Ohana by Hawaiian has completed required US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proving flights, bringing it one step closer to certification.
The regional carrier’s parent Hawaiian Airlines confirms that the flights, which began the weekend of 25 January, are complete but declines to comment on the status of its certification.
“Administration functions” are the only remaining step in the FAA certification process after the proving runs, according to the regulator.
Ohana plans to begin service within one month of receiving certification. It will initially operate three ATR 42-500 aircraft from a base in Honolulu.
The airline was supposed to enter service in July or August 2013 but the sequester budget cuts to the US federal budget delayed the process.
Idaho-based Empire Airlines is contracted to operate Ohana for Hawaiian.