Ohana by Hawaiian’s first ATR 42-500 has arrived in Hawaii, as the regional carrier prepares for its final round of US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification testing.
The aircraft, registration N804HC, arrived at Honolulu International airport on 12 January, according to Ohana owner Hawaiian Airlines.
Crews will begin their final training and conduct FAA observed proving runs from the weekend of 18 January, Honolulu-based Hawaiian says. A launch date and schedule will be announced once training and certification are complete.
Proving runs are expected to about two weeks to complete, Timothy Komberec, chief executive of Empire Airlines, told Flightglobal in December.
Hawaiian has contracted Empire to operate Ohana.
Previous steps in the certification of Ohana were delayed by FAA budget cuts under the sequester, which began in March 2013. The regional carrier was slated to begin operations in July or August 2013 prior to the delays.
Hawaiian has purchased three ATR 42 aircraft for Ohana, which will initially fly between Honolulu and Lana’i and Moloka’i.
Future service is planned to West Maui, as well as during off-peak times between Hilo, Kahalui (Maui), Kona and Lihue.