ALOHA AND HAWAIIAN airlines asked the
Transportation Dept. to give them antitrust immunity through Oct.
1, 2003, to coordinate and reduce capacity on interisland flights.
The immunity would not give the airlines permission to coordinate
or discuss flight schedules and fares, although the agreement does
provide for a "balancing payment" if the cuts were to give one of
the carriers a "disproportionate" share of traffic.
THE CARRIERS, which submitted their application
to the DOT on July 31, said the agreement also includes a guarantee
that capacity coordination would not eliminate service on any
city-pair. Without the short-term immunity on capacity, the
airlines said, the interisland flights "will continue to be
unprofitable and thus unsupportable." Neither airline earned a net
profit on its overall interisland operations in 1999 or 2000, even
though those were two of the most profitable years for the U.S.
airline industry, they said.
MEANWHILE, Hawaiian and America West will begin
code-sharing and frequent flyer program reciprocity Oct. 11, with
customer bookings beginning in September, the carriers said on Aug.
1. America West's code will go on Hawaiian flights linking America
West's Phoenix hub with the islands of Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kaui and
Molokai. The service to the island of Hawaii will be nonstop, with
connecting flights to the four other islands. Hawaiian said the
partnership will provide "significant passenger feed" from 40 U.S.
cities to the airline's new daily nonstop Phoenix-Honolulu service,
which begins Oct. 11 on 767 aircraft.
HELI USA AIRWAYS, the helicopter sightseeing
company, is expanding its operations in Hawaii. The Las Vegas-based
firm is adding a sunset flight on Kauai, where it runs daily tours
from Princeville Airport, and plans to offer service on Oahu next
April, and possibly on Maui by Nov. 1 of this year, John Power,
vp-sales and marketing, said. The operator entered the Hawaii
market with Kauai service about 18 months ago. The new sunset
flight is set to start Aug. 15.
FAIRFIELD RESORTS acquired the Kona Hawaiian
Village on the Big Island from Kona Hawaiian Vacation Ownership, a
Hawaii-based timeshare developer. The 33-acre property in
Kailua-Kona is timeshare giant Fairfield's first resort in the
islands. It will be operated by Outrigger Enterprises, with sales
and marketing operations being integrated into Fairfield. The
management contract is the first collaborative effort between
Fairfield and Outrigger under their new marketing agreement.
Fairfield said it expects to integrate Kona Hawaiian Village into
its points-based ownership program, FairShare Plus, within the next
90 to 120 days.
ASTON HOTELS & RESORTS Hawaii is rewarding
agents with a $25 check for each materialized booking of at least
five nights this fall, and doubles that to a $50 booking bonus at
the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower. The offer is valid for new bookings
made since June 17, with a minimum five-night stay at an Aston
Hawaii property between Aug. 20 and Dec. 22. Participating
wholesalers include All About Tours, Apple Vacations, Blue Sky
Tours, Classic Custom Vacations, Fun Sun, Happy Tours, Hawaii
World, Holiday House, Liberty/Gogo Worldwide Vacations, MLT
Vacations, Pacific Escapes, Pleasant Holidays, Runaway Tours,
Suntrips and Travel Impressions. To receive the cash bonus, agents
must complete and submit booking forms within 14 days of the
guest's departure from the Aston Hawaii property. Booking forms may
be obtained and submitted via the Web at www.astonhotels.com/ta/25bonus. Agents also may send a
fax to (808) 931-1350.
OHANA KEAUHOU Beach Resort on the Big Island's
Kona Coast is offering agents a special $50 rate, marking the
property's first year as part of the Ohana Hotels & Resorts
chain, a budget brand of Outrigger Resorts. The rate is valid for
up to three nights for stays through Dec. 18. Agents who take
advantage of the offer will receive an automatic upgrade to an
oceanview room, chocolate honu (turtles) upon arrival and a
USDA-inspected anthurium or orchid plant to take home as a memento.
Additional nights are available at Ohana Hotels' regular 50% agent
discount. For reservations or information, call Ohana Hotels &
Resorts at (800) 462-6262, via e-mail to [email protected] or visit the Web www.ohanahotels.com.