Mesa Air Group, Mokulele Flight Service Inc. and Mokulele’s majority shareholder Republic Airways have agreed to create a joint venture to provide Hawaii inter-island airline service under the joint go! and Mokulele brand names, in the co-branded ‘go! Mokulele’ operation.
The go! operation with Bombardier CRJ200s in Hawaii is part of Mesa Air Group’s Mesa Airlines. Mokulele Flight Service does business as Mokulule Airlines, another airline that has been providing Hawaii inter-island jet service under its own brand name through a partnership with Republic Airways’ Shuttle America subsidiary.
Shuttle America has been providing three Embraer 170s to Mokulele Airlines, but according to ATW Online Republic will take these aircraft back for operation on the U.S. mainland and go! will operate with CRJs the Mokulele routes the Embraer 170s have been flying.
Under the terms of the agreements Mesa will own 75 per cent of the JV and Mokulele shareholders will own 25 per cent. The new partners say that in combination, these agreements will form Hawaii’s second-largest inter-island airline and Hawaii’s only low-cost carrier, ensuring a strong competitive presence in the inter-island market for the benefit of consumers.
Passengers will be able to continue to book reservations on both go! (at www.iflygo.com) and Mokulele (at www.mokulele.com) and check in for jet services at the newly co-branded go! Mokulele ticket counters.
From now on, the partners say, passengers will benefit from seamless travel to the destinations served by both airlines. Existing reservations booked with both go! and Mokulele will be honored.
“This strategic alliance in partnership with Mokulele is a first among regional airlines and will provide a tremendous platform for the future growth of the go! and Mokulele brands,” says Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa Air Group’s chairman and CEO. “We look forward to making a positive contribution to the development of this joint venture and to forging a strong, long-term relationship with our friends at Mokulele and Republic.”
Mesa currently operates 136 aircraft, providing approximately 800 daily system departures to 126 cities, 40 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico.
The company operates as Delta Connection, US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go!, the latter providing inter-island Hawaiian service from June 2006. The go! operation links Honolulu to the neighbor-island airports of Hilo, Kahului, Kona and Lihue.