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Ohana by Hawaiian delayed before it even leaves the gate

July 30, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

Hawaiian Airlines’ turboprop interisland subsidiary Ohana by Hawaiian has hit the brakes, thanks to holdups with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to parent company Hawaiian Holdings Inc.

“Ohana is sort of badly behind at this stage, to do with the fact that the FAA has told us they’re not prepared to resource the certificate activity necessary for us to move forward. It’s a pretty hopeless situation,” Hawaiian Holdings President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said during a Hawaiian Holdings conference call to discuss the company’s second quarter earnings. “It’s clearly unsatisfactory.”

Hawaiian Holdings (Nasdaq: HA) planned to launch service on the turboprop interisland subsidiary this summer with flights to Molokai and Lanai.

The airline will be operated by Idaho-based contractor Empire Airlines, flying two 48-seat ATR42 turboprop aircraft, which will be covered in designs by Hilo artist Sig Zane and his son, Kuhao.

Edited by : Bill Hurley

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