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Island Air punctual on 87% of its flights

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    Ka’ui Perreira (front) and Kaimana Domingo dancing a hula during Island Air’s blessing ceremony for its new Q400 turboprop airplane in January.

Island Air said today that 87 percent of its flights arrived on time in January and that it had no cancellations among its 1,134 scheduled flights.

The U.S. Department of Transportation considers a flight as being on time if it arrives less than 15 minutes of its scheduled arrival time.

“The Island Air ohana is proud to start the year with a strong operational performance, and we will continue to focus on providing excellent, reliable service going forward,” Island Air President and CEO David Uchiyama said.

Island Air, the state’s second-largest airline, offers 280 flights a week between Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island and by the beginning of May expects to increase that number to 476 each week as it transitions to its 78-seat Q400 aircraft from its 64-seat ATR-72 aircraft.

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  • Am I the only one who sees this? HA pads their flight time and therefore are almost never late. The two jet airlines in the past used flight time of 27 minutes from Honolulu to Maui. Now I see HA uses 38 minutes, or an 11 minute grace period. So a flight can leave 26 minutes late and still arrive on time. Ethical or not, it comes at a cost of less flights per day, more ground and air labor, and loss of some connecting flight time value.
    Granted, they have gate and traffic challenges due to their size. This statistic has to be taken with a grain of salt, as I believe it is self reporting; have you ever seen a DOT official with a clipboard at the gate?

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