It has just been announced that Hawaii is getting additional jet service for inter-island travel. The local commuter airline, Mokulele Airlines has executed an agreement with Republic Airways to operate 4 Embraer 170 jets offering 6 first class and 64 coach seats. After Aloha Airlines passenger service was cancelled due to bankruptcy, fares have gone up and flight availability down so this is welcome news. Current jet service is offered by Hawaiian Airlines and GO Airlines. Neither of those offers first class seating and I question the rationale for Mokulele in providing this for flights that are typically 1/2 hour in duration. Service is to begin November 19.
I flew on Mokulele Airlines for the first time last month and it was most interesting. Their current Cessna single-engine turboprop seats 9 passengers plus 2 crew although my flight had a pilot but no copilot or flight attendant. The front seat is best for would-be pilots because you can watch the pilot fly the aircraft. Although I'm sure it's very reliable, the fact that this aircraft only has one engine and one pilot did give me pause, especially since most of the flight is over the ocean.
Current Cessna turboprop aircraft
Wishing you many happy flights on Mokulele!
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