Island Air recently launched its 2016 Explorers Program with an opening orientation event drawing students from high schools and colleges throughout Oahu. Only 15 applicants will be accepted into the program, which offers a unique opportunity for young people to learn about jobs in the aviation industry.
Since Explorers was founded, 106 students have completed the 10-week course, and many have returned to the airline for internships and full-time jobs. The program became an official Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post in 2009. This year, it will offer students the same training in cockpit procedures that Island Air pilots receive. Students will look at visual displays of aircraft taxi, takeoff, landing, and approaches as they happen. The group will also practice reviewing checklists during different phases of flight operations.
The program is designed to expose youth between 14 and 20 years of age to careers in aviation, including airport operations and management, aircraft mechanics, and in-flight service. Weekly sessions will include visits from organizations such as Air Traffic Control, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Transportation Security Administration.
Island Air posted strong on-time numbers in October 2015 for its scheduled flights between Maui, Oahu, and Lanai. With 710 completed flights, Island Air fulfilled over 99 percent of its scheduled flights. The airline also completed 86.2 percent of its flights on time, defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation as those arriving within 14 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.
According to Island Air CEO Dave Pflieger, the October 2015 numbers are a reflection of the operational improvements made by the company in previous months. Looking forward, Island Air plans to release all flight performance data, enabling customers to gauge the efforts of the airline for themselves. Island Air also encourages customers to provide both positive and negative feedback in order to help the airline build a strong foundation in terms of flight performance and customer satisfaction.
To learn more about flight performance at Island Air or to book affordable inter-island travel within Hawaii, visit http://www.islandair.com.
In December 2015, Island Air launched its Island Travel Pak coupon program, which is designed to streamline interisland travel for both leisure and business travelers. For an introductory price of $429, leisure travelers can purchase six one-way coupons that are good for travel to and from any island in the Island Air network. Business travelers can purchase 20 one-way coupons for $1,499.
All Island Travel Pak coupons are valid for one calendar year from the date of purchase, and no blackout dates or minimum stays apply. To purchase an Island Travel Pak, customers must be members of the Island Miles frequent flier program. Customers will earn 500 Island Miles for each Travel Pak purchased, which can be used on Island Air flights or mainland and international flights through United Airlines.
According to Island Air chief executive officer Dave Pflieger, the program will provide an economical and convenient option for a variety of travelers. To learn more about the Island Air Island Travel Pak program, visit the airline’s official website at http://www.islandair.com.
Island Air announced in late 2015 that it would begin voluntarily releasing monthly operational performance data in an effort to provide customers with a better picture of how well the airline is performing on its inter-island flights, and to show how its operational performance is now on par with that of most major airlines.
According to the data, in September 2015, 83 percent of Island Air’s flights arrived on time and it completed 99 percent of its scheduled flights. In October, 86 percent of the airline’s flights arrived on time, and, again, 99 percent of scheduled flights were completed as scheduled. (On-time arrivals are defined as flights reaching the gate within 14 minutes of the published arrival time).
Dave Pflieger, Island Air CEO, said in a press statement that the airline and its employees have worked hard to improve the airline over the past year to achieve such great results. “We couldn’t be more pleased with how well our team has been doing improving customer service and ensuring our passengers get to their destinations on time,” Pflieger said.