The two airlines plan to finalize a code-sharing agreement by tomorrow
Kona-based Mokulele Airlines and Mesa Air Group Inc. plan to finalize a code-share agreement tomorrow that will set the stage for goExpress! to begin interisland flights in April.
The new service will extend Mesa's reach into the islands by allowing go! passengers and others to travel between neighbor islands and, eventually, to some of the state's smaller airports.
Mokulele Chief Executive William Boyer said yesterday the first of the carrier's newly acquired Cessna Grand Caravan 208-B aircraft, now painted with the goExpress! logo and colors, flew into Hawaii Sunday.
Boyer said goExpress! will debut with $19 one-way fares for its 12 daily flights. Initial service will encompass round trips between Kona and Kahului, Kahului and Hana, Hana and Honolulu, and Honolulu and Kapalua.
"Teaming up ... gives us more credibility and gives us a lot of feeds to a lot of the islands we haven't been to before except on charters," Boyer said.
Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and chief executive of Mesa, noted that the deal is a role reversal of sorts for his company.
Mesa and Mokulele, founded in 1998, signed a memorandum of understanding in September to launch the goExpress! brand. Under the deal, Boyer is replacing the five Piper Chieftains in Mokulele's fleet with turbine-engine Grand Caravans.
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