Honolulu, HI - MetroAir have announced plans today to begin a new rival Pacific 'hopper' service to Gaum beginning June 30th. The service will see the US Carrier base a single Boeing 737-800WL aircraft in Honolulu to carry out the new service. It will be run in addition to the airlines current direct service also from Honolulu.
The Service will begin on Sunday June 30th and will operate twice weekly from Honolulu to Gaum via Majuro and Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands before continuing to Kosrae, Pohnpei and Chuuk in Micronesia.
This announcement means MetroAir will be only the second airline to operate the route and bring a considerable boost to the Islands local economies. Jamie Mckay, the airlines Director of Scheduled Operations said "Its an extremely exciting time for MetroAir as we continue to expand our global network. We have worked very hard with the local authorities to make this route possible and I am delighted to see it finally come to fruition."
The flights will operate from Honolulu as MET163 on Sunday and Thursday and then from Gaum as MET164 on Tuesday and Saturday. The total Journey time will be in excess of 16 hours altogether and the flight will also travel with extra Pilots, Engineers and Spare parts to ensure the smooth operation of the service.
The airlines Chief Executive Officer, William Hogarth spoke briefly about how pleased he was with this announcement. "As Jamie said we have worked hard to make this route happen and I am very happy to be here to finally announce it. It will certainly be an exciting adventure for those who embark on this journey and will take you to some of the worlds most remote exotic locations.
Full scheduled details about this service will be released in the coming days.