New Mexico Airlines (subsidiary of Pacific Wings) (Albuquerque) voluntarily suspended operations on December 11 until further notice due to unspecified “mechanical issues” involving its five Cessna 208B Grand Caravans. Parent Pacific Wings said the grounding was temporary and the aircraft would be flying again shortly. The company is now listing tomorrow (December 17) as its restart date. The airline operated to Carlsbad and Los Alamos from ABQ.
The airline started operations on July 1, 2007.
Read the full report from KOTA Channel 7 in Albuquerque: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Sun Valley Airlines/AirlinersGallery.com. Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N12959 (msn 1254) is pictured at the ABQ base.
Southern Airways Express (Memphis) will start nonstop flights between Chattanooga and Memphis on October 1. Chattanooga- Destin, Florida flights will also start in the spring according to the timesfreepress.com.
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Copyright Photo: FlugKerl2 via Wiki Commons. Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N807JA (msn 20800075).
Mokulele Airlines (Kona, Hawaii) began offering nonstop flights between Kahului, Maui and Honolulu on April 1 as part of its expansion plans for 2014. This summer, Mokulele will also begin offering service from Kalaeloa Airport on O’ahu which is located at the former Barber’s Point Naval Air Base John Rogers Field. To meet these expanding flight schedules, Mokulele is adding three new Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft to its fleet.
Mokulele is also reassuring the public that it is separate from go! Airlines and is still operating despite the shutdown of go! on April 1. In 2011, Mokulele’s parent company, TransPac Aviation, purchased the turbo prop division of Mesa Air Group, the operator of go! Airlines. Since that time, Mokulele and go! have operated as two separate airlines, which is why Mokulele flight operations are not being affected by go!’s April 1 shutdown.
Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N841MA (msn 1084) “Spirit of Kona” waits for the next assignment at Honolulu International Airport (HNL).
Makani Kai Air (Makani Kai Helicopters) (Honolulu) Cessna 208B Gran Caravan N687MA (msn 1002) (above) carrying eight passengers and a pilot crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the north shore of Molokai, Hawaii yesterday afternoon. State Health Department Director Loretta Fuddy died in the ditching. The single engine Caravan had departed from Kalaupapa bound for the Honolulu base.
According to the charter airline the company has been “providing air charter, air tours, aircraft management and aircraft maintenance since 1988”.
The airline specializes in aerial tours of Molokai from other points in Hawaii. Here is the information on this “Kalaupapa Experience” tour from the airline’s website:
Read the full story from the Star Advertiser in Honolulu: CLICK HERE
Dramatic video of the Caravan ditching:
Video of a typical Molokai aerial tour:
Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. The ill-fated Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N687MA (msn 1002) taxies at Honolulu on October 25, 2013 (all others by Makani Kai Air).
Pacific Wings Airlines (Kahului and Mesa) is planning to close down its inter-island Hawaiian scheduled passenger services on June 15 according to local media reports by HawaiiNewsNow. The airline has not yet made an announcement or confirmed the report.
The airline will apparently continue to operate its mainland Essential Airline Services (EAS) as New Mexico Airlines.
Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Pacific Wings has recently scaled back its colorful rainbow livery (below) to this unspectacular white livery (above). Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N302PW (msn 0984) sits at Honolulu between flights. All other photos by Pacific Wings Airlines and New Mexico Airlines.