This week’s featured link
Mokulele Airlines and Makani Kai Air announce merger – Honolulu Star Advertiser
It’s not a merger involving Hawaiian but rather two Hawaiian airlines. Commuters Mokulele and Makani Kai will combine and fly under the Mokulele name. Makani Kai primarily focuses on Moloka’i… when it operates, but it has twin engine aircraft that allowed it to fly to Princeville on Kaua’i. I would assume this means Mokulele will finally make its way to the Garden Isle since its fleet of single-engine Grand Caravans can’t make the trip. Makani Kai, by the way, also flies the Grand Caravan.
Two for the road
ATPCO’s call to action for Voluntary Changes and Refunds – ATPCO News
This may get far into the weeds, but it’s good news for everyone. In short, if an airline wanted to, say, waive change fees for everyone who booked last month, it couldn’t just go back and alter fare rules. It required manual intervention to process the change. Now, ATPCO, the central clearinghouse for fares, has created a solution that will automate the process. This just means it’s easier to handle, so airlines can be more flexible in the policies they put out.
A forgotten scheme to expand the TWA Flight Center – Blue Concourse
I had more than one person send me a link to this look back at what TWA wanted to do at JFK about 30 years ago. It’s fun to look at, but it is also not realistic to think TWA could have actually afforded the project.