OGG-KOA: Hawaiian vs. Island Air

Old Oct 16, 12, 9:06 am
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OGG-KOA: Hawaiian vs. Island Air

Short flight from Maui to the Big Island, so not a big difference overall, I understand, but haven't heard of Island Air before. Hawaiian would be $121 pp and Island Air $112 pp, including taxes and baggage fees (2 bags each), for the day we're looking at (1/27). Island Air a bit cheaper ticket, but higher baggage fees. Hawaiian a Boeing 717 and Island Air a deHavilland Dash-8-100/200 turboproop. I'd lean towards Hawaiian for the slightly bigger plane. On a longer flight I'd expect to maybe get higher and avoid turbulence, but for such a short flight the altitudes may be the same. What bout the attitudes?
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Old Oct 16, 12, 4:09 pm
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If you have 2 bags each you might want to do HA. You can try for a 24 check-in $50 upgrade that includes 2 free priority checked bags, lounge access, and a nice seat. It is only $16 more than checking 2 bags.
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Old Oct 16, 12, 6:12 pm
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If you have 2 bags each you might want to do HA. You can try for a 24 check-in $50 upgrade that includes 2 free priority checked bags, lounge access, and a nice seat. It is only $16 more than checking 2 bags.
Thanks for the tip. Didn't know about that. Hope I remember. Only a 30 minute flight, but better than nothing and the lounge access is always nice.
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personally i would take the jet.

Nothing wrong with Island Air, they are a very nice little airline.

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Old Oct 17, 12, 11:17 am
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personally i would take the jet.

Nothing wrong with Island Air, they are a very nice little airline.

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And looking better since the Hawaiian Airlines fare jumped 15% overnight. Now about a $50 difference for two people (with two bags each) between them and Island. Didn't think I'd have to book this early for a short late January hop. Was waiting to be sure ot the date. Better do so soon. The ATRs of Island Air aren't as big as the Boeing 717s of Hawaiian, but at least are bigger than the Cessnas of Mokulele Airlines. At least with Island Air it'd be a late morning departure vs. mid-afternoon, so maybe calmer air.
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Old Oct 18, 12, 10:51 pm
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Originally Posted by SoCal View Post
Short flight from Maui to the Big Island
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On a longer flight I'd expect to maybe get higher and avoid turbulence, but for such a short flight the altitudes may be the same. What bout the attitudes?
The Hawaiian flight is all of 20 minutes.

In 6 minutes you get to cruising altitude of 13,000 feet (this is lower than Mauna Kea which you are heading for). You stay at altitude for 3 minutes before beginning your descent. I would not be very concerned with "turbulence".

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/H...042Z/PHOG/PHKO
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Old Oct 19, 12, 1:20 pm
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I've flown KOA-OGG hundreds of times, mostly on Mokulele (only because they have so many flights, and no TSA - I *HATE* TSA in OGG, probably the worst in the entire country). Last time I did it with Island Air, they had the Dash 8 Q400. The flight will always have a few bumps no matter who you fly, mainly because of the winds whipping around the volcanoes. It is always "bad" flying into OGG (and to some extent flying out) but its been fairly smooth once you get south of Maui/Haleakala.

Its a very beautiful flight regardless who you are on... enjoy!

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Old Oct 21, 12, 3:39 am
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HA is not a bad option.


I have had good flights on WP. Their planes fly that route at 9,000 ft (vs 13,000 for HA) which can make the flight a bit more scenic.
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Old Nov 13, 12, 12:32 pm
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Short flight from Maui to the Big Island, so not a big difference overall, I understand, but haven't heard of Island Air before.
We hadn't heard of them either & recently had the same decision to make. We went with Island Air to save a few $s. OK.....here was our experience. (on 11/9/12)

Before our travel, Island Air changed our flight from a 2 pm afternoon flight to a 9:20 a.m. flight. We had not yet booked our rental car so we just dealt with that.

Then when we went to check-in online, we were unable to pay our baggage fees ahead of time. At the gate, the agent ticketed our bags with another traveler's name & gave us their boarding pass. After going back & getting that straightened out, we had to pay again for baggage fees. Supposedly, the gate agent put in a credit for paying fees under the other traveler's name, but was unable to give us a receipt proving that.

The plane was too small for a jetway so you walk outside and up the stairs (not a big deal) but seriously people were giggling as the plane looked so old, it looked like a WWII era plane. The airline employees were taking larger backpacks off of people as we were walking to the plane as nothing fit above the seats! We ended up in the last row (large 5 person bench seat). When the plane landed, the luggage came flying forward and whammed our back panel! Seriously hope some of those backpacks didn't have laptops in them!

We got to OGG safe but we will ALWAYS pay a few extra dollars in the future for HA. There is no comparison!
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Old Nov 15, 12, 8:30 am
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Thanks. Wife decided she'd prefer the larger plane, so I bought tix on Hawaiian. Hoping for a smooth flight, but will be ready for bumps.
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Old Nov 15, 12, 8:48 pm
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IslandAir apparently only has 1 working aircraft right now.
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IslandAir apparently only has 1 working aircraft right now.
Hopefully they can get me from LIH-HNL-KOA on 1/19.
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OGG-KOA: Hawaiian vs. Island Air

TSA at OGG has always been great for me
( my home airport )
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Old Dec 17, 12, 7:18 am
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Island air lost my luggae 3 times. Dont know why I keeep bookingthem
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Old Jan 2, 13, 12:49 pm
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As a small airline, Island Air also has major problems when there are equipment failures. They do not have spare planes, and do not have staff capable of making repairs on-site at all times. My last flight on Island Air had an equipment problem, and we waited 5 hours due to the repair crew being stuck in traffic on the way to the airport. Personally, I'd suggest Hawaiian Airlines for that reason alone.
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