MOKULELE AIRLINES LAUNCHES INAUGURAL FLIGHT FROM KAHULUI TO HONOLULU

February 2, 2009, 8:31 PM HST · Updated December 16, 8:25 AM
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(Photos and story By Wendy Osher © 2009)

Mokulele Airlines’ inaugural Flight 215 from Kahului Airport marks the beginning of expanded service for the interisland carrier. The Airlines’ Kahului Station Manager Ipo Mossman said the Kahului to Honolulu route helps to meet passenger demands following the exit of Aloha Airline’s passenger service nearly one year ago. “Since we lost that (Aloha Airlines Passenger) service within the state of Hawaii, Mokulele is playing an active role in our community. The Honolulu to Maui segment and Maui to Honolulu is a very big segment for us.” The Embraer jets have a capacity to hold 70 passengers and the initial flight was at capacity. “We are looking forward to having very good load factors and we’re going to work hard to get that,” said Mossman. Mokulele already flies to Honolulu via Maui’s Kapalua route using smaller Cessna propeller aircraft. “The caravan service does some servicing to Lanai, Molokai, as well as Kapalua and Hana. And so to add to that, we just started the jet service. For the jet service we have five flights a day, so we have some very good coverage,” said Mossman.

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Mokulele Employees help customers check in for Flight 215 © 2009 W. OSHER
Blessing held before departure of Flight 215 © 2009 W. OSHER
Maui Dignitaries wait to board the Flight 215 © 2009 W. OSHER
Maui Dignitaries wait to board the Flight 215 (on far left is Maui Memorial Hospital's Wes Lo; at right foreground is Maui's Lanai councilman Sol Kahoohalahala) © 2009 W. OSHER
Kahului Terminal - Flight 215 prepares to depart from Gate 9 © 2009 W. OSHER
The first flight for Mokulele Airlines' inaugural route was at capacity with 70 passengers aboard © 2009 W. OSHER
Mokulele Airlines' celebratory first flight out of Kahului Airport draws a packed house © 2009 W. OSHER
Flt 215 Kahului Maui to Honolulu © 2009 W. OSHER
Maui entertainers celebrate the inaugural Mokulele Airlines' flight from Kahului Airport © 2009 W. OSHER
Maui entertainers celebrate the inaugural Mokulele Airlines' flight from Kahului Airport © 2009 W. OSHER
Mokulele Airlines boards passengers for its first Kahului to Honolulu run abaord one of the companies' Embraer jets © 2009 W. OSHER
Maui Kumu Hula Iola Balubar (left) joins fellow entertainers in welcoming inaugural passengers aboard Mokulele Flight 215 from Kahului to Honolulu © 2009 W. OSHER
Maui Kumu Hula Iola Balubar (left) joins fellow entertainers in welcoming inaugural passengers aboard Mokulele Flight 215 from Kahului to Honolulu. File photo © 2009 by Wendy OSHER.
Maui musician Hollis Lee enteratains the inagural passengers of Mokulele Airlines Flight 215 © 2009 W. OSHER
Mokulele Flight 215 from Kahului to Honolulu takes off on inagural Kahului to Honolulu route © 2009 W. OSHER
Mokulele Airlines Flt. 215 readies to depart on Inaugural flight from Kahului to Honolulu © 2009 W. OSHER
Place holder image © 2009 W. OSHER
Place holder image © 2009 W. OSHER
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