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Mokulele Flight Service, Inc., doing business as Mokulele Airlines, Inc.,[1] is an American commuter airline based in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.[2] The airline operates scheduled inter-island and charter flights primarily among Hawaii's smaller airports.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Mokulele Flight Service and Mokulele Airlines 1.2 go! Mokulele joint venture 1.3 New Mokulele Airlines 1.4 California expansion

2 Fleet 3 Destinations 4 Accidents and incidents 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Mokulele Flight Service and Mokulele Airlines[edit] The airline was founded in 1994 as Mokulele Flight Service by Rebecca "Kawehi" Inaba, and was the first airline in Hawaii to be founded by a Native Hawaiian
Native Hawaiian
woman. In 2005 it was acquired by Boyer Industries LLC, headed by former baggage handler turned entrepreneur William "Bill" Boyer Jr., who became the airline's CEO.[3] The company, at this point, had a fleet of three Piper Navajo Chieftains and was only operating charters and sightseeing trips to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and scenic flights around the Big Island and Maui. In September 2006, the airline announced that it had reached an agreement with Mesa Air Group and its go! division, whereby Mokulele would operate Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft to Kapalua, Molokai, and Lanai
Lanai
under the name go!Express. Service began with flights from Kapalua to Honolulu, Kahului, and Kona on April 17, 2007.[4][5] Service began for flights to Molokai
Molokai
on July 21, 2007 and flights to Lanai
Lanai
on October 6, 2007. In January 2008, the airline reached an agreement with Aloha Airlines to provide cargo service to Molokai, Lanai, and Kapalua under the name Aloha Cargo Express beginning in April using a Cessna 208 Cargomaster.[6] Following Aloha's March 2008 bankruptcy, Boyer indicated that he had an agreement with Aloha CEO David Banmiller to work with the buyer of Aloha's cargo operations to continue the Mokulele-Aloha contract. Boyer also stated that the airline would go ahead with cargo operations under its own name, Mokulele Air Cargo.[7] In October 2008, Mokulele announced that it had reached an agreement with Republic Airways Holdings to provide inter-island jet service. On November 19, Republic's Shuttle America
Shuttle America
began operating two Embraer 170 regional jet aircraft on flights between Honolulu, Lihue, and Kona under the Mokulele name, with additional aircraft and destinations to be added in 2009.[8] As a result of Mokulele's entrance into markets that compete directly with go!, that airline later announced that it would end the go!Express agreement with Mokulele in April 2009.[9] In December 2008, Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
announced partnerships with two larger North American airlines. The first, with Alaska Airlines, allows members of Alaska's Mileage Plan frequent flyer program to earn and redeem miles on Mokulele flights, with a code-sharing agreement hoped for in early 2009.[10] The second, with WestJet Airlines, provides access to Mokulele's inter-island flights to WestJet's customers, including sightseeing air tours. Each airline was to promote the other on their respective websites.[11] After running into financial difficulties earlier in the year, the airline announced in March 2009 that Republic had taken a 50% stake in the company. Boyer relinquished the CEO position to Republic vice president Scott Durgin, moving to head the airline's sales and marketing efforts. Republic also assumed control of the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft operated by Mokulele.[12] A few days later, Mesa announced that the change of CEO allows the airline to terminate its agreement with Mokulele early, and would terminate the agreement effective March 24, 2009 and nullifying Mokulele agreement to operate Caravans as "go! express."[13] go! Mokulele joint venture[edit] In October 2009, Mokulele announced that it was going to join go! and become go! Mokulele.[14][15] Peter Forman, an airline historian, said that the merger would cause air fares in Hawaii to increase, since go! and Mokulele no longer compete with one another.[16] The merger agreement includes a joint venture, with 75% of the joint venture owned by Mesa and 25% owned by Mokulele shareholders.[17] New Mokulele Airlines[edit] In November 2011, Mesa Air Group announced that it had sold the go! Mokulele turboprop operation, operated by Mokulele Airlines, to Scottsdale, Arizona-based Transpac Aviation Inc. go!Mokulele's turboprop services continued to be operated by Mokulele under a code share agreement.[18] On Friday, December 9, Mokulele grounded its fleet in conjunction with an internal record-keeping audit. Flights resumed the following Monday.[19] In December 2011, the airline unveiled plans to begin operating a charter service from Honolulu to Rockford, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
and London. When the service was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation
the following month, the schedule showed a Boeing 767-200ER leased from Air Transport International
Air Transport International
would operate the flights, with the Honolulu to Rockford segment beginning on April 13, 2012, and the Rockford to London
London
segment starting May 4.[20] On April 8, the airline delayed the start of service until at least October.[21] In early 2012, Mesa Air Group announced it would rebrand its jets operations back to the go! name as the name go!Mokulele and Mokulele was causing some brand confusion among the two companies. The airline also abandoned its non-turboprop charter plans so it could focus on service in the isles.

Original logo used from 1998-2012

Logo briefly used from 2012-2013

Logo used from 2013-2016

In April 2012, the airline started operating daily service between Maui
Maui
and Lanai.[22] In July 2012, the airline returned to Kapalua Airport in West Maui, with flights from Honolulu to Kapalua twice per day.[23] In October 2012, the airline brought a new city to the network, Hana, located on the far east side of Maui. The flights operate twice a day under a partnership with the owners of the resort in Hana. The airline also outsourced eight flights a day to Schuman Aviation - Makani Kai, to bring additional frequencies on the Maui
Maui
- Kona route, bringing the total daily flights to fifteen on peak days, each way. When Island Air announced plans to retire their fleet of Dash 8 aircraft, Mokulele jumped on the opportunity and ordered additional Caravans to fill the gap.[24] Mokulele presently flies 8 to 9 flights a day between West Maui
Maui
and Honolulu, as well as 2 new flights linking West Maui
Maui
to Kona, and a flight for tour operators to Hana, allowing customers on the "Road to Hana" tour to fly back to West Maui
Maui
rather than drive. Passengers who flew to Hana can then drive back on the tour.[25] On May 23, 2013, the airline bid on Essential Air Service to Kamuela/Waimea, Hawai'i. The airline has proposed 2 flights a day to Honolulu for an annual subsidy of $584,000 compared to over $900,000 bid by Makani Kai. The airline is hoping to secure a 4-year contract and has proposed decreasing subsidies for each year of service. The US DOT awarded the route to Mokulele on July 2, 2013 with flights to Kahului expected to start in late summer. Kamuela services started on time and with a completely full flight on September 21.[26] The current plans of the airline are to continue phasing out the older Cessna Grand Caravan 208B aircraft with new, factory delivered Cessna Caravans. Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
is the largest passenger operator of the Cessna Grand Caravan 208EX, offering higher payload and a brand new Garmin 1000 "glass cockpit" software suite. In March 2014, Mesa Airlines
Mesa Airlines
announced the shut down of its go! division in Hawai'i - ending the codeshare relationship between Mesa and Mokulele, allowing the airline to now operate additional flights that were previously prohibited by the codeshare agreement. On April 11, 2014, Mokulele began commuter flights linking Honolulu and Kahului Airport in Maui.[27] The airline also began working with Hawai'i Department of Transportation and Oahu
Oahu
County officials on linking Kahului and Barbers Point/Kalaeloa/John Rodgers Field in West Oahu, and on May 13, 2014 confirmed that flights would begin on July 1.[28][29] In April 2014, the airline operated 117 inter-island flights a day. Starting in February 2015, Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
has entered into a one-year wet-lease agreement with Sun Air to provide up to 4 aircraft and crews for Sun Air's EAS Pittsburgh flying. In May 2015, Mokulele and officials publicly announced plans to launch new service in Florida scheduled to begin on November 15, 2015; but it withdrew its plans, claiming that it needed more time to conduct research and that it had been threatened by competitor Silver Airways.[30][31][32] On November 26, 2015, Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
changed its ICAO code to MHO, and its callsign to "Mahalo" for its Hawai‘i flight operations. 2016 also saw the company start a brand-refresh and new services in California. California expansion[edit] In February 2016, Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
re-applied for Essential Air Service subsidy for Imperial County Airport
Imperial County Airport
and Visalia Municipal Airport after SeaPort Airlines
SeaPort Airlines
terminated service in late January. Imperial County selected Mokulele, but Visalia voted instead to shift from EAS to request $3.7 million from the Community Flexibility Pilot Program, which pays cities to forego subsidized air service for 10 years in favor of a direct payment of two years’ worth of subsidies.[33][34] Officials expressed concern over low ridership and a pilot shortage, and Mokulele proposed using the same type of aircraft that SeaPort Airlines
SeaPort Airlines
flew.[35] In March 2016, the airline announced that it was considering serving Visalia without a subsidy, but did not pursue.[36] The airline's service to Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
from Imperial County Airport began on May 23 and from Santa Maria Public Airport
Santa Maria Public Airport
on October 10, 2016; with Inyokern Airport
Inyokern Airport
scheduled for early 2017.[37][38] Fleet[edit] As of May 2016, the Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
fleet includes the following aircraft: [39]

Type Total Orders Passenger Capacity (First/Economy) Notes

Cessna 208B
Cessna 208B
Grand Caravan 4 0 9 (0/9) Aircraft presently operate out of Pittsburgh for Sun Air

Cessna 208EX Grand Caravan 11 1 9 (0/9)

The airline has been phasing out all older Cessna Grand Caravan 208B aircraft in favor of new, factory-built aircraft that have the updated glass cockpits. Mokulele has placed the standard Cessna 208
Cessna 208
aircraft on the mainland, with 3 operating on behalf of Sun Air International out of Pittsburgh. The Embraer 170
Embraer 170
regional jet aircraft operated by Shuttle America
Shuttle America
have since been returned to the mainland. Destinations[edit] Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
operates flights to the following destinations within the state of Hawaii:

Island City Airport Refs

Hawaii Kailua-Kona Kona International Airport

Hawaii Waimea-Kohala Waimea-Kohala

Maui Hana Hana Airport [40]

Maui Kahului Kahului Airport

Maui Kapalua Kapalua Airport [41]

Molokai Hoʻolehua Molokai
Molokai
Airport

Molokai Kalaupapa Kalaupapa Airport

Oahu Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

Lanai Lanai
Lanai
City, Hawaii Lanai
Lanai
Airport

Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
also operate between the following destinations within California:

City Airport Refs

Imperial Imperial County Airport

Los Angeles Los Angeles
Los Angeles
International Airport

Accidents and incidents[edit] On October 21, 2013, Mokulele Flight 1770 made an emergency landing on the Piilani Highway on Maui
Maui
after its engine failed while en route from Kahului Airport
Kahului Airport
to Waimea-Kohala Airport
Waimea-Kohala Airport
on Hawaii. There were no injuries.[42] The aircraft was moved to a parking lot adjacent to the highway during the NTSB investigation and was later dismantled.[43] References[edit]

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Mokulele Airlines
Establish Code Share Agreement" (Press release). Mesa Air Group. 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2006-10-11.  ^ "go!Express launches". Pacific Business News. 2007-04-18. Retrieved 2007-04-18.  ^ Segal, Dave (2008-01-29). "Deal expands air cargo options". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-01-29.  ^ Segal, Dave (2008-04-25). "Mokulele goes ahead with cargo expansion". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-04-25.  ^ Sudick, Jennifer (2008-10-16). "Mokulele expands in isle market". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-10-16.  ^ Segal, Dave (2009-01-13). "Go! cuts quarterly loss for third time". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-01-13.  ^ Consillio, Kristen (2008-12-05). "Mokulele offering deals for travel between isles". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-12-08.  ^ "WestJet, Mokulele announce partnership". Pacific Business News. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-12-08.  ^ Segal, David (2009-03-20). "Mokulele gets cash, new CEO". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-03-20.  ^ Segal, Dave (2009-03-23). "Mesa ends deal with Mokulele". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  ^ Gomes, Andrew. "Delays mar first post-merger day for go! Mokulele airline." The Honolulu Advertiser at USA Today. October 16, 2009. Retrieved on October 19, 2009. ^ Song, Jaymes. "Mokulele, go! airlines merge." Associated Press. October 14, 2009. Retrieved on October 19, 2009. ^ David, Mari-Ela. "Airline expert expects fares to go up in Mokulele and go! merger." KHNL. October 14, 2009. Updated October 15, 2009. Retrieved on October 19, 2009. ^ "Mesa's go!, Republic's Mokulele form Hawaiian joint venture." ATW Daily News. Thursday October 15, 2009. Retrieved on October 19, 2009. ^ " Mesa Air Group sells Hawaii turboprop service". Pacific Business News. Honolulu. November 15, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011.  ^ "Mokulele resumes interisland turboprop flights". Pacific Business News. December 12, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011.  ^ Leaf, Brian (January 23, 2012). "Feds OK Rockford airport's charters to London, Hawaii". The Rockford Register Star. Retrieved January 24, 2012.  ^ Leaf, Brian (April 8, 2012). "Rockford airport's flights to London, Hawaii put on hold". The Rockford Register Star. Retrieved April 9, 2012.  ^ "April News and Discounts – Kahului Lanai
Lanai
starting at $42.49, 25% Keiki discount for travel in April" (Press release). Mokulele Airlines. Retrieved July 22, 2012.  ^ " Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
returns to Kapalua and West Maui, flights start July 1" (Press release). Mokulele Airlines. Retrieved July 22, 2012.  ^ " Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
to boost service to Maui's Kapalua airport".  ^ " Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
to start Kona-Kapalua flights".  ^ " Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
begins flights to Waimea". Hawaii News Now. September 21, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2014.  ^ Thomaselli, Rich (April 15, 2014). "Shutdown of Go! Airlines Creating Turbulence in Hawaii". TravelPulse. Retrieved April 24, 2014.  ^ Segal, Dave (April 20, 2014). "Mokulele aims for July 1 to start Kalaeloa flights". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved April 24, 2014.  ^ Segal, Dave (May 13, 2014). "Tickets go on sale for Mokulele's Kalaeloa Airport service". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 16 May 2014.  ^ [1] Potential Airline says Aloha! ^ http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/41849-mokulele-suspends-florida-keys-plans-blames-silver-airways ^ "Delayed arrival KeysNews.com". keysnews.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.  ^ "EL CENTRO: Council sticks with Mokulele, moving forward with veterans memorial". Imperial Valley Press Online. Retrieved 2016-03-16.  ^ Maldonado, Tony; Vigran, Nancy. "Visalia Council Votes In Favor of Shifting Airport Toward Cargo, Private Aviation". Valley Voice. Retrieved 2016-03-16.  ^ Vigran, Nancy. "Destiny of Visalia Airport Put on Hold for Two Weeks". Valley Voice. Retrieved 2016-03-16.  ^ Vigran, Nancy. "Council Votes to End Air Service Subsidies, Airline Still Interested". Valley Voice. Retrieved 2016-03-16.  ^ Delgado, Edwin (April 9, 2016). "Mokulele ready to bring Essential Air Service to the mainland". Imperial Valley Press. Retrieved April 16, 2016.  ^ "IYK moves forward in restoring air service". The News Review - Ridgecrest CA. Retrieved 2016-10-08.  ^ Silvertsein, Stephanie (June 10, 2013). " Mokulele Airlines
Mokulele Airlines
expanding Hawaii interisland fleet". Pacific Business News. Retrieved June 11, 2013.  ^ "Mokulele's Kahului to Hana inaugural flight took off Monday". KHON-TV. October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.  ^ "Mokulele to start flights from Honolulu to Kapalua, Maui, in July". Pacific Business News. May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.  ^ Kakesako, Gregg (October 22, 2013). "FAA probes plane's emergency landing on Maui
Maui
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Segal, Dave (2006-09-14). "Isle air wars intensify". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2006-10-13.  Segal, Dave (2007-01-26). "Mesa's delays plan to swap its fleet for larger aircraft". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2007-01-26.  "go!Express launches". Pacific Business News. 2007-04-18. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 

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