HONOLULU, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The very first go! aircraft arrived in Honolulu Friday from Phoenix, marking a milestone in the progression of Mesa Air Group's new interisland service. Chief Operating Officer Greg Stephens and other go! employees met the plane, which landed in the early afternoon at Honolulu International Airport.
"The arrival of this aircraft demonstrates our commitment to the launch of go! and our service to the people of Hawaii," said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa Air Group chairman and CEO. "Our first flights are on June 9 and we're selling our $39 one way and $59 round trip fares on our website, iflygo.com. But, sometimes people need to see to believe!" he added. More go! aircraft are on their way to Hawaii.
The aircraft's livery, which was designed in-house at Mesa Air Group, features a wave originally photographed off the North Shore of Oahu. The aircraft boasts leather seats and two-by-two seating with no middle seats, and is one of the quietest jets flying today. The aircraft is powered by high performance General Electric CF34-3B1 engines and is capable of flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour, with a cruising altitude of up to 41,000 feet. The Canadair Region Jet, or CRJ 200, is manufactured by Canadian- based Bombardier, Inc.
All go! aircraft will operate from the commuter terminal at the Honolulu International Airport. The new aircraft is parked there as of today.
go! will launch on June 9, 2006 with service between Honolulu and Kona, Lihue and Maui-Kahului with 32 flights per day. The number of daily flights will increase to 62 as service is added to Hilo from Honolulu on June 30th. go! is entering Hawaii with one-way fares as low as $39. Passengers who register for go! Miles frequent flyer program are able to earn go! Miles redeemable for future travel and can earn 500 miles for registering online. Additional information is available and tickets can be booked online at http://www.iflygo.com/ or by calling toll free 1-888-IFLYGO2.
Mesa currently operates 180 aircraft with over 1,050 daily system departures to 172 cities, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico. Mesa operates as America West Express, Delta Connection, US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreement with America West, Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines. The Company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 5,000 employees and generates revenue in excess of $1 billion annually. Mesa is a member of the Regional Airline Association and Regional Aviation Partners. The Company was named 2005 Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World Magazine.
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