KANSAS CITY, MO. – MetroAir today announced the launch of its upcoming seasonal summer service focused on the Pacific region.
Following the success of least summer’s venture with Island Air of Hawaii, MetroAir announced the return of this partnership for the Summer 2013 season. Two of our Q400 aircraft have been specially outfitted for the trip to the islands of Hawaii and will be ready for service as of May 1st. These aircraft will serve many cities in the Hawaiian islands from bases in Honolulu and Maui, like Kona, Lanai, Lihue, and many others (shown on the route map above). Island Air CEO, Leslie Kaneshiro issued a statement earlier that “Island Air is delighted to once again partner with MetroAir to help us offer our customers new route options in the spacious, comfortable, and quiet Dash 8-Q400 aircraft.”
Also, following the return of two A320 aircraft from Viva Columbia, who had leased them for the winter, the airline announced it would be using these aircraft on a route network connecting various cities in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest with Juneau and Fairbanks. The Chief Operating Officer, William Hogarth earlier stated that “the new Alaskan network would offer new connection opportunities out of Seattle and especially out of our new Pacific focus city in Portland.”
MetroAir also announced a new venture today by offering service to Australia. The Service will operate on A330 aircraft currently being used on seasonal service to Europe. These aircraft will be ferried from Baltimore to MetroAir’s hub in Ontario and will operate to Sydney and Melbourne via Auckland, NZ, as well as direct to Brisbane. These destinations offer direct access to some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest cities.
These summer service will be supplemented by one of MetroAir’s new Boeing 757 aircraft, operating on routes from Honolulu – Ontario, and Seattle – Ontario. “The 757 will absolutely help integrate the 3 summer route networks by allowing passengers to directly and easily transfer between services in Alaska, Hawaii, and Australia,” said Alex Norgaard, director of Charter Operations.
The Hawaiian Hopper partnership with Island Air will launch tomorrow (May 1st), followed by the launch of the rest of the network on May 15th after the delivery of the final three 757 aircraft to MetroAir and after the A330s have been ferried from Baltimore.