Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Oct. 1, 2007

U.S. 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.

THE HAWAII 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 completed.

ALASKA 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.

GO 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 options.

THE HANALEI 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].

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].

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