As of this last Saturday, Hawaii-based Island Air has ceased all air service. The airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month and continued many of their operations, but now the airline has been forced to abruptly end all of their 250+ weekly departures.
The future looks bleak for Island Air as they move to liquidate assets. Airline employees were seen packing up their belongings on their final day. The airline did their best to strike a deal that would allow them to continue operations (and hopefully recover), but that is no longer a viable option.
It’s sad to see yet another airline go. With Air Berlin being liquidated and Alitalia on the rocks, we continue to see consolidation in the industry.
Do you have any flights booked?
Island Air is a United partner, and you could book intra-island Hawaii hops for 6,000 MileagePlus miles. If you happen to have an itinerary that includes Island Air, you should give the airline a call to make other arrangements. Hopefully, they can get you rebooked on Hawaiian. If they still have anyone around to answer the phone, that is.
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It figures that United would have a partnership with a “199th rate” airline. Their mileage reward first class from IAH to HNL non-stop absolutely stinks
— 30 year old aircraft with footrest and seat recline that doesn’t work without physically yanking on them. And the old aircraft frequently break down in Houston. The supposed “non-stop” becomes a 1-stop via SFO. Beware booking the non-stop if you have a connection to another island that day. You’re likely to miss it.
Hawaiian Airlines does a superb job on inter-island flights., but United doesn’t partner with them. Unfortunately for me, Hawaiian and its partners don’t serve IAH.