Hawaiian Airlines set March 11 as the launch date for its new Ohana turboprop subsidiary, as regulators have finally completed the approval process that delayed its introduction.

FAA-required proving flights are finished, and the appropriate certification has been granted, a Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman tells Aviation Week. Two ATR-42s bearing the Ohana livery and configured for 48 passengers have arrived in Honolulu, and a third is due “in the next couple of months.”

Ohana will fly between Honolulu and the islands of Molokai and Lanai. While the ATRs are owned by Hawaiian, they will be operated under contract by Idaho-based Empire Airlines. Three daily flights to Molokai will begin on March 11, and twice-daily service to Lanai will start on March 18.

The Hawaiian spokeswoman says a small amount of additional infrastructure, such as IT equipment and signage, was needed at the smaller airports to support the new service. This work has been largely completed, she says.

Ohana’s debut was delayed for several months because the FAA said it did not have the resources to complete the approval process, due to the federal budget sequestration’s cuts.