Flight Review: Mokulele Airlines, Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Imperial/El Centro, CA (IPL)

Mokulele Airlines LogoDisclaimer: In exchange for writing a review for the airline Mokulele Airlines, I was offered a flight between Los Angeles (LAX) and El Centro/Imperial County (IPL), California.

Oh, hey, a domestic fifth freedom flight!  Mokulele Airlines was founded in 1994 as Mokulele Air Services.  Although it originates from and is based in Hawaii, as part of the oft-mentioned Essential Air Service, they were granted the right to fly the Southern California route earlier this year; the one-propeller Cessna Caravans inaugurated the route on May 23rd.

5JUN 2016 Mokulele Airlines Los Angeles (LAX) to Imperial County-El Centro (IPL) (3)Check-in at LAX is at Terminal 6.  The Theme Building stands out in the background.

5JUN 2016 Mokulele Airlines Los Angeles (LAX) to Imperial County-El Centro (IPL) (2)As has been the case with previous reviews on smaller air carriers, the customer service and staff were very good all around, although – probably due in large part to the fact that it was a new flight – the gate agent seemed frazzled at times.

5JUN 2016 Mokulele Airlines Los Angeles (LAX) to Imperial County-El Centro (IPL) (4)The handful of other passengers and I were bused to the remote parking spot, where we were also told that the flight would be around 1.5 hours.  Have a look at a few photos of this memorable flight:

5JUN 2016 Mokulele Airlines Los Angeles (LAX) to Imperial County-El Centro (IPL) (5)The port of Long Beach.

5JUN 2016 Mokulele Airlines Los Angeles (LAX) to Imperial County-El Centro (IPL) (8)Urban sprawl, to a hilt.

5JUN 2016 Mokulele Airlines Los Angeles (LAX) to Imperial County-El Centro (IPL) (6)A mosaic of well-watered spaces.

5JUN 2016 Mokulele Airlines Los Angeles (LAX) to Imperial County-El Centro (IPL) (9)But it’s not long before you hit the desert.

5JUN 2016 Mokulele Airlines Los Angeles (LAX) to Imperial County-El Centro (IPL) (1)The plane that took us across Southern California.

5JUN 2016 Mokulele Airlines Los Angeles (LAX) to Imperial County-El Centro (IPL) (7)Welcome to Imperial.  The most popular food in this drought-stricken place?  Shaved ice, aka raspados.

Thanks again, Mokulele Airlines for the enjoyable flight, quality service and in helping me explore a part of the US I never expected to visit!

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