aha! Routes The Reno Startup May Take On Next

With two routes from Reno already started, aha! has seven more to launch from Nevada’s ‘biggest little city’.…

aha! Routes The Reno Startup May Take On Next

With two routes from Reno already started, aha! has seven more to launch from Nevada’s ‘biggest little city’. These include Spokane, a new route that is bookable but hasn’t yet been promoted. We examine the carrier’s aircraft schedule and see gaps – expect more route announcements soon.

At the launch, Subodh Karnik, President and CEO of ExpressJet, said that aha! will be going eastwards in the future. Given the likely range of routes from Reno, he probably meant from another base. Photo: via aha!

What’s happening?

New entrant aha! took to the sky on October 23rd on its first revenue-generating service. The route: Reno to Pasco Tri-Cities (PSC on the following map). It was joined two days later by a new service to Bakersfield (BFL), a drive of perhaps six and a half hours or more. The inauguration of aha! meant it became ExpressJet’s second shot at independent operations.

The 468-mile (753km) route to Pasco operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. In 2019, it had around 6,000 round-trip passengers, booking data indicates. As with all brand-new routes, aha! will need to grow demand meaningfully; it’ll do this through lower average fares, non-stop service, and hopefully strong promotions.

If Pasco is to operate all year, it’ll have 300 annual flights and 15,600 annual seats. It’d need to grow the market by around 200%+, very straightforward for low-cost carriers – but aha! is using 50-seat regional jets renowned for high seat-mile costs, even more so when the fuel price is so high. Offsetting it might be cheap as cheap ownership costs. The deciding factor will be how intensively its aircraft are utilized.

Eight initial routes from Reno

Pasco and Bakersfield are two of eight initial routes for the new brand, whose snappy name refers to ‘air, hotel, adventure’, signifying its intention to grow ancillary products and revenue. Also coming soon are:

  1. Eugene (EUG): starting November 1st, three-weekly
  2. Eureka (ACV): November 9th, three-weekly
  3. Fresno (FAT): November 10th, three-weekly
  4. Medford (MFR): October 31st, three-weekly
  5. Ontario (ONT): November 4th, three-weekly
  6. Redmond (RDM): November 5th, three-weekly
aha N844HK
When writing, the last flight operated by N844HK was from Bakersfield back to Reno on October 27th. Image: Radarbox.com.

Reno to Spokane is bookable; where next?

A ninth route has appeared on the carrier’s website and is bookable, although strangely, it hasn’t been promoted at the time of writing. Beginning on December 15th will be Spokane (GEG), also running three-weekly. It had about 5,000 passengers in 2019.

At 572 miles (920km) and a block time of almost two hours, the Washington state airport will be aha! ‘s longest route to date, two-thirds higher than the average of 346 miles (557km).

Where else could be served from Reno? Assuming similar-sized unserved markets to the carrier’s coming services and a rough distance of 600 miles, Bellingham, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Jackson (Wyoming), Palm Springs, and Grand Junction fall into the same overall category. Whether any will launch is an entirely different question!

aha route map from Reno
This is aha! ‘s current network from Reno, including Spokane (GEG), which is new. The circle shows a 600-mile radius of Reno. Image: GCMap.

How will aha’s! aircraft be used?

aha! currently has three 50-seat Embraer 145s (N839HK, N844HK, and N846HK). Analyzing the schedules of the nine routes for the week beginning December 15th shows that aircraft will have relatively leisurely days; a key way for aha! to reduce operating costs, like Allegiant, especially with older, less expensive, but fuel-inefficient aircraft.

Aircraft 1Daily scheduleAircraft 2Daily scheduleAircraft 3Daily schedule
MondayEugene (10:25-11:50; 12:35-14:00); Fresno (14:30-15:33, 16:15-17:18)MondayRedmond (09:50-11:11, 11:55-13:16); Bakersfield (15:00-16:15, 17:00-18:15)MondaySpokane (13:40-15:39; 16:35-18:34)
TuesdayEureka (09:30-10:40, 11:25-12:35); Ontario (13:35-15:03; 16:00-17:28)TuesdayMedford (10:00-11:10, 11:55-13:05); Pasco (14:05-15:40, 16:25-18:00)Tuesday
WednesdayEugene (10:25-11:50; 12:35-14:00); Fresno (14:30-15:33, 16:15-17:18)WednesdayRedmond (09:50-11:11, 11:55-13:16); Bakersfield (15:00-16:15, 17:00-18:15)WednesdaySpokane (13:40-15:39; 16:35-18:34)
ThursdayEureka (09:30-10:40, 11:25-12:35); Ontario (13:35-15:03; 16:00-17:28)ThursdayMedford (10:00-11:10, 11:55-13:05); Pasco (14:05-15:40, 16:25-18:00)Thursday
FridayEugene (10:25-11:50; 12:35-14:00); Fresno (14:30-15:33, 16:15-17:18)FridayRedmond (09:50-11:11, 11:55-13:16); Bakersfield (15:00-16:15, 17:00-18:15)FridaySpokane (13:40-15:39; 16:35-18:34)
SaturdaySaturdaySaturday
SundayEureka (09:30-10:40, 11:25-12:35); Ontario (13:35-15:03; 16:00-17:28)SundayMedford (10:00-11:10, 11:55-13:05); Pasco (14:05-15:40, 16:25-18:00)Sunday

Expect three new routes to be announced

Aircraft will start between 09:30 and 10:25 daily and finish between 17:18 and 18:34. One set of crew should be able to be used per aircraft per day. It seems that aha! is avoiding scheduling aircraft on Saturday, at least for now. Given the initial scheduling, it is unlikely that it will add early morning or later evening flights.

Aircraft one and two are likely to be fully deployed while the third isn’t. Assuming new services will also be three-weekly, expect three new route announcements shortly.

Where would you like to see aha! fly next? Let us know in the comments.

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Interisland To Intercontinental: The Rise Of Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is the tenth-largest commercial airline in the United States, with its main hub at Daniel K.…

Interisland To Intercontinental: The Rise Of Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is the tenth-largest commercial airline in the United States, with its main hub at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii. Rising from a small inter-island service to one of the country’s most dependable carriers, Hawaiian Airlines now flies to over 30 destinations and continues to operate its inter-island service.

Hawaiian Airlines grew from a small inter-island service to a celebrated international airline. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

The airline has a fleet of 61 aircraft – 18 Airbus A321neos, 24 Airbus A330-200s, and 19 Boeing 717-200s. Hawaiian is celebrated for its many milestones over the decades. This includes the first all-female crew in US history (in 1979), the first certified air cargo carrier in the US (1942), and the oldest carrier in the country to record zero fatalities.

A history of Hawaiian Airlines

Founded in 1929 as Inter-Island Airways, Hawaiian began life as an island-hopping carrier, operating with two 8-seater Sikorsky S-38 amphibian aircraft and a Bellanca monoplane. The airline’s inaugural flight took place on November 11th, 1929, from Honolulu to Hilo.

By 1935, Hawaiian had bolstered its fleet considerably with the addition of 16 Sikorsky S-43 planes. It wasn’t until 1941 that the airline changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines in preparation for an expansion of its transpacific network. A year later, the airline became the first certified air cargo service in the US.

Interisland To Intercontinental: The Rise Of Hawaiian Airlines
One of Hawaiian’s first aircraft – a Bellanca Pacemaker. Photo: Locoscoutla via Wikimedia Commons

Hawaiian Airlines hit the milestone of almost 500,000 passengers carried annually in 1959 and launched its first commercial jet service from Honolulu to Los Angeles in 1960. In 1977, Hawaiian had eclipsed three million passengers annually. At the turn of the millennium, the airline invested heavily in new-generation Airbus and Boeing aircraft and expanded its international network, now flying to far-flung destinations like Sydney and Seoul.

Inter-Island Airways’ inaugural flight

Hawaiian’s inaugural flight was on November 11th, 1929 from Honolulu to Hilo, stopping off at Maui on the way. At the time, the flight took over three hours compared to today’s swift 50-minute trip with modern aircraft. Interestingly, passengers on this flight were given a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum to help them with ear pressure.

Entering the jet age

By 1960, Hawaiian was carrying over half a million passengers each year and launched its first commercial jet service to Los Angeles. The airline also launched its first inter-island jet service in 1966 with its fleet of 85-seater DC‑9‑10s. Before long, it upgraded its fleet to the larger 130-seater DC‑9‑50.

Interisland To Intercontinental: The Rise Of Hawaiian Airlines
A Hawaiian Airlines DC-9 built in 1978. Photo: Aero Icarus via Wikimedia Commons

Modernizing the fleet

In 2017, Hawaiian Airlines received the first of 16 Airbus A321neos in a significant revamp of its fleet. Add this to a young fleet of Airbus A330-200s and Hawaiian can boast one of the newest fleets in the industry.

For its inter-island services, Hawaiian still relies on its old but trusty fleet of Boeing 717-200s. According to ch-aviation, these planes have an average age approaching 20 years. As Simple Flying explored, Hawaiian may go in for the Airbus A220-100 as a replacement.

Hawaiian Airbus A321neo
Hawaiian Airlines invested heavily in the Airbus A321neo. Photo: Airbus

The airline is also in for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, placing an order for 10 787-9s (and the option for 10 more) back in 2018. However, delays to the program mean Hawaiian isn’t expecting any deliveries until 2022 at the earliest.

How often have you flown with Hawaiian Airlines? What do you think of their service? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments.

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