|Quoting global1 (Reply 90):|
HA's geography is not conducive to this approach. Also, I don't sense that HA has the same fire in their belly to go it alone. At least I have yet to see posts on this thread from HA employees that would indicate that.
The HA employees on this site steer clear of these threads for very good reason.
Separately to the topic of the thread, air travel in Hawaii is not just something to get from A to B, it's a necessity as it is in Alaska. A poster said a similar length segment on the mainland was 3 to 4 times more expensive, but driving is an option there, not in the islands. Any airline who would attempt to acquire HA would have more than just the normal issues with government agencies. The airways are the intrastate highway system here. If a carrier doesn't see inter-island flying as profitable enough to keep, this poses a serious problem for the residents here. This brand of flying is not an easy thing to pull off so saying anyone else could step in if they wanted to may not be a valid argument. And you can be sure there will be at least 4 to 8 congressional members pushing for either assurances before allowing a merger or fighting tooth and nail against it.