Nearly a year after first announcing its Ohana by Hawaiian subsidiary, Hawaiian Airlines will finally launch the interisland Honolulu-Molokai and Honolulu-Lanai turboprop service on March 11 with a $59 one-way introductory fare.
Ohana by Hawaiian will begins service with three daily flights to Molokai beginning March 11 and twice daily service to Lanai beginning March 18.
Want to book the new carrier's $59 introductory one-way fare? You’ll have to purchase your tickets now through Feb. 17, for travel between March 11 and April 17, 2014.
Ohana Airlines’ flights will utilize 48-seat ATR42 turboprop aircraft, offering 25-minute flight times between Honolulu and Molokai and 30-minute flight times between Honolulu and Lanai.
Hawaiian Airlines had initially hoped to begin its Ohana by Hawaiian service last summer but wound up having to wait longer than expected for Federal Aviation Administration certification. That process was delayed due to the federal government sequester in early 2013 and insufficient FAA resources.
Ohana by Hawaiian’s flight schedule and ticket purchase information and booking may be found at HawaiianAirlines.com.
Meanwhile, not to be outdone by news of Ohana by Hawaiian’s launch date and introductory fare announcement, the carrier's interisland competitor Island Air yesterday announced its own $59 fare for travel between Honolulu and Lanai. The low fare is available for purchase now through Feb. 17, for travel between now and April 17, 2014, at IslandAir.com.
Island Air is owned by Oracle Corporation co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison, who purchased the turboprop carrier in February 2013. Ellison is also the owner of 98 percent of Lanai, having purchased the Hawaiian Island in June 2012.
Don't know about you, but a vacation on Lanai sometime over the next couple of months is suddenly beginning to sound really good to us.