History

1980

Island Air first took off in 1980, under the name of Princeville Airways, with two DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft providing scheduled service between Honolulu and Kauai’s Princeville airport. Service was gradually extended to small community destinations on other islands, and by early 1987, the fleet had grown to eight planes.

 

1987

In May 1987, Aloha Airlines’ parent company, Aloha Airgroup, purchased Princeville Airways and renamed it Aloha Island Air. More flights were added to the daily schedule to meet the growing demand for air service to Hawaii’s resort destinations.

 

1995

In 1995, the newly named Island Air received FAA certification to operate larger aircraft. In April of that year, Island Air took delivery of its first 37-seat Dash 8, ushering in a new era of service.

 

2004

In May of 2004 a sale was completed between Aloha Airgroup and Gavarnie Holding, LLC, making Island Air Hawaii’s third independent airline.

 

2006

In March 2006, Island Air acquired larger aircraft and expanded its routes to six of Hawaii’s major airports, with direct and nonstop service between five islands in Hawaii.

 

2010

In 2010, Island Air celebrated its 30th Anniversary as Hawaii’s second oldest carrier.

 

2013

In February 2013, Island Air was certified to fly it's fleet of ATR-72's. The same year, the company was purchased by Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s company, Ohana Airline Holdings, LLC. The airline’s proud legacy of service continues, with ever-improving services and facilities showcasing the very best of travel in Hawaii.