Mesa Go! starts GO!Express... NOT A JOKE!

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http://starbulletin.com/2006/09/14/news/story01.html


This is also posted on the news part of the Go website.
http://www.iflygo.com/goNews.aspx

Isle air wars intensify

Newcomer go! strikes a deal with Mokulele for flights to Molokai, Lanai and Kapalua

By Dave Segal
dsegal@starbulletin.com
MESA Air Group's go!, which shook up the interisland market with its low-priced fares, was expected to announce today it is expanding its reach in Hawaii under a code-share agreement with Mokulele Airlines that will allow go! passengers to fly into smaller airports.
Mokulele, founded in 1998 in Kona on the Big Island, is replacing its entire fleet of five Piper Chieftains with as many as nine Cessna Grand Caravan 208-B turboprop aircraft that will operate under the go!Express brand.

http://starbulletin.com/2006/09/14/news/artmesa.jpg Mokulele, which operates Big Island tours and charter services between the islands, plans to increase its number of employees from 28 to between 80 and 100, according to William Boyer, president and chief executive of Mokulele. The turbine-engine Caravans, which cost $1.5 million to $2 million apiece, will seat nine passengers and be used for service from Honolulu to Kapalua, Maui; Lanai; and Molokai. Service between some neighbor island cities is expected to be added later. The piston-operated Chieftains were sold to Express One, a Florida-based freight and charter company, for an undisclosed amount. Limited service of go!Express is expected to begin in mid- December.

HIGH-FLYING DEAL

Go! is planning to enter a code-share agreement with Kona-based Mokulele Airlines to provide service to smaller airports.
Name: go!Express
Routes: Honolulu to Kapalua, Maui; Lanai and Molokai
Fleet: Up to nine Cessna Grand Caravan 208B turboprop aircraft that will each seat nine passengers
Expected starting date: Mid-December
Expected fares: $39 to $79
Go!'s foray into the smaller interisland markets will apply more pressure on Island Air, which already flies into those cities, as well as Maui-based PW, which uses the same type of aircraft that is being acquired by Mokulele and also flies those routes. Go!, which has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mokulele, already has created havoc for larger carriers Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines because of its $29 and $39 one-way fares from Honolulu to Lihue, Kauai; Kahului, Maui; and Hilo and Kona on the Big Island.
"By doing this with a local Hawaii carrier and serving the other communities in Hawaii, we want to send a message to the public that we're serious," said Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and chief executive of go!'s corporate parent. "By operating smaller aircraft, (Mokulele) can fly to a number of the cities we can't fly to with our jets and gives us a bigger presence."
Ornstein said the fares will be similar to go!'s current fare structure with its "trademark" $39 one-way fare and the top fare being about $79.
"We get a lot of requests in reservations for flights to those other cities, and it doesn't make any sense to turn those folks away when we have a name brand and people want to fly these places," Ornstein said. "We felt Mokulele will fill a nice niche. We're not going to operate these type of aircraft, and having a partnership is the best way to serve those markets."
Ornstein said the partnership with Mokulele will allow go! to cut down on its overhead through shared marketing and reservation expenses.
Boyer said partnering with go! will give a big boost to Mokulele. The small carrier recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide scheduled service and is awaiting operating specification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The new planes will be painted in go!'s ocean blue and white colors.
"Jonathan has basically given us all the passengers who want to go to the other destinations he doesn't service right now," Boyer said. "For us, a small Hawaii company, it's tremendous for employees, the communities and morale."
Go! will get paid a fee by Mokulele for each passenger, Ornstein said. Passengers will be able to apply mileage on go!Express flights to their go! frequent-flier miles.
Just as go! affected Hawaiian, Aloha and Island Air in the larger interisland markets, Ornstein acknowledged Island Air and PW could see some of their operations affected as well.
"Bill's concept, like ours, is to provide high-quality service at the lowest possible price and, to the fact that we'll lower fares in some markets, that will impact some of the existing carriers," Ornstein said. "Clearly, there will be some increased capacity in the market."
Ornstein said today's announcement was not a strategic move to coincide with tomorrow's Bankruptcy Court hearing, in which Hawaiian is seeking a preliminary injunction that would prevent go! from selling new tickets for one year. In fact, Ornstein said he has been talking to Boyer about such an arrangement even before go! began interisland service on June 9.
Hawaiian is seeking the injunction because it claims Phoenix-based Mesa used information from Hawaiian's proprietary data -- which Mesa had been allowed to see while it was a potential investor during Hawaiian's bankruptcy -- more than a year after the information was supposed to have been destroyed.
Ornstein, who has talked about replacing the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200s flown by go!, said he expects to sign documents within the next few days for 90-seat CRJ-900 aircraft. He said he would like to have those aircraft in place by the beginning of next summer.
Boyer said Mokulele will phase out two of its Chieftains next week and that the first Caravan is scheduled to arrive in early December, with service to begin in mid-December. He said a second Caravan is due in late December with Mokulele holding options to buy seven more aircraft in 2007.
The interior of the Caravans will have leather reclining seats with 34 inches of legroom, as well as in-flight entertainment.
 
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mynameisjim

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We have an opportunity for as many as FOUR people working directly underneath you.
 

WSurf

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Yea.. and the Caravan Drivers I heard make more the the CRJ folks!!!
 

LearLove

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they had to get rid of the chieftans? - mesa guys must have them scoped out of multi engine aircraft.
 

ex j-41

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Can't wait to see the Mesa pilots diss the "Express" pilots!

Mesa Pilot: "Who do you work for?"

Go Ex: "Go Express"

Mesa Pilot: "Pffff your just an express pilot", "One day you will fly for the big league, just do as i do."
 

outtahere

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So if Mesa is the lowest of the low, then what the hell is this? Of course in this alternate universe that Mesa and its bipolar pilots fly in the express carrier makes more than the "Mainline". ha ha ha ha ha
 

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MAG is to change it's name to MAGGOT to better reflect the company's relationship with it's employees and the rest of the industry-no, the world as a whole...

hehehehehe
 

Hisig536

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Get in now, and you might be eligible for the flow through in 12 years... Next thing you know the Mokulele pilots will scope contracting out cessna 172s.
 

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im not a huge mesa fan but im all about seeing pw getting screwed!!!! id encourage all pilots who visit the islands to ask for g k at pw and make a video of him cause he likes it- and make sure he is never hireable at any airline- (when pw goes under) ive worked there- he is worse than jo....... believe me
 

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Found this on Mesahub.com... pretty funny:



1) Can we treat all their “express” employees like the dirt they are because we are at “mainline?”
2) Can we create a lower non-rev boarding priority and a Byzantine jumpseat policy to ensure those “commuter” scumbags never make it to work?
3) Can we make up stories about their personal appearance and uniforms and post them on flightinfo.com?
4) Should we expect the other Hawaiian “express” carriers to fight over mainline go!’s business? – you know, let’s whipsaw them for the right to fly for go!? Let’s see who will “invest” $100,000,000 for the right to fly as go!Express?
5) Should we expect a go!Express Defence Council to emerge? What about unenforceable “guarantees” of go!Express growth vs. go! mainline? Where can I download the Excel spreadsheet?
6) Let’s not forget to make up bag tags and obnoxious uniform buttons reminding everyone that go! growth belongs at the mainline, not express. Upon meeting a go!Express employee, dither and remove these tags. And by all means when jumpseating on go!Express make no mention of the “cause” – but don’t forget to lecture those bastards when in your jumpseat!
 

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We have an opportunity for as many as FOUR people working directly underneath you.

Yeah... I'm gonna have to go ahead and tell you to come back later, Bill. I have a meeting with the two Bobs.
 

islandhopper

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Didn't Mesa take a crappy contract in order to get scope? I'm serious.

Yes, and go! express would be a clear violation. Notice I said "would be" because they havent done anything yet except talk about it.

If this goes any further, the Mesa MEC will enforce the SCOPE and ALPA pilots in Hawaii will be there to walk with Mesa pilots.

Rumor is Hawaii is getting way too hot for JO and his shareholders are demanding he pull out. The entire go! CRJ operation will be spun off and all the flying shifted to Mokulele's certificate. JO wants to simply say "FU ALPA, I sold the operation" and walk away.

We got him covered on every side. All the lights are shining on Mesa now. They cant hide.
 

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I'm not entirely certain that the scope covers ASEL...


I think the words "any and all" about cover it. And in case there is any confusion they added a "without limitation"... Although I think what evrybody would be worried about is #3 creating an "alter-ego"

B. Scope

1. Except as provided in Section 1.B.2, all present and future flying of any form performed in and for the service of the Company shall be performed by pilots on the Mesa Air Group Pilot System Seniority List in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. The phrase “present and future flying of any form performed in and for the service of the Company” includes without limitation all such flying 1) on the Company’s aircraft (whether leased or owned), or 2) under the Company’s operational control, including wet leases and contracting for other carriers or entities (government, military or commercial).

2. Notwithstanding paragraph 1.B.1., above, the Company may assign or contract out revenue flying for a period of sixty (60) days during the term of this Agreement if a) such conduct is necessary to accomplish the needs of the service of the Company, and b) the Company does not have sufficient aircraft and pilots to perform the revenue flying assigned or contracted out, and c) no pilot on the Mesa Air Group Pilots System Seniority List is furloughed, or remains on furlough, while the company contracts out revenue flying.

3. The Company shall not create or acquire an “alter ego” to avoid the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
 

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im not a huge mesa fan but im all about seeing pw getting screwed!!!! id encourage all pilots who visit the islands to ask for g k at pw and make a video of him cause he likes it- and make sure he is never hireable at any airline- (when pw goes under) ive worked there- he is worse than jo....... believe me

which GK Jea? Pizza the hut or the hunchback of OGG?!?
 
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