This is definitely a hot topic among airline observers in Hawaii ...
is not revealing any of their options on any type of solutions. There are quite a few late-model -200s around, should AQ
need to make any replacements. Not to mention a gob sitting in the deserts of AZ
will soon lose its exemption to Stage III noise regs.
I suppose the correct guess would be ... we'll just have to wait until AQ
makes a formal announcement to what their final decision will be.
would lose out by switching to the ERJ, or CRJ is the QC
capability. It would force them to give up the lucrative cargo market, especially since HA
has no QC
version of the 712. Nor has Boeing made that offer. HA
has not flown cargo since they retired their DC-9-15RCs.
Props, even the Dash8-Q400 is not an option.
will not try to elimiante the other because it would constitute a monopoly of the inter-island market. The state nor the feds will allow this to happen. There also is not a 3rd major i-i carrier to really force the issue. Which is why the state is allowing both HA
to co-ordinate their i-i schedules. Not quite a merger, but now a competitor-alliance relationship.
Mid-Pacific (bad management & ownership), Discovery (foreign ownership issues), and Mahalo (props) all failed.
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