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go! won’t fly after April 1, Mesa gives up on Hawaii

Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Phoenix) has announced it will cease its Hawai’i operations under the go! (Honolulu) brand effective April 1, 2014. According to Mesa, “Since June 2006, go! has served its nearly five million passengers with safe, reliable and low fare service.” The group continued:

The decision to cease operations in Hawaii follows significant growth in the Company’s flight operations on the mainland and was a strategic decision to focus the organization on maximizing its growth in the capacity purchase “codeshare” operations which comprise over 98 percent of the Company’s business

“While this was an extremely difficult decision to reach, we believe it is in the best interest of Mesa’s long term strategic objectives, particularly given the Company’s ongoing expansion of aircraft in service with United Airlines and US Airways. Mesa will be placing into service 30 Embraer EMB 175 aircraft with United beginning in June 2014, and is adding 4 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft with US Airways in 2014, having added 9 CRJ900s in 2013,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With the significant expansion opportunities in flying large regional jets in contracted service, we are re-deploying the go! aircraft to support our existing mainland operations. An additional factor that we accounted for was the long term increase in the cost of fuel, which has more than doubled since go! began service and has caused sustained profitability to be elusive” continued Ornstein.

Under the terms of an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, go! will be able to re-book passengers ticketed through go! for travel scheduled between April 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 in specified fare classes on Hawaiian’s Interisland network. go! will refund tickets for passengers who cannot be accommodated on Hawaiian Airlines, or for passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30, 2014. All ticket holders will be contacted by go! reservations representatives regarding the re-accommodations. Customers and travel agents needing additional information may call 1-888-435-9462 or visit the website at .

go! will continue to provide its passengers with safe and reliable transportation through its last day of service, and will work with our passengers and Hawaiian Airlines to minimize the impact that this announcement will have on our passengers,” noted Chris Pappaioanou, President of go!.

“On behalf of Mesa Air Group, I would like to thank all of our many loyal passengers and the continued hard work and dedication of our employees – all of whom will be given an opportunity to continue their employment with Mesa Airlines. While we say goodbye to our many passengers in Hawaii, we look forward to serving you on the mainland through our significant codeshare operations,” continued Ornstein.

Mesa currently operates 71 aircraft with approximately 407 daily system departures to 85 cities, 36 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively. The Company was founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982.

Meanwhile, Mokulele Airlines has announced it is honoring the flights purchased on go! Airlines for travel on Mokulele where available. For go! flights that were purchased on Mokulele’s website for travel to Kaua’i and Hilo, passengers should contact Mokulele for refunds. Mokulele Airlines has had a code share agreement with go! since November 2011 when TransPac Aviation purchased the turbo prop division from Mesa Air Group.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. The go! CRJ fleet is pictured at Honolulu.

go!: AG Slide Show

Current Route Map:

go! 3.2014 Route Map

Is this the end of Go! in Hawaii?

Go! (Mesa)-Mokulele CRJ200 N77278 (Grd) HNL (Travis Thurston)(LRW)

Go! ( (Honolulu), the Hawaiian inter-island subsidiary of the Mesa Air Group (Phoenix), may be living on a short amount of time remaining. According to the Star Advertiser in Hawaii, billionaire owner of Lanai, the co-founder of the Oracle Coporation, and the new owner of Island Air (Honolulu), Larry Ellison, is reportedly about to close a deal to acquire Go! from Mesa Air Group. If acquired, Ellison would probably combine the two carriers under the Island Air rebranded name.

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Copyright Photo: Travis Thurston. All others by Go! Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N77278 (msn 7278) waits at the gate at HNL.

Route Map:

Go! 6:2013 Route Map

Go! CRJ200 N646BR (06)(Flt)(Go)(LR)

Video: A Go! commercial:


Mesa reinforces its on-time performance again in March

Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Mesa Airlines) (Phoenix), the number one on-time regional airline in 2010 and 2011, announces its number one rank among US regional airlines for on-time arrivals in March 2012, as reported by US Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics in the Air Travel Consumer Report, the industry recognized measure of performance. Mesa’s operational performance has ranked it as the number one On-time Regional Airline every month since April 2010, and the latest award reinforces Mesa’s continued commitment to serve our Code Share Partners and passengers with safe, reliable on-time air transportation. In addition to continuing its status as the number one on-time regional airline, Mesa was ranked first among regional carriers with the fewest mishandled bags and was ranked first among all airlines for having the fewest complaints per 100,000 passengers carried.

The airline’s accomplishment is especially impressive given the airline’s footprint of service in 34 states nationwide, including significant service at four of the nation’s five busiest airports. Mesa Airlines operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as go!, a Low Fare airline which is about to enter its 6th year of offering low fares to visitors and residents of Hawai’i as the second largest inter-island airline based on passengers carried.

With these announcements about its on-time performance, Mesa is building its case for reliability.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

United Express-Mesa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways-Mesa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

go!/Mokulule Airlines to add Lana’i

Copyright Photo: Travis Thurston. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N77278 (msn 7278) waits at the gate at HNL.

go!/Mokulele Airlines (Honolulu) will begin service to Lana’i (LNY) from Honolulu which is advertising a $49 one-way fare to LNY. This is likely to spur a price war with Island Air.

Go! adds Mokulele titles to its CRJ200 fleet


Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N77278 (msn 7278) is pictured at Honolulu in the more subdued 2008 livery with the new joint titles.

Go! ( (Mesa Air Group) (Honolulu) is adding Mokulele titles to its Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) fleet.


As previously reported, last month Mesa Air Group and Republic Airways Holdings merged their competing subsidiaries, go! and Mokulele Airlines into a joint venture called go! Mokulele. Mesa’s 50-seat CRJ200s continued to operate inter-island services, supplemented by Mokulele’s Cessna 208B Grand Caravan turboprop aircraft. Shuttle America’s Embraer ERJ 170s, operated on behalf of Mokulele Airlines, were removed from Hawaii service. Mesa maintains a 75 percent share in the joint venture, with Republic holding the remaining 25 percent.

Republic to pull ERJ 170s out of Hawaii

Copyright Photo: Sun Valley Aviation.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: Sun Valley Aviation. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis) has answered our question of what they would do with the three Shuttle America (Indianapolis) Embraer ERJ 170s operating for subsidiary Mokulele Airlines in Hawaii. The holding company yesterday (October 13) announced that it had reached an agreement with Mesa Air Group (Phoenix) to form a joint venture (JV) to combine the jet routes currently flown by both Mesa (go!) and Republic (Mokulele). Under the agreement, Embraer ERJ 170 routes currently operated by Shuttle America (Republic Airways) will be transitioned to jet service provided by go! (Mesa Air Group). The three ERJ 170s will be returned to the mainland by November and will be operated in Republic Airways’ branded network (probably for either Frontier or Midwest).

Under the terms of the JV agreement, Mokulele shareholders will contribute their ownership of Mokulele to the JV and will own 25 percent of the new unnamed venture. Additionally, current Mokulele shareholders will be obligated to fund up to $1.5 million to capitalize the JV. Republic, which is the majority shareholder of Mokulele, will forgive Mokulele’s $3.1 million outstanding debt to Republic, net of surrendered aircraft deposits.

Here is the full press release from Republic Airways Holdings:

The press release by the Mesa Air Group states both the go! and Mokulele Airlines brands will continue under the JV. Therefore both airlines will continue to operate under their brands although it unclear what aircraft Mokulele Airlines will operate.

Mesa Air Group reports $1.7 m 3Q net profit

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Mesa Air Group (Phoenix) reported a fiscal third quarter net profit of $1.7 million.

Press release:

go! will thankfully not become Aloha (2nd)

go! (subsidiary of Mesa Air Group) (Honolulu) will not become the second version of Aloha Airlines. A U.S. bankruptcy judge (Lloyd King) denied the recommendation of the Aloha Airlines (1st) (Honolulu) bankruptcy trustee to sell the name to investment company Yucaipa.  Yucaipa was intending to license the use of the “Aloha Airlines” name to Mesa Air Group in order for its go! subsidiary to be renamed.  Unions representing the former employees of Aloha objected to the transfer. The judge cited Mesa’s strategy of forcing the original Aloha out of business as a major reason for the denial.

Meanwhile go! lost $2.1 million in the quarter ending on March 31, 2009.  How long will Mesa stay in the Hawaiian market?

Mesa Air Group ends Mokulele relationship

Island Air is the new partner for go! (Mesa Air Group). Island Air's Bombardier DHC-8-103 N809WP (msn 32) stops at Kuanakakai on Molokai. Copyright Photo: Andy Jung.

Island Air is the new partner for go! (Mesa Air Group). Island Air’s Bombardier DHC-8-103 N809WP (msn 32) stops at Kuanakakai on Molokai. Copyright Photo: Andy Jung.

Mesa Air Group (Phoenix) has elected to prematurely end its relationship with go!Express partner Mokulele Airlines (Kailua-Kona). Effective March 25, Mesa’s go! Hawaiian inter-island subsidiary will code share with Island Air (Honolulu) for feeder traffic. Republic Airways recently announced its intention to increase its share in Mokulele Airlines. The two parties are now squaring off as competitors.