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How is mail being transported to Hawaii during COVID-19?

Old Apr 22, 20, 2:18 pm
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How is mail being transported to Hawaii during COVID-19?

As this is not specific to Covid-19 I posted this as a new thread. Now that there are so few planes coming and going from Hawaii, the latest statistics from KOA list no flights, how is the mail travelling? I am not sure if commercial planes also carried mail or if mail travelled on cargo planes only. Curious because I ordered some face masks from a place in Kona and the order is being sent via 1st class mail. That got me thinking about how the mail moved and figured someone here would know.
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Old Apr 22, 20, 2:51 pm
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I'm on Maui and can tell you things are very delayed/sporadic compared to normal. I order a fair amount of stuff online and some things show up right away but others get delayed by days or weeks. Things are so chaotic with respect to air travel to/from the islands that I don't think there is any way to predict when your package will arrive.
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Old Apr 22, 20, 3:04 pm
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No service from any airport on Maui to the Mainland? Nothing via HNL?
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Old Apr 22, 20, 5:45 pm
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No service from any airport on Maui to the Mainland? Nothing via HNL?
Limited service to/from HNL.
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Old Apr 22, 20, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Shagboy View Post
As this is not specific to Covid-19 I posted this as a new thread. Now that there are so few planes coming and going from Hawaii, the latest statistics from KOA list no flights, how is the mail travelling? I am not sure if commercial planes also carried mail or if mail travelled on cargo planes only. Curious because I ordered some face masks from a place in Kona and the order is being sent via 1st class mail. That got me thinking about how the mail moved and figured someone here would know.
USPS mail hitches rides on commercial aircraft to/from Hawaii. Pre-covid, all mail in the State would be sorted centrally at the USPS sorting facility at HNL. So mail from neighbor islands is probably riding on the few remaining commercial flights to/from HNL and then heading out from HNL on the few flights to/from the Mainland, mostly to/from LAX/SFO/SEA.
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Old Apr 23, 20, 12:51 am
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I know OP was curious about First Class mail, but some may not know that UPS and FedEx have their own jet fleet to bring their parcels to the islands:

https://www.ups.com/aircargo/using/services/services/domestic/svc-aircraft.html

https://www.ups.com/aircargo/using/services/services/domestic/svc-aircraft.html


Furthermore, Aloha Air Cargo has a dedicated fleet for interisland cargo transport:

https://www.alohaaircargo.com/about/

And Hawaiian Airlines Cargo ships both interisland and transpacific:

https://www.hawaiianaircargo.com/
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Old Apr 23, 20, 7:25 am
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Judging from the delivery times I have been seeing the Pony Express is back in service :-)
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Old Apr 23, 20, 12:20 pm
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Thanks for the information. I was not real concerned about delivery times but rather the nuts and bolts of how the mail moved.from Hawaii to the mainland. I kind of figured it got a ride where ever it could. Just now checking Flightaware I see HAL 137 leaving KOA at 7:49 and going to HNL. I assume maybe a mail bag went along for the ride. My package will arrive when it arrives, be curious to see how long it takes.
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Old Apr 23, 20, 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by 747FC View Post
I know OP was curious about First Class mail, but some may not know that UPS and FedEx have their own jet fleet to bring their parcels to the islands:

https://www.ups.com/aircargo/using/services/services/domestic/svc-aircraft.html

https://www.ups.com/aircargo/using/services/services/domestic/svc-aircraft.html


Furthermore, Aloha Air Cargo has a dedicated fleet for interisland cargo transport:

https://www.alohaaircargo.com/about/

And Hawaiian Airlines Cargo ships both interisland and transpacific:

https://www.hawaiianaircargo.com/
Aloha Air Cargo has a 767 freighter that flies to LAX as well. Kalitta is also flying 747 freighters between HNL and LAX.
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Old Apr 28, 20, 11:31 am
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Just to let people know, my package arrived today. Shipped last Tuesday and the USPS got it to Wisconsin in 7 days. Good job I thought.
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