HONOLULU , March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mesa Air Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: MESA) today announced it has concluded a code share agreement with Hawaii Island Air Inc. (dba Island Air). Effective March 25, 2009 and available for immediate travel, Mesa's independent Hawai'i operation, dba go!, will begin marketing services to be flown by Island Air between Kahului , Maui and Hilo , the Big Island and Lihu'e, Kaua'i ; Honolulu and Kapalua , Maui ; Honolulu and Lana'i; Honolulu and Moloka'i; Kahului , and Kona, the Big Island and between Kahului and Moloka'i. The new services will be available through go!'s website at iflygo.com or by calling 1-888-iflygo2 and also Island Air's website at islandair.com or by calling 808-484-2222 (O'ahu) and 800-652-6541 (neighbor islands and N. America).
Commenting on the agreement, Mesa Air Group Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said, "We are delighted to be working with Island Air which has a long tradition of high quality service in the islands. This code share agreement will allow go! to extend its network and offer the people of Hawai'i an even greater choice for inter-island travel." Mr. Ornstein added, "We look forward to exploring other synergies and mutually beneficial opportunities with Island Air in the near future and we reaffirm our commitment to continuing to serve the people and businesses of Hawai'i with great service and low fares."
Island Air Chairman, Charles Willis said, "We welcome the opportunity to add go! to our list of distinguished code share partners. Island Air remains committed to making inter-island travel easy and convenient."
This press release contains various forward-looking statements that are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable; it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected.
Island Air is Hawai'i's leading regional carrier, serving airports on all major Hawaiian Islands. The airlines now offers 384 weekly flights between the islands of O'ahu ( Honolulu International Airport), Maui (Kahului Airport and West Maui's Kapalua Airport), Moloka'i (Ho'olehua Airport), Lana'i (Lana'i City Airport), Kaua'i (Lihue Airport), and the Island of Hawai'i ( Hilo International Airport and Kona International Airport). For reservations, flight information, and free membership in Island Air's Cloud 9 Customer Rewards Program, visit www.islandair.com.
Mesa currently operates 151 aircraft with over 800 daily system departures to 119 cities, 36 states, the District of Columbia , Canada , the Bahamas and Mexico . Mesa operates as Delta Connection, US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go!. In June 2006 Mesa launched inter-island Hawaiian service as go!. This operation links Honolulu to the neighbor island airports of Hilo , Kahului , Kona and Lihue . The Company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 5,000 employees and was awarded Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine in 1992 and 2005.
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