HONOLULU - March 11, 2014 - 'Ohana by Hawaiian, Hawai'i's newest interisland operation, today launched its inaugural turboprop service to Moloka'i, the first of two islands it will return to the Hawaiian Airlines network. Twice daily service between Honolulu and Lana'i will launch on March 18.
The arrival of Flight HA614 into Moloka'i Airport was followed by a cultural exchange featuring an oli kahea (chant of admission) presented by Hawaiian Airlines and 'Ohana by Hawaiian staff asking for permission to enter the community, and an oli aloha (chant of welcome) from the Hawaiian language immersion students of Punana Leo o Moloka'i and 'O Hina i ka Malama, and the seniors of Alu Like, Inc.'s Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna. Remarks were given by renowned Hilo-based artist Sig Zane, who designed the livery of the aircraft; Tim Komberec, president and chief executive officer of Empire Airlines; Moloka'i Senator Kalani English, chair of the Committee on Transportation and International Affairs; Stacy Crivello, Maui County council member; Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer; and Hadden Watt, 'Ohana by Hawaiian managing director.
The festivities also included a lu'au with nearly 500 Moloka'i residents in attendance, live Hawaiian entertainment, tours of the aircraft and a blessing prior to the departure of Flight HA615 to Honolulu.
"Today marks a very special day for us as Hawaiian Airlines returns to the island of Moloka'i, in partnership with Empire Airlines, to serve its residents and community members with our new turboprop service," said Mark Dunkerley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian. "With the launch of 'Ohana by Hawaiian, our island communities are now connected with a new, safe and reliable service that our kama'aina and their 'ohana can enjoy."
Beginning today, 'Ohana by Hawaiian will offer three daily flights between Honolulu and Moloka'i using a 48-seat ATR-42 aircraft. The daily flights, operated by Empire Airlines, are scheduled below:
|HA610||HNL-MKK||7:00 a.m.||7:25 a.m.||March 12, 2014|
|HA614||HNL-MKK||12:15 p.m.||12:40 p.m.||March 12, 2014|
|HA618||HNL-MKK||5:30 p.m.||5:55 p.m.||March 11, 2014|
|HA611||MKK-HNL||8:05 a.m.||8:30 a.m.||March 12, 2014|
|HA615||MKK-HNL||1:20 p.m.||1:45 p.m.||March 11, 2014|
|HA619||MKK-HNL||6:35 p.m.||7:00 p.m.||March 11, 2014|
|HA612||HNL-LNY||9:30 a.m.||10:00 a.m.||March 18, 2014|
|HA616||HNL-LNY||2:40 p.m.||3:10 p.m.||March 18, 2014|
|HA613||LNY-HNL||10:40 a.m.||11:10 a.m.||March 18, 2014|
|HA617||LNY-HNL||3:50 p.m.||4:20 p.m.||March 18, 2014|
The livery of 'Ohana by Hawaiian's aircraft was created by Sig Zane and his son Kuha'o, who both used Hawaiian Airlines' interisland route map as inspiration for the design, weaving three kapa patterns: piko (navel), representing ancestry and progeny; manu (bird), representing both a bird in flight and the prow of a canoe, the traditional form of migration; and kalo (taro), representing family. The ATR-42 aircraft are named after a significant wind on each of the islands that 'Ohana by Hawaiian will serve: Holo Kaomi of Paoma'i, Lana'i; Kaiaulu of Wai'anae, O'ahu; and Hikipua of Halawa, Moloka'i.
The 'Ohana by Hawaiian operation creates more than 100 new Hawai'i-based jobs in various areas of air transportation including pilots, flight attendants and mechanics as well as ground-handling and customer service positions. Hawaiian Airlines handles reservations and sales for the new operation, allowing the interisland flights to integrate seamlessly into Hawaiian Airlines' well-established route network. The new service operates out of gates 49 and 50 at Honolulu International Airport.
Hawaiian Airlines last flew to Moloka'i and Lana'i in 2004, operating on a Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
For more information or to book a reservation, travelers can visit HawaiianAirlines.com or call Hawaiian Airlines' reservations center at 1-800-367-5320.
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About Hawaiian Airlines
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Now in its 85th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai'i's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, subject to government approval. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands.
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