KANSAS CITY, MO – MetroAir has announced today a long-term agreement with IslandAir of Hawaii to provide additional inter-island air service. MetroAir and IslandAir plan to operate Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft from IslandAir’s hubs in Honolulu, Oahu and Kahului, Maui. The airframes being operated in Hawaii will be fitted with long-range tanks in order to be ferried to the Hawaiian islands. Flights will begin on May 1st, 2015 and will continue until August 31st, 2015.
MetroAir and IslandAir previously partnered up in 2012 for similar reasons: to help support increased summer travel demands in Hawaii. IslandAir currently operates five ATR72 aircraft, which has limited its ability to serve communities with short runways such as Kapalua and Molokai. After multiple changes of ownership in the past three years, IslandAir’s route network has been reduced to four cities: Honolulu, Kahului, Lanai City, and Lihue. The return of the Dash 8 will mean a temporary expansion of IslandAir’s current network.
IslandAir’s CEO spoke at the Friday morning press conference, “We are excited to be working with MetroAir again. This partnership benefits both airlines and their customers.”
The summer charter flights will be operated by MetroAir crews and will not require any extra MetroMiles to bid.
“We are extremely excited about this joint venture,” stated MetroAir CEO Matt Calsada, “this is a unique experience for both MetroAir pilots and customers alike.”
Destinations from each IslandAir hub are as follows:
From Honolulu: Kahului, Kapalua, Kona, Lanai, Lihue, Molokai, Hilo, Hana
From Kahului: Honolulu, Kona, Lanai, Lihue, Molokai, Hilo, Hana