BANKRUPTCY COURT JUDGE Robert Faris ruled that Mesa Air
Group decided to launch Go Airlines last year based on information
it gained from Hawaiian Airlines in 2005. The information was
obtained when Mesa was evaluating a potential purchase of Hawaiian,
which was in bankruptcy at the time. Faris also ruled that Mesa's
CFO, Peter Murnane, destroyed potentially incriminating evidence.
Mesa has placed Murnane on administrative leave while Mesa conducts
an internal investigation. Hawaiian is seeking $177 million in
damages and injunction that would block Go from operating in Hawaii
for a year. The judge's finding was preliminary to a trial that was
scheduled to start on Sept. 28.
SUPERFERRY imbroglio continues, with runs between Honolulu
and Kauai, initially expected to continue pending a court ruling on
environmental issues, canceled. Although the company adhered to all
requirements and was approved for interisland service, adversaries,
having lost in previous court challenges, have used civil
disobedience and new court challenges to stop service to Maui and
Kauai until a full environmental impact statement is
AIRLINES, gearing up for the launch of Anchorage-Honolulu
service this winter, has acquired Hawaiian Vacations, an
Anchorage-based charter tour operator. The purchase included
Hawaiian Vacations' Web address, brand name and the currently
booked business. The Hawaii operation will become part of Alaska
Airlines Vacations on Jan. 13. The airline's service to Hawaii
starts Oct. 12 with service between Seattle, Honolulu and Kauai.
Anchorage service starts on Dec. 9.
AIRLINES has begun selling interisland vacation packages
on its Web site, iflygo.com. The interisland carrier's GoDrive packages
include air, hotel, rental car, tour and airport transfer
COLONY RESORT on Kauai's North Shore has introduced a
Tropical Romance Package designed for couples celebrating or
seeking a romantic getaway. The package includes oceanfront
accommodations, convertible rental car, a couples' massage,
horseback riding excursion and an oceanside dinner for two in a
private setting. Available through Dec. 20 from $2,869 for five
nights to $4,183 for seven nights, including taxes, double
occupancy. Call (800) 628-3004 or visit www.hcr.com or e-mail [email protected].
Editor: Allan Seiden
Phone: (808) 734-4677
opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].