Island Air Says Aloha to ATRs

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After the latest step in Hawaiian regional carrier Island Air’s new business plan, island hopping might get a bit easier in the Aloha State.

Island Air has reached a leasing agreement with Chicago’s Aerway Leasing to add five ATR 42 jet prop aircraft to its fleet. The first two aircraft are scheduled to arrive in Honolulu by the end of this year, with the remaining three to follow in mid-2013.

Island Air’s CEO, Lesley Kaneshiro says the addition represents a commitment to serving the carrier’s increasing number of passengers. The island airline currently operates a fleet of 37-seat DASH-8 aircraft out of its hubs in Honolulu and Kahului, Hawaii.

“We are dedicated to showcasing Hawaii’s unique Aloha Spirit and cultural diversity by conveying our traditional Hawaiian hospitality,” Kaneshiro says.

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