Ohana by Hawaiian has started its certification with the Federal Aviation Administration. The subsidiary of Hawaiian Airlines had originally planned to begin the process this summer, but was thwarted as a result of sequestration. "We need to demonstrate to the FAA that we can operate a safe and reliable service and that will culminate in proving flights here in Hawaii," said Hadden Watt, managing director for Ohana. "Proving flights will involve our crews operating flights between Honolulu and Lanai and Molokai without passengers, just with FAA observers, making sure we do everything to their satisfaction." Watt did not offer a date for the conclusion of the FAA certification process, but said flights will start one month after certification is received.
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