By Mary Simms
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Many people are concerned the "Superferry" ordeal will discourage new businesses from coming to Hawaii. But, KHNL News 8's Mary Simms has more on a new air carrier entering our skies.
One of the nation's largest regional airline carriers, is now operating daily nonstop service in Hawaii. It's Alaska Airlines, and they say their customers have been asking for Hawaii, for years.
Alaska Airlines has commissioned new Boeing 737-800's to fly from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, to Hawaii.
"We're very excited to be starting service from Seattle to Hawaii today. At Alaska Airlines we're celebrating our 75th anniversary, and to do it in this fashion and bring customers to the Hawaiian Islands just is a huge new chapter in our airline," said Alaska Airline's Steve Jarvis.
Hawaii is a popular destination, requested by many of their travelers.
"It's one of the most requested destinations for our travelers destination in the northwest, and in the state of Alaska, especially for frequent flyers who have been asking us for years to fly to these islands."
Today's flight was full.
"It was packed, packed with customers who are very excited to be coming here."
Native dancers were a part of today's celebration to welcome the first flight.
"We're so close and we feel at home here and because of our native cultures. And, with Hawaiians we feel very at home coming and visiting and being here," said Alaskan dancer Laren Anderson.
Laren says he feels lucky to be here.
"In fact I just got a phone call from my family that said he you guys are so lucky you're in Hawaii, its starting to snow today."