LETTER FROM OUR CEO

CHAIRMAN’s LETTER, CloudNine Magazine

Winter 2022

 

The colder weather season means something different to everyone across the Southern Airways route
map. To our passengers in the East, this means bundling up with warm winter wear and plowing snow.
To our passengers in Hawai‘i, it means welcoming holiday travelers as they escape to a tropical climate
for a few weeks–though the snowcaps atop Mauna Kea serve as a gentle reminder that is, in fact,
winter.
For us at Southern Airways, the winter season means that we must be prepared for the increased
number of passengers who travel during the holiday season as well as the busier-than-normal activity at
our hub airports. This is of course the case at our newest hub, Chicago O’Hare International Airport,
where we operate four daily flights between to Muskegon, Michigan– a beautiful city perched on the
eastern shore of Lake Michigan. We are proud to welcome this new airport, and through our
partnership with United Airlines and our convenient gate F4, connections to and from Muskegon to
anywhere in the world are seamless. Look for announcements about more cities to be added to our
Chicago hub soon.
The change in season brought about a change in service pattern for our service at El Centro/Imperial,
California. While Imperial will always be connected to Los Angeles, the addition of our growing Phoenix
hub means more connectivity options to our interline partner American Airlines’ massive network at
their Phoenix hub.
Our biggest recent announcement, though, is the addition of our fourth major interline partner,
Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian has been serving the people of Hawaii since 1929, and now as interline
partners, we can offer connecting service at Honolulu for our passengers at Molokai, Lāna‘i, and
Kapalua/West Maui. Our customers can now island-hop to Kauai, or connect to the mainland and
abroad with seamless ticketing between Southern (Mokulele) and Hawaiian. Las Vegas for New Year’s
anyone?
Not to be overshadowed by the announcement of our new interline partner, our second 30-seat Saab
340 aircraft will begin daily service between Honolulu and Molokai just in time for the holiday season!
Southern’s growth is not limited to just the fifty states. Our Far Pacific brand, Marianas Southern
Airways is preparing to double our capacity in the CNMI and Guam before the end of the year.
Thank you for flying Southern Airways, Mokulele, and Marianas Southern. As you travel this holiday
season, please know that our employees spend time away from their families so that you can connect
with yours. I hope you’ll find a moment to say, thank you, mahalo, or si yu‘os ma‘åse‘ to your pilots and
station staff. They work for you every bit as much as they work for Southern Airways!
Onward and upward,

Stan