Mokulele back in air after three-day grounding

Mokulele Airlines, one of only three airlines serving topside Molokai, announced the full restoration of its operations today after voluntarily canceling its flights on Friday.

Missing parts for this Cessna turboprop plane grounded Mokulele flights over the weekend.

“We deeply regret the inconvenience that this service disruption caused to our valued customers,” said Ron Hansen, Chief Executive of Mokulele Airlines. “Our staff worked tirelessly to return our fleet to full operations as quickly as possible and we received the support and expertise of our code share partner Mesa Airlines operating as go!,” continued Hansen.

Transpac Aviation, the new owner of Mokulele, shut down operations while waiting for replacement parts following an internal record-keeping audit. According to Hansen, the temporary closure involved researching parts records on bolts, nuts and bushings. Hansen said the record-keeping error was discovered during a routine audit and is not a safety issue.

During this interruption, go! provided transportation assistance to affected passengers. The entire go! fleet was unaffected by these cancellations.

Passengers holding tickets on Mokulele flights should expect their flight to operate as scheduled. Passengers interested in booking flight should visit or call (888) 435-9462.

Transpac Aviation, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., purchased the nine-seat turboprops last month from Mesa Air Group Inc. Mokulele operates 44 flights daily throughout Hawaii.


2 Responses

  1. Thanks for keeping the public updated on what is happening on Molokai

  2. i read a comment elsewhere saying the grounding of these flights was “another setback for moloka’i”, i must disagree.

    there’s no room for error in these single engine planes and i applaud the company for taking quick action.

    there’s no way in heck i’d be questioning the wisdom of this inconvenience if i was onboard halfway between oahu and the “enlightening” isle.

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