Mokulele to add daily flights to Hilo...

Mokulele to add daily flights to Hilo - Business

There are 17 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 25, 2009, titled Mokulele to add daily flights to Hilo - Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Fresh off a reorganization last week that infused $3 million in cash into its operations, Mokulele Airlines announced yesterday that it will begin four daily flights between Honolulu and Hilo starting in May.

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Airline Consultant

United States

#1 Mar 25, 2009
"The inauguration of Mo-kulele jet service to Hilo will allow even more customers to be introduced to the most comfortable air service in the islands," said Scott Durgin, formerly Republic's vice president for strategic alliances who was named interim president and CEO of Mokulele Airlines last week. Bla.. bla.. bla..

You three monkeys have made a mockery of air travel in Hawaii and cost thousands their jobs. Maybe we should all just "zip it" while we see if Mokulele can put a bad man out of business.

For now BOAM is the word of the day.

Bring
Out
Another
Million
so the people of Hawaii can fly cheaper than it costs.

While local jobs are priceless, as a state we continue to prove we learned nothing by the demise of Aloha Airlines.
macuu222

Honolulu, HI

#2 Mar 25, 2009
Im thrilled that Mokulele has finally decided to fly to Hilo. I only wish that one of those non-stop flights to Honolulu could make a stop in Maui first! There are just no flights leaving from Hilo non-stop to other islands without having to first fly to Honolulu. And while the special fare to Honolulu is $35.00. If you want to go to Maui or Kauai...the price is much higher.
Killa Wiffa

AOL

#3 Mar 25, 2009
I'mua!!!!!!!!
lambo

United States

#4 Mar 25, 2009
Judging by the deck angles on takeoff of the Embraer, that 3 million should be used up in a couple of months. Then they will need some other fool to invest.

Since: Sep 08

Honolulu

#5 Mar 25, 2009
Finally, keeping the 3 airlines to Hilo. Competition is good for the consumer. Past performance has shown when < 3 airlines, prices are at the edge of what the consumer is willing to spend or is too high for what the consumers want. Prices skyrocket because the airlines less demand. Increase competition, prices fall and the consumer then can now choose how to most efficiently spend his/her money. The other variable in this was the increase in oil prices, but now that oil prices have dropped and the airlines are looking to gain customers back, they are slashing prioes. Notice how Hawaiian air will match prices for the same time period.
Island Air

Hilo, HI

#6 Mar 25, 2009
macuu222 wrote:
Im thrilled that Mokulele has finally decided to fly to Hilo. I only wish that one of those non-stop flights to Honolulu could make a stop in Maui first! There are just no flights leaving from Hilo non-stop to other islands without having to first fly to Honolulu. And while the special fare to Honolulu is $35.00. If you want to go to Maui or Kauai...the price is much higher.
WWW.ISLANDAIR.COM

Direct flights between Kahului and Kona, Hilo, Lihue, and Molokai. Friendly service, excellent online fares.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#7 Mar 25, 2009
Also Hawain has a direct flight, HA 132, direct OGG to ITO at around 9 AM.
Airline Consultant

United States

#8 Mar 25, 2009
Island Air wrote:
<quoted text>
WWW.ISLANDAIR.COM
Direct flights between Kahului and Kona, Hilo, Lihue, and Molokai. Friendly service, excellent online fares.
Like I said, we learned nothing with the demise of Aloha. If you only have the ability to think short term, you one day end up with no local jobs. Of course some simply don't care!
Imua Competition!
ex tourism

AOL

#9 Mar 25, 2009
Mokulele adding flights: all I can say is "Good luck"

As far as local jobs, one can only do what's best for their company. Hawaiian Air smartly contracted some of their jobs abroad otherway they wuould finish up like Aloha Air, great ohana spirit, good pay, happy union chiefs, generous flight benefits lausy productivity, greedy management, blind employees that tought that this
bonanza would last forever and as a grand finale a Mr. Banmiller that guided them in the final journey to the promised land, the bankrupt court.
(hand himself into prosperity.
ex tourism

AOL

#10 Mar 25, 2009
Sorry about the typos, just got off work from 6am this morning and I guess am tired.
etops

Oklahoma City, OK

#11 Mar 25, 2009
Reregulation is the answer. When the CAB regulated fares, airlines competed with service, schedules, and otherwise sought to earn your business. You knew what you could count on. That was competition. What you have now is "cut-throat." Selling below cost is not sustainable. As a passenger - you're no better than a piece of meat! And one day, you show up at the airport to find the airline went under. Reregulation will put manners back in a business that sorely needs it. No one is ENTITLED to airfares below cost. No one should have to thumb his/her way home. No one should take pay cuts - or worse, while airlines try to survive fare wars. The CAB wasn't perfect - but it sure was better than what we have now! Not everyone will agree - but I say "reregulate the airlines." And that is NOT to say that Mr. Turbo-tax should take over!!! That would be bad!!!!!
ex tourism

AOL

#12 Mar 25, 2009
etops wrote:
Reregulation is the answer. When the CAB regulated fares, airlines competed with service, schedules, and otherwise sought to earn your business. You knew what you could count on. That was competition. What you have now is "cut-throat." Selling below cost is not sustainable. As a passenger - you're no better than a piece of meat! And one day, you show up at the airport to find the airline went under. Reregulation will put manners back in a business that sorely needs it. No one is ENTITLED to airfares below cost. No one should have to thumb his/her way home. No one should take pay cuts - or worse, while airlines try to survive fare wars. The CAB wasn't perfect - but it sure was better than what we have now! Not everyone will agree - but I say "reregulate the airlines." And that is NOT to say that Mr. Turbo-tax should take over!!! That would be bad!!!!!
What?? Regulation? In those old days air travel was the priviledge of few. Airlines use to spend money (as they do today) like it was going out of fashion and pass the costs on to the consumers. The problem is that airlines have not learn how to compete on the cost side. Crews are still based to the city of their convenience, travelling thousand of miles on free transportation for "positioning" taking away seats from paying passengers, lodging in first class hotels. Productivity is still pathetically low, airlines employees still expect to travel free, management get excessive pay and benefits...shall I go on? Since deregulation millions of people have had the opportunity to travel by air and visit far away locations. In the good old CAB days the main beneficiary of airtravel were the wealthy and, of course, the airline employees. Hopefully you are not serious. If airlines will learn to control their costs (and they are not) they should be profitable.

By the way before deregulation, airlines were still loosing money. These losses were cover by the taxpayers and they didn't even know it. However relax, with the present administration it looks like we are heading that way again.
fly da friendly skies

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Mar 25, 2009
sorry but banmiller is ghey!!!
kanani

Burbank, IL

#15 Mar 26, 2009
fly da friendly skies wrote:
sorry but banmiller is ghey!!!
so most people from Kahooolui are gay and then move to keeeehay.u maui people are so damm unreal..move back to where you all originated from...
etops

Oklahoma City, OK

#16 Mar 26, 2009
That's right - Airlines could get a subsidy in the way of a mail contract or such. Far cheaper than a bailout - or the sudden loss of 3000 jobs! US airlines went from the newest fleet and the envy of the world - to deregulated, fragile, and among the oldest fleets - that charge for baggage and are considering pay toilets! RE-REGULATE!!!!!
ex tourism wrote:
<quoted text>
What?? Regulation? In those old days air travel was the priviledge of few. Airlines use to spend money (as they do today) like it was going out of fashion and pass the costs on to the consumers. The problem is that airlines have not learn how to compete on the cost side. Crews are still based to the city of their convenience, travelling thousand of miles on free transportation for "positioning" taking away seats from paying passengers, lodging in first class hotels. Productivity is still pathetically low, airlines employees still expect to travel free, management get excessive pay and benefits...shall I go on? Since deregulation millions of people have had the opportunity to travel by air and visit far away locations. In the good old CAB days the main beneficiary of airtravel were the wealthy and, of course, the airline employees. Hopefully you are not serious. If airlines will learn to control their costs (and they are not) they should be profitable.
By the way before deregulation, airlines were still loosing money. These losses were cover by the taxpayers and they didn't even know it. However relax, with the present administration it looks like we are heading that way again.
ex tourism

AOL

#17 Mar 26, 2009
etops wrote:
That's right - Airlines could get a subsidy in the way of a mail contract or such. Far cheaper than a bailout - or the sudden loss of 3000 jobs! US airlines went from the newest fleet and the envy of the world - to deregulated, fragile, and among the oldest fleets - that charge for baggage and are considering pay toilets! RE-REGULATE!!!!!
<quoted text>
Airlines have been "unofficially subsidized for
decades without us, the taxpayes not even knowing it.
We are regulated still today. One example? The FAA imposed that airline seats be certified from 9 to 16g. This provoked millions of dollars in research and development by the seat manufacturers and the cost was passed on to the airline. Now, nobody can survive a 9g impact, was the 16g regulation really necessary? No, but the FAA needs to justify their gigantic infrastructures and thousand of jobs so, in addition to the really necessary ones, they keep
coming up with thousand of unnecessary ones. It is called job security for the FAA employees but huge unnecessary costs for the airlines. That one example of regulation for you.
etops

Oklahoma City, OK

#18 Mar 27, 2009
ex tourism wrote:
<quoted text>
Airlines have been "unofficially subsidized for
decades without us, the taxpayes not even knowing it.
We are regulated still today. One example? The FAA imposed that airline seats be certified from 9 to 16g. This provoked millions of dollars in research and development by the seat manufacturers and the cost was passed on to the airline. Now, nobody can survive a 9g impact, was the 16g regulation really necessary? No, but the FAA needs to justify their gigantic infrastructures and thousand of jobs so, in addition to the really necessary ones, they keep
coming up with thousand of unnecessary ones. It is called job security for the FAA employees but huge unnecessary costs for the airlines. That one example of regulation for you.
Those 16g seats are very likely what saved lives in the Hudson! And the re-regulation I'm refering to is with regards to competition. Deregulation brought about cut-throat carriers that operated below cost. Result: unstable industry with legacy carriers going chapter 11, chapter 22 and chapter 7. Deregulation for banking did the same thing to the banking infrastructure in our country. And it all comes down to the same thing....deregulation does away with manners. Re-regulate to restore ethics and manners.........no more cut-throat pricing. No more below cost pricing. "Went" Airlines' strategy of draining the corporate kitty to outlast a legacy carrier destroyes 3000 jobs....AS WELL AS THE TRUST OF THEIR OWN STOCKHOLDERS. Everyone lost! And I would guess their corporate leadership didn't take a pay cut......who knows....maybe a bonus! I OPPOSE GOVERNMENT CONTROL...but done right - I'm for reregulation airlines.

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