ANCFlyer wrote:Do you Island Hop on WN? I know they do that, just curious. Can't be any different than HA, I mean it's 30 minutes to HNL from KOA . . .
They make it work though.
I havenʻt flown anywhere since we arrived last May. HA has better frequency than WN, so I will likely fly HA if I need to hop over to HNL. Iʻm planning a dive trip to Tahiti next year and will be flying HA via HNL.
When WN first launched service in Hawaii, many locals welcomed them with open arms because inter-island fares had risen quite high. But WN has just launched an inter-island fare war that has many locals thinking twice. While everyone likes the cheap fares, they also remember what happened to AQ.
If you recall, Go! (Mesa) launched service in 2006 with a hugely destructive fare war offering inter-island flights as low as $3. With no choice but to match, Aloha ran out of cash in 2 years and folded in 2008. As soon as Aloha was gone, Go! raised their fares and ultimately exited the Hawaiian market in 2014 after severe backlash.
Many remember that episode and have a grudge against mainland carriers barging in and hurting home-grown airlines. WN has been losing their shirts with these fare wars. If theyʻre trying to drive out Hawaiian, it may backfire. Hawaiian has more resources than Aloha did and has very profitable longhaul flights.
Look, it's been swell, but the swelling's gone down.