Mokulele expands in isle market - Haw...

Mokulele expands in isle market - Hawaii News

There are 6 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 16, 2008, titled Mokulele expands in isle market - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Mokulele Airlines said yesterday it will avoid a fare war as it expands its service starting in November with mainland carrier Republic Airways.

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sportsnut

Aiea, HI

#1 Oct 16, 2008
What costs more a taxi ride or a bus ride???

Why are all the airlines stuck with trying to fly with small jets frequently. you pay the pilot and staff the same to fly a small jet or a larger jet. Would it not be wise to fly less frequently with larger planes to fill more capacity. Fly the largest flight three times a day . 7:30am, 11:30am, and 6:00pm. Get jets with 200 passengers, that is 600 capacity a day. Versus 50 x 10 flights.
WestSide

Honolulu, HI

#2 Oct 16, 2008
So how long before Hawaiian sues this line?? or the tree huggers lay their kids in front of the planes to protest some agenda??

Gee, look out Mokulele....new businesses in Hawaii are in for rough times from the old guard!!
refuelingtech35

Honolulu, HI

#3 Oct 17, 2008
Good Job Mokulele!!!

I can't wait to ride on the E170!!!:)
refuelingtech35

Honolulu, HI

#4 Oct 17, 2008
sportsnut wrote:
What costs more a taxi ride or a bus ride???
Why are all the airlines stuck with trying to fly with small jets frequently. you pay the pilot and staff the same to fly a small jet or a larger jet. Would it not be wise to fly less frequently with larger planes to fill more capacity. Fly the largest flight three times a day . 7:30am, 11:30am, and 6:00pm. Get jets with 200 passengers, that is 600 capacity a day. Versus 50 x 10 flights.
Howzit Cuzzin...

Here are a few things you might want to know why Mokulele are gonna use a 70 seater rather than a 200 seater...

1. Aircraft size...Lihu'e Airport has only a 6500ft runway(s) therefore filling up 200 people with bags and provisions = weight restriction and I don't think you'll have a fishing pole strong enough to pull a plane out of the water.

2. Cost of flying different types. Granted Aloha and Hawaiian we're smart and operated 100 + seat a/c how often will an airline fill up ALL 200 seats on every cycle they make from HNL to LIH and back?

3. Cost of A/C type. the Embraer E-Jets, Bombardier CRJ Series/Q Series don't cost much to purchase (whether new or used) and you could get 2 E-Jets for the cost of a brand new (or used) Boeing 737-800 (about $55 to 60 million for a single unit) or the Airbus A320 Family (roughly around the same price as the B737-800)

4. Cost of maintenance...Basically it costs more to keep a bigger "bird" flying than it would a smaller one...I think you get the picture here.

and last but not least

5. Cost of Fuel...although it's about $71 a bbl right now, Jet-A is still expensive (I work for a local-based airline refueling company).
refuelingtech35

Honolulu, HI

#5 Oct 17, 2008
WestSide wrote:
So how long before Hawaiian sues this line?? or the tree huggers lay their kids in front of the planes to protest some agenda??
Gee, look out Mokulele....new businesses in Hawaii are in for rough times from the old guard!!
Nah cuz...I tell you right now Hawaiian will never try to, attempt to or even plan on suing Mokulele. this very small airline is locally owned and was started up by Kawehi Iniba (a local girl from the Big Island). Therefore she never had any issues from the larger carriers and if anything Mokulele helped them get HA and AQ's passengers to the remote areas of certain islands like Hana, Kapalua (Maui), Lanai City, Molokai and Waimea/Kamuela (Big Island) and those are areas that a B732 or a B712 can't really fly into.

Besides if any of the smaller commuter carriers gave huhu to HA, AQ, MA and WP it would have to be LW, but I don't wanna get into it about them.

On the other hand, it would give good competition to WP (Island Air) on the routings all due to Island Air doing "Island Hopping" from one island to another to another to get to the final destination an hour or two later.

Aloha from Maui.
Keao

Honolulu, HI

#6 Oct 17, 2008
What a dumb name "Mokulele Airlines". Mokulele means airplane or airline in Hawaiian. So basically it is "Airline Airline". It's like saying "Na Pali cliffs (cliffs cliffs)" or "Ala Wai Canal (canal canal)". It's like calling your dog "ilio" or your parakeet "manu". Dumb name.

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