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.
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.
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.
In May of 2004 a sale was completed between Aloha Airgroup and Gavarnie Holding, LLC, making Island Air Hawaii’s third independent airline.
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.
In 2010, Island Air celebrated its 30th Anniversary as Hawaii’s second oldest carrier.
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.