Island Air

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Island Air
IATA
WP
ICAO
MKU
Callsign
MOKU
Founded1980 (as Princeville Airways)
HubsHonolulu International Airport
Kahului Airport
Frequent-flyer programCloud 9
Fleet size4
Destinations8
Company sloganFind Yourself in the Sun.
Parent companyHawaii Island Air, Inc.
HeadquartersHonolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Key people

Les Murashige (President and CEO)

Lesley Kaneshiro (CFO)
Websitehttp://www.islandair.com
 
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Island Air
IATA
WP
ICAO
MKU
Callsign
MOKU
Founded1980 (as Princeville Airways)
HubsHonolulu International Airport
Kahului Airport
Frequent-flyer programCloud 9
Fleet size4
Destinations8
Company sloganFind Yourself in the Sun.
Parent companyHawaii Island Air, Inc.
HeadquartersHonolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Key people

Les Murashige (President and CEO)

Lesley Kaneshiro (CFO)
Websitehttp://www.islandair.com

Island Air (officially Hawaii Island Air, Inc.) is an independent American commuter airline based in Honolulu CDP, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii.[1][2] It operates scheduled inter-island passenger services in Hawaii. Its main base is Honolulu International Airport[3] on Oahu, with a hub at Kahului Airport on Maui.

The airline maintains code sharing and frequent flyer agreements with Hawaiian Airlines, go!, and United Airlines. It also operates its own frequent flyer program, Cloud 9.

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History

Princeville Airways

Island Air was incorporated in 1980 by Colorado-based Consolidated Oil and Gas as Princeville Airways. It began scheduled services on September 9, 1980, between Honolulu and Princeville using two DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. It served a regular commuter route between Princeville and Honolulu, primarily for Princeville Resort hotel guests. The Princeville Airways fleet consisted of eight DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft.

Aloha IslandAir

In May 1987, Consolidated Oil and Gas sold Princeville Airways to Aloha Air Group, the parent company of Aloha Airlines. Princeville Airways was renamed Aloha IslandAir and served the growing inter-island commuter needs that Aloha Airlines could not accommodate with its larger jetliners. In June 1992, Aloha IslandAir registered the name Island Air as its trade name. In 1995, newly renamed Island Air was granted certification by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate larger aircraft to serve the burgeoning commuter market in Hawaii. In April of that year, Island Air took possession of its first thirty-seven seat De Havilland Canada Dash 8 aircraft.

Hawaii Island Air

Dash 8-100 in the livery introduced in 2006

In December 2003, it was announced that Gavarnie Holding, LLC would purchase Aloha IslandAir from the Aloha AirGroup, making Island Air Hawaii's third largest independent airline. The purchase was completed on May 11, 2004, and the company was renamed Hawaii Island Air, Inc., although the airline continued to do business as "Island Air." After the purchase, Island Air expanded its business, acquiring more aircraft and flying new routes.

In May 2008, Island Air was awarded Essential Air Service routes from Kansas City International Airport to Joplin, Missouri, Grand Island, Nebraska, Harrison, Arkansas, and Hot Springs, Arkansas but did not announce specific starting dates.[4] The following month, however, the airline withdrew from its contract after concluding that a mid-September startup date was unrealistic, citing staffing and fuel costs.[5]

Island Air is wholly owned by Gavarnie Holding and has just under 300 employees (at May 2010).[6]

On July 19 2012, Island Air revealed a new business model which included a complete image and brand overhaul. This coincides with the arrival of the airline's new ATR fleet of aircraft in August.[7]

On July 19, 2012, Island Air also unveiled a new website to go alongside its new brand and image launch.[8]

On October 4, 2012, Les Murashige was appointed as the company's new President and CEO replacing Lesley Kaneshiro. Lesley is still with the company as the Chief financial officer.[9]

Destinations

All destinations served by Island Air are in the state of Hawaii in the United States. The following destinations are served:[10]

IslandCityAirportRefs
HawaiiKailua-KonaKona International Airport
KauaiLihueLihue Airport
LanaiLanai CityLanai Airport
MauiKahuluiKahului Airport
MauiKapaluaKapalua Airport
MolokaiHoʻolehuaMolokai Airport
OahuHonoluluHonolulu International Airport

Service between Honolulu and Lihue was discontinued on August 30, 2009, and service to Hilo was completely discontinued on August 17, 2009.[10]

Fleet

Dash 8-100 in the airline's pre-2006 livery

The Island Air fleet includes the following aircraft (as of August 2012):[11]

Island Air Fleet
AircraftIn FleetOn OrderPassengersNotes
ATR 42-320546for delivery in 2012-2013
ATR 72-2121264for delivery in 2012-2013
Bombardier Dash 8-100337
Saab 340B133wet lease from PenAir

The airline took delivery of a Bombardier Q400 (N539DS) in March 2006 and on a five year lease. In September 2006, the airline announced that it was withdrawing the aircraft from inter-island service the following month, with delivery of two Q400s rescheduled to 2007. The airline has since returned all Q400 aircraft and has no plans to return these aircraft to service.[12]

Aviation Week & Space Technology reported on May 19, 2011, that the airline was looking to add one or two additional Dash 8 aircraft, and was also discussing new aircraft options with ATR, Fokker, Saab, and SuperJet International.[13] The airline announced in late February 2012 that it had reached an agreement to lease six ATR 72 aircraft, along with a Saab 340 wet leased from PenAir.[14] The airline stated in July 2012 that deliveries of ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft would begin the following month.[15]

Accidents and incidents

On October 28, 1989, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operating Aloha IslandAir Flight 1712 crashed in a mountain on approach to Hoolehua Airport, Hawaii. The crash killed all 20 on board.[16]

Services

Cloud 9

Cloud 9 is the travel rewards program of Island Air. The program's airline partners also include Hawaiian Airlines and Star Alliance member United Airlines. Aloha Airlines was formerly an airline partner until it discontinued passenger operations.[17]

The Cloud 9 program has no membership fee and any flight credits will be valid for 3 years following the date of the flight. Cloud 9 accounts which do not earn any flight credits for two years can be placed on "inactive status" and any credits on the account would be forfeited. After nine flight segments an one-way award ticket is credited to the member, and after 18 flight credits, a round trip award ticket.[18]

Logos

References

  1. ^ "Contact Information." Island Air. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  2. ^ "Honolulu CDP, HI." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 95. 2007-04-03.
  4. ^ "Island Air awarded Midwest flights". Pacific Business News. 2008-05-06. http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2008/05/05/daily27.html. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  5. ^ "Island Air withdraws from Midwest contract". Pacific Business News. 2008-06-09. http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2008/06/09/daily5.html. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  6. ^ Segal, Dave (2010-05-09). "Survivor". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. http://www.starbulletin.com/business/20100509_Survivor.html. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
  7. ^ "Hawaii Island Air Enhances Inter-Island Service; Launches New Brand And Rolls Out New Fleet Of Efficient Jet Prop Aircraft". 2012-07-19. http://www.islandairgroup.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
  8. ^ "Hawaii Island Air launches a new website". 2012-07-19. http://www.islandairgroup.com. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  9. ^ "Island Air appoints new executive management". 2012-10-4. http://www.islandairgroup.com/. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  10. ^ a b "Route Map". Island Air. http://www.islandair.com/flight-info/route-map. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  11. ^ Polek, Gregory (August 13, 2012). "ATRs Anchor Rebirth of Hawaii’s Island Air". http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/ain-air-transport-perspective/2012-08-13/atrs-anchor-rebirth-hawaiis-island-air. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  12. ^ Segal, Dave (2006-09-27). "Island Air sidelines its biggest plane". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. http://starbulletin.com/2006/09/27/business/story01.html. Retrieved 2006-09-27.
  13. ^ Michels, Jennifer (May 19, 2011). "Island Air Ready to Grow". Aviation Week & Space Technology. http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/commercial_aviation/ThingsWithWings/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3a7a78f54e-b3dd-4fa6-ae6e-dff2ffd7bdbbPost%3ad1d67d29-d07c-47d4-a6c2-8fd53d91562d. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  14. ^ Dicus, Howard (February 27, 2012). "Island Air moves faster on expansion". Hawaii News Now. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/17026667/island-air-moves-faster-on-expansion. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  15. ^ Trimble, Stephen (July 20, 2012). "Island Air shows off new livery as Hawaiian competition heats up". Flightglobal Pro. http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/island-air-shows-off-new-livery-as-hawaiian-competition-heats-up-374585/. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  16. ^ Waite, David (October 30, 1989). "20 die in worst interisland air crash, 8 from high school teams among dead". Honolulu Advertiser: p. A1.
  17. ^ "Reward Programs". Island Air. http://www.islandair.com/rewards-programs/airline-partners. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  18. ^ "Cloud 9 Terms and Conditions". Island Air. http://webres.islandair.com/Terms.aspx. Retrieved 2009-10-01.

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