Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., the parent of Hawaiian Airlines, has agreed to purchase the AOC and other assets of bankrupt Island Air for $750,000.
According to Honoluu Star Advertiser, the decision to acquire the AOC will allow ‘Ohana for Hawaiian to become a stand alone airline subsidiary. Curently, the three ‘Ohana ATR 42-500s are operated under contract by Empire Airlines.
‘Ohana by Hawaiian flights are operated by Empire Airlines and fly between:
- Honolulu (HNL) and Molokai (MKK)
- Honolulu (HNL) and Lanai (LNY)
- Kahului (OGG) and Kona (KOA)
- Kahului (OGG) and Molokai (MKK)
- Kahului (OGG) and Hilo (ITO)
- Lanai (LNY) and Molokai (MKK)
The ‘Ohana turboprop aircraft features a livery designed by Hilo-based artist Sig Zane and his son Kūha’o.
The aircraft are named after a significant wind on each of the islands that `Ohana by Hawaiian serves: Holo Kaomi of Paomaʻi, Lāna’i; Kaiāulu of Wai’anae, O’ahu; and Hikipua of Hālawa, Moloka’i.
Copyright Photo: Ohana by Hawaiian-Empire Airlines ATR 42-500 N804HC (msn 623) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 922268.