Hawaiian Airlines new regional subsidiary Ohana by Hawaiian began service today, completing its first flight to Moloka’i.
Ohana flight 614 operated by a 48-seat ATR 42-500 aircraft departed Honolulu International airport at 09:59 local time and arrived on Moloka’i early at 10:24 local time after the 87km journey, according to Hawaiian’s website.
“This new operation anchors us to our legacy and vision to connect all of our island communities through flight, making it easier for kama‘āina and visitors alike to share time together,” said Hadden Watt, managing director of Ohana, in a statement in February.
Flights will begin between Honolulu and Lana’i on 18 March. Future service to West Maui and between Hilo, Kahului (Maui), Kona and Lihue is planned.
Ohana has a fleet of three ATR 42s and is operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines.
Mark Dunkerley, chief executive of Hawaiian, told Flightglobal earlier in March that they envision Ohana growing to a six or seven aircraft operation, reiterating previous statements by executives at the carrier.