Monday, May 19, 2014

New Grand Caravans and routes for Mokulele Airlines

Last month Mokulele Airlines began its expansion plans for 2014 by offering nonstop flights between Kahului, Maui and Honolulu, O'ahu. Mokulele will also start offering service between Kalaeloa Airport/ John Rodgers Field (formerly Naval Air Station Barbers Point) and Kahului, Maui starting July 1st.

Route map Mokulele Airlines

According to Mokulele, "Kalaeloa, will provide hassle free commuting between O'ahu and the rest of the Hawaiian Islands. This includes: avoiding heavy traffic on the H1, no TSA screening and free parking with a valid permit. Kalaeloa will also provide an easier access to the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa on the southwestern coast of O'ahu."

The airline is also reminding its customers that they are not part of Go! Airlines, a company that stopped operating on April 1st. TransPac Aviation, Mokulele's parent company purchased the turbo prop division of Mesa Air Group, the operator of Go! Airlines.

Mokulele has added 3 new Grand Caravans to its fleet to accommodate the new routes.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cessna Aircraft sells its 100th Grand Caravan EX!

Cessna Aircraft Company recently announced that it has sold its 100th Grand Caravan EX. The latest model received FAA certification in January 2013 and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 which gives it a 38% better rate of climb, a 350 foot shorter take off roll and a 12 knot faster cruise speed.

Photo by Cessna Aircraft Company

The owner of the 100th Caravan EX is Hussain Ali Rashid Almoalla who plans on personally flying it all the way back to Abu Dhabi, a 9000nm trip. 

Mr. Almoalla stated, "I am delighted to add the Cessna Grand Caravan EX to our fleet. The Cessna Grand Caravan EX is reliable, efficient and ideal for my needs. My expectations of this aircraft have far been exceeded. I am very impressed with the power it displayed on the first flight, as well as its ease of maintenance, impressive Garmin G1000 avionics and spacious interior. It is abundantly clear I have made the right decision."

I am sure that it will not take Cessna very long to sell its next 100 Grand Caravan EX's. It's an amazing aircraft that has virtually no competition.