aviation will ensure that the smaller cities of Hawaii will still have critical air service and will provide a tremendous platform for the future growth of the go! and Mokulele brand. We are also happy to announce that current Mokulele employees will remain with the Mokulele Flight Services to ensure a seamless transition for our valued customers.” continued Ornstein.

Transpac Aviation, Inc CEO Ron Hansen said, “Hawaii has always been a special destination to me both as an airline pilot and as former CEO of several world wide air charter companies. It is very exciting to return and have the opportunity to serve the people of Hawaii by offering quality, low cost inter-island transportation. This partnership announced is an exciting and positive step for go!Mokulele and its passengers. We look forward to working with our new partners at Mesa and are confident that Mokulele Flight Services will continue to meet and exceed our passengers’ expectations”.

Mesa currently operates 87 aircraft with approximately 465 daily system departures to 96 cities, 37 states, Canada and Mexico. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go!Mokulele. The Company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 2,700 employees and was awarded Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine in 1992 and 2005.

Mesa Emerges from Bankruptcy

From Aviation Online:

Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group expected to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in late January approved its reorganization plan.

Mesa listed as its main restructuring accomplishments the extension of its code-share agreement with US Airways through September 2015, the elimination of more than 100 aircraft leases and financings that contributed to the “deleveraging” of its balance sheet by $700 million in capitalized leases and $50 million in debt; the restructuring of aircraft leases and financings for its fleet of Bombardier CRJ200s and Dash 8s, resulting in flexibility and no long-term lease exposure on the 50-seat CRJ200s; and its emergence as a private company, issuing new notes, common stock and warrants to its creditors.

During its restructuring, Mesa cut the size of its fleet from 178 airplanes to 76 CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jets, while losing a long fight to maintain its Delta Connection code-share contract. The plan cedes control of the carrier to unsecured creditors and grants US Airways a 10-percent stake in the regional group. Mesa and its various units operate as US Airways Express, United Express and go!Mokulele in Hawaii.