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The Associated Press

HECO crews assist after Calif. wildfire

HONOLULU — Thirty employees from Hawaii electricity utilities will be in wildfire-devastated Northern California to help restore power.

The employees from Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light will be helping Pacific Gas & Electric Company rebuild fire-damaged electrical infrastructure in Butte County, Calif.

Hawaiian Electric Companies said Friday this is the first time they are dispatching workers to a U.S.-Mainland disaster through a mutual assistance agreement with western regional utilities.

The companies say PG&E asked Hawaii for help because many Mainland utilities are working in areas damaged by hurricanes in Florida and the southeast.

The crews will be working 16-hour shifts for three weeks. PG&E will reimburse Hawaiian Electric Companies for all travel and labor expenses.

The nation’s deadliest wildfire in the past century has killed at least 84 people.


Budget airline ends service to Honolulu

HONOLULU — A budget airline based in Singapore will discontinue flights to Honolulu in June, citing low demand for the service.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Singapore Airlines announced this week that its low-cost arm Scoot will end the Hawaii route.

The change comes as Scoot takes over several SilkAir routes over the next two years. The regional airline SilkAir is merging into Singapore Airlines.

Scoot launched service to Honolulu in early December 2017, flying the route four times a week with a 329-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Scoot said last year that one-way fares from Honolulu to Singapore would start at about $400. Its one-way fares to Osaka, Japan, would start at $240.

The flights to Honolulu were the airline’s first service to the U.S.