Hawaiian Airlines collected nearly $21 million in fees during the second quarter, including $16.5 million in baggage fees alone, ranking the Honolulu-based airline 11th among the 16 largest U.S. airlines, according to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation.
Hawaiian, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings Inc., also collected $4.35 million in change and reservation fees during the period from April through June, which ranked the airline No. 9 among the airlines.
U.S. airlines collected a total of $932.4 million in baggage fees during the second quarter, led by Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), which collected $231.35 million, followed by United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) with $194.6 million and American Airlines with $149 million.
Hawaiian’s second-quarter baggage fees were 15 percent higher than the $14.3 million the airline collected during the same quarter in 2011. Hawaii collected a total of $56.6 million in baggage fees for all of 2011.
The airline’s second quarter change and reservation fees were slightly higher than the $4.3 million collected during the same quarter in 2011. Hawaiian collected a total of $17.35 million in change and reservation fees for all of 2011.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
“We are disappointed that the Maui Police Department targets legal poker games.” That was the comment of defense attorney William Sloper, representing one of the nine men arrested August 16 in Wailuku for playing poker.
The Maui County prosecutor’s office is declining prosecution of nine people who were arrested on suspicion of gambling offenses when police vice officers executed search warrants at a Wailuku residence last month.
“In the interests of justice, we decided not to pursue those cases,” said Deputy Prosecutor Byron Fujieda, who is District Court supervisor for the office. “Based on the investigation that was done, we didn’t have enough evidence to pursue those cases.”
Police executed search warrants the night of Aug. 16 at the residence on Kaikai Street. Khanhnha Vanhtha, 35, who lives at the residence, was arrested along with Justin Chock, 21, of Wailuku; Lyle Richards, 51, of Kula; Scott Rosario, 42, of Waikapu; Cary Rosario, 42, of Waikapu; David Yokoyama, 24, of Kahului; Gavin Petrie, 45, of Haiku; Thomas Borges, 52, of Kihei; and Clyde Imai, 59, of Kihei.
Fujieda said most of those arrested were notified that the prosecutor’s office was declining prosecution when they appeared for arraignments in Wailuku District Court on Tuesday. He said the others will be notified when they appear for their arraignments.
LANAI CITY » Oracle Corp.’s sailing team is canceling plans to train in Hawaii this winter for next year’s America’s Cup race in San Francisco, the team’s general manager said Tuesday. But the racing yacht and its crew may winter in Hawaii in future years.
Oracle Team USA — the America’s Cup defending champion — this month applied to the Hawaii Department of Transportation for permission to operate out of a state-owned harbor on Lanai, the island Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is buying from billionaire David Murdock.
But the team won’t have time to go to Lanai for training this winter because it will be modifying its new boat, said General Manager Grant Simmer. The team has a lot of development work to do and so its priorities have changed, he said.
“We’re planning some modifications to our new boat and the time that we had free to go to Lanai was getting shorter and shorter, such that it was no longer really a viable option with us,” Simmer told The Associated Press.
Still, he said the team had completed a feasibility study for the idea and there’s a possibility the team could try to train out of Lanai in future years.
He noted the U.S. team Stars and Stripes trained out of Oahu in the mid-1980s and then went on to win the America’s Cup when it was held in Perth, Australia.
“There’s a little bit of history there,” Simmer said.
The team had been planning to train in Hawaii for about six weeks, he said. Its aim was to find some better weather in the winter months, weather that would allow the team to sail more consistently and have longer days on the water.
Now the team will stay in San Francisco, its usual training grounds, for the winter.
The team was seeking permission from the state Department of Transportation to use state-owned Kaumalapau Harbor on Lanai from December through March. Simmer said the team has notified people it was working with in Lanai and Maui County about its change of plans.
Oracle expected to spend $345,000 setting up the facility, which was to include 40-foot freight containers, temporary moorings and a 200-foot-long floating dock at the small-boat harbor on Lanai’s southwest coast.
Oracle’s plans would not significantly affect the environment, the Department of Transportation told the Department of Health’s office of environmental quality control.
Ellison reached the pinnacle of competitive sailing in 2010 when the software tycoon’s yacht captured the America’s Cup. The team swept the two championships in the opening regatta of the 2012-13 America’s Cup World Series last month.
In June, Ellison closed on a deal to buy most of Lanai from billionaire David Murdock. Lanai residents say Ellison, a thrill-seeking ocean lover, has been known to sail or jet into Lanai in the past.
(Report Provided by The Asscoiated Press)
Southwest Airlines may be a step closer to flying from the Mainland to Hawaii, but the airline says it is not ready to publicly discuss a timeline as to when that might happen.
“We’ve made no secret that we are interested in expanding the footprint of Southwest,” spokesman Brad Hawkins told PBN. However, he added, “We’ve made no decisions, nor have we announced publicly any plans for Hawaii service.”
Last week, Southwest’s flight attendants approved contract changes that will allow the airline to operate flights that require flying over the oceans. Pilots approved the overwater flights agreement in June.
Despite the airline’s reluctance to confirm whether it would like to expand to Hawaii, it is taking the steps that would allow it the flexibility to fly here.
By the end of 2012, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) will have 33 737-800 aircraft, which will enable the low-cost airline to fly longer flights more economically. The carrier already has 15 of the 33 new aircraft.
The flight attendants’ agreement to the contract changes is just one in a series of steps that would need to be taken before flying to Hawaii.
Hawkins didn’t go into detail on the other steps, but he said they involve labor agreements as well as fleet, technology and regulatory considerations — all of which have their own milestones. He said the airline is progressing and when those obstacles are removed, it will make the best decision possible for the company and its customers.
“There’s just a cascade of a series of considerations and obstacles that we just have to address one by one,” Hawkins said. “We wouldn’t get into the strategy of our future business decisions until we’re ready to make those announcements.”
The state Department of Transportation Airports Division told PBN it has not had formal preparation meetings with Southwest Airlines, but said that Hawaii airports do have gate availability to accommodate additional airlines, dependent on arrival times.
“We’re always looking at new ways to utilize our people and our planes and our passion for customer service to reach new customers and to deliver our low fares to markets that would benefit from them and respond well to them,” Southwest’s Hawkins said.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The County of Maui Solid Waste Division announced a missed route affecting the Haiku, Paia, Kuau, Spreckelsville service areas today due to a manpower shortage.
AREAS AFFECTED: HAIKU RD, KOKOMO RD, KUANANA ST, N. & S. LAELUA PL, LILIKOI RD, NONOHE PL, PILI LOKO ST, PUU KOA PL, WAIPUA ST AND ALL SURROUNDING STREETS.
The Department apologizes for the inconvenience and will be picking-up the route again on Wednesday September 26, 2012.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The Maui County Office of Economic Development (OED) is offering a Grants Training and Workshop on Lana`i on October 5, 2012 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Lana`i Senior Center.
This workshop is geared toward those who are interested in finding out what kinds of grants are available through OED, how to apply for those OED grants and how the grants process works.
This Training Session will examine:
For more details or to RSVP contact Grants Manager Tina Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-7992.
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