PRINCEVILLE – Makani Kai Air is now Princeville Air on Kauai.
The airline, which began service between Honolulu and Princeville in May, is making the change to better reflect its role in the community, according to a press release.
“The name Princeville Airways has history on Kauai, started in 1980,” said Richard Schuman, president. “We shortened the name but are celebrating that heritage and helping define what we’re about.”
Princeville Airways began scheduled services between Honolulu and Princeville that year using two de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters.
Princeville Air uses two twin-engine Piper Chieftains that can accommodate nine passengers each.
Flights between Princeville and Honolulu started up again May 1 after a 22-year hiatus.
Princeville Air flies twice daily round-trips between Princeville and Honolulu Monday through Saturday.
“Historically speaking, residents of Kauai’s North Shore have shown a demand for direct air service to Honolulu,” said Schuman “Our customers have told us that we provide a valuable and necessary service and that they appreciate not having to fight traffic into Lihue nor go through a TSA line.”
The airline is offering a limited time one way $99 plus tax introductory airfare.
Located at 130 Iolana Place on Lagoon Drive, Princeville Air is on the other side of the Honolulu International Airport, away from the terminals and traffic congestion. Passengers are encouraged to arrive just 15 minutes prior to departure.
Princeville Air is a subsidiary of Makani Kai Air, an FAA 135 scheduled air carrier established by Schuman Aviation Company, Ltd., in 2009. The parent company also operates Magnum Helicopters, often featured in the CBS crime dramas Magnum PI and Hawaii Five-0.
The aviation company operates seven Cessna Grand Caravan turbine aircraft, two Piper Chieftains, a Eurocopter AS-350 A-Star, and three MD-500 helicopters.