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Mokulele Airlines

Hey Mentors,

I was just curious to know if anyone knows anything about Mokulele Airlines? I saw someone fly for them just for the summer before he returns to UND. I was wondering if flying for them will get you into Hawaiian or those two airlines have any partnerships. Just curious! Thanks guys!

Yuran

Yuran,

Flying for Hawaiian I’m actually very familiar with Mokulele. Mokulele is a Part 135 carrier and as such doesn’t fall under the 1500hr rule. That is why their mins at 350hrs making them an attractive alternative to flight instructing for those living in Hawaii or the West Coast. They will not however provide you with the required experience that a Major like Hawaiian is looking for (and there is no partnership). While a typical career progression is flight instructor - Regional airline - Major airline, as an alternative would be Mokulele - Regional airline - Major airline.

Adam

Adam,

That’s interesting. It’s not a bad gig. Flying below 10,000 ft as you island hop? Not bad at all, but I thought maybe they could fulfill some requirements for Hawaiian. Regardless, I appreciate the speedy reply, Adam!

Yuran

Yuran,

Hawaiian, while smaller, IS a Major airline and as such attracts a lot of talent. I said Moku would not provide you with the “experience” Hawaiian is looking for, I didn’t say requirements. Yes Moku flies Turbine caravans so you would be building turbine time but it’s all single engine. The majority of Hawaiians applicants are former military (we have many F-16, 18 and 22 pilots and a few generals), pilots from other Majors (Atlas, Emirates, Korean Air, UPS to name a few) and a handful of Regional airline Capts like myself. While flying for Mokulele is a great gig and will give you some valuable experience it will not make you anywhere near competitive.

Adam

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Adam,

Sorry, “requirement” and “experience” register as the same. They are completely different so I get your point. It just goes to show how competitive it is to get to the majors. Thanks again for your help, Adam.

Yuran