Hawaiian suspends Pago Pago flights
Hawaiian Airlines has temporarily suspended its service to American Samoa, after reporting damage to its Boeing 767 aircraft on the Pago Pago runway June 13 and Monday of this week. The airline cut flights it had scheduled for today and tomorrow, saying it needs to assess the condition of the Pago Pago runway and wants the Federal Aviation Administration to look at it.
Hawaiian said foreign objects from the runway entered both engines of a plane June 13, delaying its return to Honolulu for 17 hours while repairs were done. The same thing happened to a different plane Monday, delaying its return for 19 hours. Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian president, said the airline cannot afford to send another plane to Pago Pago until it is assured there won't be any damage to the aircraft.
Meanwhile, Hawaiian, whose $58 million loss last year contributed to its March 21 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, earned $14.3 million, before taxes, in May, according to its monthly statement of operations filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The carrier, which lost its trustee Tuesday when John Monahan resigned, has now reduced its loss, before taxes, for the first five months of the year to $1.9 million.
On an operating income basis, Hawaiian had a gain of $15.9 million last month and is in the black for the year with a profit of $3.1 million.
Hawaiian's unrestricted cash and cash equivalents grew in May to $45.8 million from $35.9 million at the beginning of the month but still considerably below the $71.9 million it was at when the year began. The airline listed its total assets as of May 31 as $278.5 million and its total liabilities as $350.8 million.