Posted on: 11 March 2014 by Mark Howells
‘Ohana by Hawaiian, Hawai'i's newest interisland operation, has completed its inaugural turboprop service to Moloka'i, the first of two islands it will return to the Hawaiian Airlines network.
A twice-daily service between Honolulu and Lana’i will launch on 18 March.
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.
Remarks were given by renowned Hilo-based artist Sig Zane, who designed the livery of the aircraft; Tim Komberec, president and CEO of Empire Airlines which is operating the flights on behalf of Hawaiian 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 CEO; and Hadden Watt, 'Ohana by Hawaiian managing director.
“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,” remarked Dunkerley. “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.”
‘Ohana by Hawaiian is offering three daily flights between Honolulu and Moloka'i using a 48-seat ATR 42.
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.