It flies twin engine, turbo-prop planes (not jets) out of the "commuter terminals" of the larger airports, not the main terminals. In Kahului, the commuter terminal is makai (oceanward) of the main terminal, well past the baggage claim area. In Honolulu, it is mauka (inland) from the Aloha/Hawaiian interisland terminal.
They are friendly and provide solid, typically on-time service. And, because they fly out of the smaller, lesser (rarely?) used terminals, check-in and security are a total breeze.
However, the prop planes are slower, noisier, and more subject to turbulence because they fly at a lower altitude. The planes hold about 28 persons, and seating is tight...the seats are "much" smaller than on a jet aircraft, and overhead space is much less.
Our firm uses Island Air regularly when going to out of the way airports and I flew them just a couple weeks ago to Kapalua...everything was fine.
Great, thanks. I was just curious since it was so cheap. It is a short flight so it should be fine. Thanks for the info!
island air, (aloha airlines) has planes much bigger maybe 50 passengers, flying out of our ho'olehua airport. it has regularly scheduled flights with lots of choices while the tiny planes like molokai airshuttle are on-demand unscheduled, but cheaper than island air's regularly priced fares.
Well Hale, we can split the difference....
According to their website:
"Island Air operates a fleet of eight 37-seat de Havilland DASH-8 turboprop aircraft. These airplanes provide reliable, on-time service to all destinations. Because we fly at lower altitudes than jets, our passengers are afforded an unparalleled view of the Islands, pristine coastlines and frolicking whales."
But in order to get that many on the plane, they must pack'em six across that back row and tie a couple to the wings...
Island Air, which used to be Princeville Air (for all you old-timers), is no longer associated with Aloha Airlines. It became independent in May 2004.
Don't know if it will be a problem for you, but Island Air has a total checked baggage weight limit of "only" 50 lbs; significantly less than, for example, Hawaiian Airlines.
Do you know if you have to pay extra if you go over the 50lbs like most airlines do? Or are you just not allowed since I am guessing it is a small plane.
We were over by a fair amount, earlier this year, on a flight from Hilo to Kahalui. The plane wasn't full so they just "looked the other way". I would imagine that a capacity load results in placement on the next available flight, but seems reasonable that there would be a charge. Unless you hear from someone else, you should probably see if their website details charge; or call Island's "800" #.