IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #JRAA169N[2]
HubsDaniel K. Inouye international Airport
Fleet size10[3]
HeadquartersHonolulu, Hawaii, US
Key peopleTeimour Riahi

Trans Executive Airlines of Hawaii is an American airline headquartered at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii, operating cargo flights under the name Transair and passenger air charter and tour flights under the name Transair Global. The airline was started in 1982 by Teimour Riahi.[4] As of 2019, the airline operated a fleet of six Boeing 737-200 (five cargo configuration, one VIP passenger configuration) and four Short 360 aircraft.[5]

According to the airline's website, "The all-cargo B-737 aircraft are operated by Rhoades Aviation, Inc. d.b.a. Transair, and the all-cargo SD3-60-300 are operated by Trans Executive Airlines of Hawaii, Inc. d.b.a. Transair Express."[6]

On July 2, 2021, after but unrelated to the Flight 810 incident, the Rhoades Aviation Inc. division was grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) due to maintenance and safety deficiencies. This idled their one remaining operational 737-200 jet, but did not affect operations of the Transair Express turboprops.[7][8] On May 25, 2022, citing numerous safety violations found during its investigation of Flight 810, the FAA announced that it is revoking Rhoades' air operator's certificate. Among the cited violations were 33 flights undertaken with engines that were not airworthy. Rhoades was given until June 8 to appeal the agency's decision.[9]



TransAir fleet
Aircraft In
Boeing 737-200C 4
Short 360 6


Main article: Transair Flight 810

In the early morning hours of July 2, 2021, Transair Flight 810, a Boeing 737-200 cargo aircraft, experienced an engine failure shortly after taking off from Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport en route to the neighboring Hawaiian island of Maui. The crew were attempting to return to Honolulu when the plane's other engine overheated, forcing them to ditch about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Oahu. Both pilots were rescued by the United States Coast Guard.[10] The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board initiated actions to conduct an accident investigation.[11]

On July 16, the FAA revoked the maintenance inspection authority of Rhoades Aviation, the certificate holder that operates the 737-200 aircraft, based on findings from an ongoing investigation of its operation that began in 2020.[12]

On January 29, 1996, at 0435 hours Hawaiian standard time, a Cessna 402B, N999CR, collided with gradually rising terrain while on takeoff from the Waimea-Kohala Airport in Kamuela, Hawaii. The aircraft was destroyed. The certificated airline transport pilot sustained fatal injuries, and two onboard cargo loaders received serious injuries. The aircraft was being operated as a contract mail flight by Trans Executive Airlines of Hawaii under 14 CFR Part 135 when the accident occurred. The flight originated in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 0200. The flight departed Kamuela on the return leg of the flight at 0430.[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Daily Airline Filings Login".
  2. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  3. ^ "Transair Cargo | Air Cargo in Hawaii". Retrieved 18 March 2023.
  4. ^ Natarajan, Prabha (July 10, 2005). "Interisland airline survives slow take-off". American City Business Journals.
  5. ^ "Trans Air Fleet | Airfleets aviation".
  6. ^ "Transair Cargo, Air Cargo in Hawaii". Retrieved 2021-07-18. The all-cargo B-737 aircraft are operated by Rhoades Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Transair, and the all-cargo SD3-60-300 are operated by Trans Executive Airlines of Hawaii, Inc. d/b/a Transair Express.
  7. ^ Mangieri, Gina (July 16, 2021). "FAA orders Transair to stop jet flights, citing 'deficiencies' in maintenance, safety practices". KHON2 News.
  8. ^ Mangieri, Gina (2021-07-07). "Transair FAA penalties span decades; no US mail in crashed plane". KHON2. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  9. ^ Niles, Russ (May 26, 2022) [May 25, 2022]. "FAA Proposes Pulling Certificate After 737 Ditching". AVweb. Retrieved May 26, 2022. The agency claims to have found hundreds of illegal flights and numerous violations.
  10. ^ Shapiro, Emily; Stone, Alex (July 2, 2021). "2 pilots alive after plane crashes few miles off coast of Hawaii". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  11. ^ "Transair Boeing 737 freighter ditches in ocean near Hawaii". AVIATION A2Z. 2021-07-03. Retrieved 2021-07-03.
  12. ^ "Transair Operator Rhoades Aviation Loses FAA Inspection Authority". Aviation Week Network. Retrieved 2021-07-18.
  13. ^ National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Final Report