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Hawaiian Airlines Explains Cause of Neighbor Island Flight Delays

June 8, 2019, 8:42 PM HST · Updated June 10, 1:13 PM
Wendy Osher · 9 Comments
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Multiple neighbor island flights were delayed due to a GPS reception issue which resulted in the grounding of several aircraft on Saturday afternoon.

In a social media update posted at 7:46 p.m., the airline issued a statement saying, “We sincerely apologize to our guests for the delays impacting our Neighbor Island service today.”

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The airline posted an update on the situation saying, “A malfunction in a multi-mode receiver unit that interrupted reception of the Global Positioning Satellite system required us to temporarily ground several of our Boeing 717 aircraft this afternoon. By 6:45 p.m. HST, eight aircraft have been returned to service, and we are continuing work to have our full fleet restored.”

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“We are working hard to consolidate flights and get our guests to their destination as soon as possible. We apologize once again to our guests for the inconvenience,” according to the update.

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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