Island Air



Fly the Island Way

Ahhh…Hawai‘i! Golden sun. Trade winds. Clear blue ocean. Hiking adventures. Water sports. Hula. Beautiful sunsets. Hawaiian culture. What more could you ask for?

Now imagine working in this beautiful state for Hawai‘i’s value leading airline. We can and you should too!

It all started 36 years ago when Princeville Airways began offering personalized transportation to guests staying at the Princeville Resort on Kaua‘i with service between Honolulu and Princeville airports on two DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. Service was extended to other smaller community destinations, and by early 1987 the fleet had grown to eight planes.

ia-03In May 1987, Aloha Airlines’ parent company, Aloha Airgroup, purchased Princeville Airways and renamed it Aloha Island Air. More flights were added to meet the growing demand for air service to Hawai‘i’s resort destinations and in 1995 Island Air took delivery of its first 37-seat Dash 8, ushering in a new era of service.

In May 2004, Aloha Airgroup sold the airline to Gavarnie Holding, LLC, making Island Air Hawai‘i’s third independent airline. Larger aircraft were acquired in March 2006 and Island Air expanded its routes to all six of Hawai‘i’s major airports, with direct and nonstop service between five Hawaiian Islands – Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, Moloka‘i and Hawai‘i Island.

Long view of Napali coast
Long view of Napali coast

In February 2013, Island Air was certified to fly its fleet of ATR-72s. The same year, the company was purchased by Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s company, Ohana Airline Holdings, LLC.

In January 2016, Larry Ellison’s Ohana Airline Holdings, LLC sold a controlling interest in Island Air to PaCap Aviation Finance, LLC and Malama Investments, LLC, two investment companies managed by local investment firm, PacifiCap.

Today, Island Air is the value leader in the Hawaiian Islands, offering over 230 convenient flights each week between O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island. The affordable alternative for interisland travel, Island Air’s 64-seat ATR-72 aircraft are able to provide captivating aerial views of Hawai‘i’s remarkable landscapes.

Under the direction of President and CEO, David Uchiyama, Island Air and its employees are committed to providing a safe, enjoyable and reliable travel experience for locals and visitors alike. With 329 employees, servicing four islands and looking to grow and expand service, Island Air is always looking for exceptional employees.

ia-05Employment in Hawai‘i? Yes! Join us at Island Air. Here’s how!

  • Island Air has both represented and non-represented positions available. Current open positions, descriptions and requirements are posted on the Island Air website at There is continuous recruitment for pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, customer service and ramp agents. Applicants may submit a resume to
  • Minimum requirements for most positions are a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid driver’s license, the ability to obtain an Airport Operational Area badge and successfully completing a background check and pre-employment drug test. Successful employees must possess a high desire to provide outstanding customer service.
  • Island Air offers excellent benefits! Full-time positions include medical, dental, vision and drug coverage; paid vacation, sick leave and holiday pay; group life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and 401(k) plans that provide the opportunity for our employees to contribute to their retirement as well as eligibility to receive a company match.
  • The best benefit that almost every employee enjoys is the interisland and inter-line flight benefits. This benefit extends to the employee’s eligible dependents as well. Employees may also earn inter-island buddy passes that are issued in recognition for their years of service and perfect attendance.
  • Pilots can also earn a $12,000 hiring bonus, a $5,000 relocation package, and a Financial Assistance Training Program to obtain required ATP written, multi-engine flying hours or contract commitments.  Competitive compensation packages for both first-year Captains and First Officers are also offered.

ia-07aHopping over to Hawai‘i and looking for deals? Island Air’s got that too.

  • Island Air makes it easy for Hawai‘i’s oldest and youngest travelers to stay connected with its Kupuna (grandparent) and Keiki (child) Saver Fare. Residents and visitors 62 years or older or 12 years or younger can travel between the Islands starting at $62 one way.
  • For the long-term visitor or part-time resident, Island Air also offers Island Travel Paks. For leisure travelers, the Holoholo package provides six one-way coupons for $429 and for business travelers, the Ka ‘Elele package provides 20 one-way coupons for $1,499. These make great stocking stuffers too, because Island Miles members who purchase Travel Paks can give the gift of an interisland trip to family and friends.
  • Friends or family attending college in Hawai‘i? Students enrolled at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University or any of the universities or community colleges in the University of Hawai‘i system, can take advantage of the college student standby program for the wallet-friendly price of just $45 each way.

ia-06ia-08For more information about Island Air or to make a reservation, visit o
r call (800) 652-6541. Stay connected by liking Island Air on Facebook at, or follow @IslandAirHawaii on Twitter and @IslandAir_Hawaii on Instagram.





Interview with Arleen Kamei, Director, Human Resources, Island Air

Pre Interview:

Craig: How do you select applicants to be brought in for an interview?

Arleen: Resumes received are reviewed by Human Resources for minimum qualifications. Flight Operations management will then conduct the initial pre-screen to determine further qualifications. Thereafter, interviews are conducted.

C: How critical is it to attend a job fair to get an interview? 

A:  It is best to view our website and apply for a position directly at

C: What is the best way to prepare for an interview with your company?

A:  View our website and general information about our company. If relocating to Hawaii, be well informed on the cost of living, housing, schools, etc. that are relevant to your personal situation.

Written test:

C: Is there a written or computer test?

A:   Yes there is a brief written general ATP test.

C: What can you recommend applicants study for that test?

A:  Candidates do not need to prepare for either ATP or SIMS test.

C: At what point is this test taken?

A: It can be administered at any point in the hiring/initial process.

Simulator Evaluation:

C: Do you have a simulator ride?  

A: Yes there is a brief desk top SIMS exam.

C: What are you looking for in the simulator evaluation?

A:  General flying capability skills.

Post Interview:

C: How soon can an applicant expect a class date after being hired?

A:   Candidates are informed of the next class date during the interview.


C: Do you have a hiring bonus? Is there any specific criterion to qualify for the bonus?

A: Yes, pilots are eligible to earn a $12,000 new hire bonus. It is paid out in segments upon completing designated milestones.

C: Does Island Air have a pilot referral program?

A: Yes, upon a new hire pilot or A&P Mechanic naming an employee who has referred them, the employee referring the hire will be eligible to earn a $2500 referral bonus.


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