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Hawaii's Inter-Island Airline Market

Mesa Air Group announces joint venture between go! and Mokulele

eTN Staff Writer  Oct 14, 2009

Mesa Air Group entered into agreements today with Mokulele Flight Service, Inc. dba Mokulele Airlines and its majority shareholder to create a joint venture to provide Hawaii inter-island airline service under the go! and Mokulele brand names. Under the terms of the agreements, Mesa will own 75 percent of the units, and Mokulele shareholders will own 25 percent.

Routes currently served by Mokulele partner, Shuttle America, will be operated by Mesa Airlines dba go!. Passengers will continue to book reservations on both go! (visit and Mokulele (visit, check in for jet services at the newly co-branded go! Mokulele ticket counters, and will have the added benefit of seamless travel to the destinations served by both airlines. Existing reservations booked with both go! and Mokulele will be honored.

Mesa Air Group chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said: "We are delighted and privileged to launch this joint venture and build upon go!'s strong reputation as Hawaii's only low-cost provider of inter-island service. 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. 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."

Mokulele CEO Scott Durgin said: "The partnership announced today is an exciting and positive step for Mokulele and its passengers. We look forward to working with our new partners at go! and are confident that Mokulele and go! will continue to meet and exceed our passengers' expectations. This combination will ensure that the Hawaii inter-island market is served by a strong competitor offering continued low fares to the traveling public and in particular our loyal ohana."

Mesa Air Group announces joint venture between go! and Mokulele
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