Hawaiian Air to re-launch Moloka'i and Lana'i Service

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  1. HiIslands
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    Why do they need the overhead of a separate name/branding?
     
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    Probably an inflight crew nightmare if it is the same operating entity. Pilots, FAs, etc. Expect them to make a fraction of the HA mainline.
     
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    Yes, I understand that, but I don't understand why it requires a separate branding. Do the contracts specify that if it says "Hawaiian" on the outside, it needs to be operated by Hawaiian Airlines (vs low-cost subsidiary) and be staffed by Hawaaiian crews? Maybe they can add a 5pt font "Express" to the name on the outside ;)
     
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    And that might be the branding!

    Hawaiian Express Operated by Rubber Band Airways
     
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    Since "Hawaiian Express" is a freight shipper here in the Islands, that name is already taken. "Hawaiian Time" might be a more apt description for ATR 42 prop service to our two most laid back islands.

    Are you old enough to remember "Pineapple Express" in the 1970's? It had one 747 that went back and forth between HNL and LAX. When the plane had equipment problems there was no express in Pineapple Express... the company had no flights departing at all. Needless to say, it didn't last long.

    I do like Rubber Band Airways; it sounds eco-friendly and energy efficient.
     
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    How reliable are the existing airlines offering service to Lanai? Thinking about doing a day trip (or perhaps overnight) to Lanai on an upcoming MR to HNL, but don't want to miss my return flight to the main land due to a cancellation or significant delay of the Island Air?
     
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    Island Air is okay... just don't book a tight connection. There is a very long walk between the commuter terminal where Island Air operates from and the UA terminal.

    If you decide to stay on Lana'i I recommend the Lodge at Ko'ele. It has a very good restaurant and is a short walk into Lana'i town.
     
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    Are there enough international travelers flying to Molokai to justify that service?

    I just checked... At $370/night it would be, uh, making it a rather expensive MR ;). But perhaps if I like the island (I plan to spend $130 on a 4WD rental to look around) I might come back for some real vacation with my wife.
     
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    Just take a ferry from Lahaina....much more reliable.
     
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    Well... since my MR takes me to HNL, that would make things rather challenging ;)
     
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    DOH!
     
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    They indicate that they believe that they are rounding out their inter-island business for passengers both local and connecting. Cargo is an important factor as they expand their cargo capacity with the A-330s from their Asia routes providing supplies of tech goods from Asia and a path for fresh produce going to Asia.
     

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