Mesa Air Group Friday said it plans to set up an independent Hawaiian airline "in partnership with other financial investors," with service expected to commence in the first quarter of 2006. The as-yet-unnamed inter-island carrier will connect Hilo, Honolulu, Kona, Lihue and Kahului with "high-quality, high-frequency service." It will operate 50-seat CRJ200s and 86-seat CRJ900s, Mesa spokesperson Peter Murnane told ATWOnline. "We are not talking about starting off with a huge number of ...

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