The number will decrease to four in less than 24 hours, though, since Island Air announced that it will cease operations at the end of today – November 10, 2017.
Island Air: An Airline with a 37-Year History
Island Air traces its origins back to 1980 when its predecessor, Princeville Airways was established. Using a fleet of DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, it went on to develop a fairly extensive network of routes within Hawaii.
In 1987, the airline was bought by Aloha Air Group, and it continued to operate its single-type fleet of Twin Otters until 1995 when it received its first DHC-8-100. Aloha Air Group sold the airline off in 2004 – and the airline has remained “independent” since then in spite of a couple of changes in ownership.
Currently, the airlines fleet consists of five ATR 72 and five Dash 8-400 aircraft. And, it is those aircraft that seem to be partially responsible for the airline’s end. Island Air was forced to file for bankruptcy due to being unable to keep up with paying leasing fees for their fleet.
Island Air’s Last Flight
The airline’s last flight is expected to be flight WP449 from Kahului to Honolulu. The flight is scheduled to depart later today at 10:14PM Hawaiian time, arriving at 10:49PM.
With that, the 37 year history of the airline will end, and remaining booked passengers will have to make other travel arrangements.
Hawaiian Airlines is making things a bit easier for passengers booked to travel with Island Air between November 11 and November 17, 2018, by offering them free stand-by tickets and $71 confirmed tickets.
After that, however, it remains to be seen how the fares will change since Hawaiian Airlines will be the only airline operating on some of former Island Air’s routes.