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Go! airlines to stop Hawaii operations on April 1

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:59 p.m. HST, Mar 17, 2014

Mesa Air Group, Inc. announced on Monday that it will cease its Hawaii operations effective April 1. The company said go! has served its nearly five million passengers with safe, reliable and low fare service since June 2006.

The airline said it wanted to use the go! aircraft on mainland routes and the high cost of fuel had made flying interisland less profitable.

"We are re-deploying the go! aircraft to support our existing mainland operations," said Mesa CEO Jonathan Ornstein. "An additional factor that we accounted for was the long term increase in the cost of fuel, which has more than doubled since go! began service and has caused sustained profitability to be elusive."

Go! will re-book passengers ticketed through go! for travel scheduled between April 1 and June 30 on Hawaiian Airline's interisland network and will refund tickets for passengers who cannot be accommodated on Hawaiian Airlines or for passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30, the company said.

Customers and travel agents needing additional information may call 1-888-435-9462.

The company said all go! employees will be given an opportunity to continue their employment with Mesa Airlines.

Mesa operates 71 aircraft with approximately 407 daily departures to 85 cities. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively.

Go! entered the Hawaii market with $39 one-way interisland fares and a special introductory promotion of $19 fares, which it later dropped to as low as $1, before moving back up to $49 as fuel prices soared.

Mesa, a low-cost carrier that at one time dropped one-way interisland fares to a rock-bottom $1, has had a rocky existence.

In April 2008, Mesa paid Hawaiian Airlines $52.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Hawaiian alleging Mesa had misused confidential information obtained during Hawaiian's bankruptcy in 2004 to enter the Hawaii market in 2006.

And in November 2008, Mesa settled a 2007 lawsuit with Yucaipa Cos., Aloha Airlines' former controlling shareholder, in which Aloha accused Mesa of misusing confidential information that Mesa obtained as a potential investor during Aloha's bankruptcy. Aloha also accused Mesa of predatory pricing designed to run Aloha out of business. Mesa paid Yucaipa $2 million and issued Yucaipa 10 percent of Mesa's common stock.

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dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
That's it? Where's the rest of the article?
on March 17,2014 | 05:34PM
Cleodog wrote:
At first, it was great to have them. I still remember the $39 fares, but I also remember they violated business law by using Hawaiian Air records to set up their fates--for which they were fined. They also pushed Aloha over their slippery slope---but after that they were unreliable, and never to be counted on to be one time. Once on our way to Honolulu we flew just over the ocean white caps and limped into Maui because of depressurization problems. That close call took the air out of our interest in Go! Never got on one of their planes again.
on March 17,2014 | 05:41PM
frontman wrote:
GREAT NEWS............... Jonny O has something up his sleeve, he wants to be here with Aloha on his planes, so watch out as he is a LIAR and CHEAT.
on March 17,2014 | 05:50PM
808ikea wrote:
The question is will Island Air step up their service? Right now Hawaiian is the only operator into Kona and Hilo. And I can guarantee that doesn't translate to lower fares.
on March 17,2014 | 05:51PM
kiragirl wrote:
The Super Ferry would have at least gave HA some competition. No competition means increase in air fares. Auwe!
on March 17,2014 | 06:00PM
jekat2003 wrote:
Agreed. I can't wait to hear all the whining from all the people on Kauai about cost of air travel.
on March 17,2014 | 10:06PM
Carl_C wrote:
Get a life, folks. The Superferry wouldn't have lasted, either.
on March 17,2014 | 11:27PM
Numilalocal wrote:
Good riddance. Karma's a strong master and when one puts another airline out of business, well the universe takes care of them.
on March 17,2014 | 06:11PM
96815068 wrote:
Super Ferry, please.
on March 17,2014 | 06:17PM
808warriorfan wrote:
on March 17,2014 | 10:31PM
Papakolea wrote:
Exactly seven days ago, Hawaiian buried Go when they launched Ohana by Hawaiian's turboprop service to Lanai and Molokai. Payback's a witch isn't it?
on March 17,2014 | 06:27PM
SueH wrote:
How do you figure that?? Go! never served Molokai or Lanai, so was no competition to Ohana. Different airline, different island.....apples and oranges here.
on March 17,2014 | 07:24PM
jakwa wrote:
Watch out Hawaiian…inter-island competition is on its way whether you realize it or not!
on March 17,2014 | 06:37PM
808comp wrote:
Just under 8 years and their gone. To bad,didn't think Yucaipa had plans to hang on to Aloha anyway. If ;they were really serious about keeping Aloha i think they would have fired all the top management from the president on down and bring in someone else.Beside didn't think that they would have invested in newer planes.Everthing is history now, so we'll have to see if island air will step up,or another carrier will want to try and come in.
on March 17,2014 | 06:40PM
WaialaeGuy wrote:
Thanks a lot, Go, for making Hawaii a state with only one major airline. If you hadn't interfered and driven Aloha out of business maybe we'd still have Hawaiian and Aloha and more choice.
on March 17,2014 | 07:03PM
twitter6 wrote:
Go really disrupted everything. Aloha and HAL maintained friendly competition for many years until Go came in town and killed the careers for many. HAL has dominated the market, making record profits at the expense of the people that have supported them for years. Island Air should should buy some jets and bring competition to the market. Capacity for two airlines is apparent and the people deserve completion, fair rates and good service. HAL needs to appreciate humility
on March 17,2014 | 09:16PM
honokai wrote:
Forever remembered as the airline with the sleeping pilots and the desire to kill off a great local airline. Good riddance. Close the door on the way out and never come back.
on March 17,2014 | 07:18PM
huponews wrote:
Well, this news is water under the bridge as far as I'm concerned. GO did wrong, so they're gone! Now, what????? Casey, wants to compete with Hawaiian, but will Ellison give him the go ahead??????? We shall see real soon, with Island Air leaving Molokai and needing new dependable airplanes. Great drama to come.......Aloha...we're are you????
on March 17,2014 | 07:21PM
SueH wrote:
Yay!! Go! is GONE!!
on March 17,2014 | 07:25PM
HD36 wrote:
Airline fuel going up? But the government says we don't have enough inflation. Why is inflation a good thing for the government but bad for everyonelse?
on March 17,2014 | 07:50PM
Ewaduffer wrote:
Aloha Go!
on March 17,2014 | 07:58PM
KonaWarrior wrote:
There was a rumor about a year ago that Southwest Airlines was thinking about entering the interisland market in addition to providing service to the mainland. Could this be the opportunity that they have been waiting for?
on March 17,2014 | 07:59PM
hornswoggler wrote:
Southwest isn't stupid. They only fly one type of aircraft and it's not the kind that will work on interisland hops.
on March 17,2014 | 09:19PM
pridon wrote:
737s are as good as the 717s. They have the cost structure to compete. W/o competion, it'll be cheaper t fly to the Eest Coast than inter island.
on March 17,2014 | 10:20PM
808warriorfan wrote:
The thing is these new 737's are designed for long haul and not up and down high cycle operations like the inter island flights
on March 17,2014 | 10:34PM
Mensore wrote:
I think Southwest's 737 would work, and they have the deep pockets to really give Hawaiian a run for its money in its own backyard ... but is it worth it? Inter-island air is a rotten business, very little room for growth. Just grind, grind, grind day in and day out. Maybe Ellison will finance another go at a ferry. We can dream.
on March 17,2014 | 10:42PM
peekaboo wrote:
Thanks GO Airlines for the $19 airfare years ago, the complimentary hotel in Kona that is now our favorite, the flight over Haleakala and between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Thanks for all the memories, the flight attendants, and service agents. Love you guys. Bye.
on March 17,2014 | 08:00PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Got what they deserved ..... run out of business. Even with lower fares, most people won't fly Go because of what they did to Aloha airlines.
on March 17,2014 | 08:16PM
iwanaknow wrote:
I never flew them, did I miss anything?
on March 17,2014 | 08:17PM
niimi wrote:
Bachi for go! Go had to Stop! Unethical moves to study Aloha AIrlines' finances, equivalent to driving alongside Aloha, running them into the ditch, then having the gall to attempt to steal the Aloha Airlines brand. I hope Aloha Air Cargo will step in an expand into Aloha Airlines again. We need to see Aloha Airlines in the air again.
on March 17,2014 | 08:23PM
niimi wrote:
Messup AIr Group should die off, too.
on March 17,2014 | 08:25PM
manoa111 wrote:
Go! sucked. Kiragirl said it well, no SuperFerry means no competition. Thanks Issac and Dana Hall of Maui for that! No care about inter-island sports teams travel, no care about inter-island horses and parades, etc. They are money mongers for a "cause". With the increased Hawaiian fares, maybe we get back to roots and voyage inter-island the traditional way......
on March 17,2014 | 09:03PM
808warriorfan wrote:
This is BACHI for Jonathan Ornstein...he is a lying sack of turd.. A) As of a month ago go! had only 2 planes in operation. The other 2 were on the mainland undergoing maintenance. They have a total of 4 planes in the fleet for Hawaii so do the math. How do you run an operation against Hawaiian / Island Air with only 2 planes. Management should have known the type of maintenance (called checks) involved were coming up and should have prepared better with more planes. B) "employees will be given an opportunity to continue their employment with Mesa Airlines". More lies from Jonathan Ornstein. The only employees go! had were their pilots, most who commuted to/from the mainland to work their flights, and the flight attendants. The entire ground staff, passenger service, baggage handlers, etc, were contracted from Aloha Contract Service who will be out of jobs and not able to continue their employment with Mesa Airlines as they are not Mesa employees.
on March 17,2014 | 10:30PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Ornstein really messed things up...hope he never sets foot in Hawaii ever again !!!!!
on March 17,2014 | 10:36PM
First-Responder wrote:
Bye bye bad airline. You destroyed Aloha Airlines and I've never flown you. Don't let the door hit you on the okole on your way out of town.
on March 17,2014 | 11:46PM
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