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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:58 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2006

Island Air adds self-service kiosks

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Island Air customers will soon be able to check in for flights using self-service kiosks in a move designed to speed up the boarding process.

Beginning this month, Island Air will install Kinetics TouchPort II C kiosks at its Honolulu International Airport curbside and check-in counter. The service will then be expanded to Kahului Airport and Kona International Airport.

With the TouchPort II C kiosks, passengers can access their itinerary, check-in, check luggage and print their boarding pass using a credit card.

Sale of Kahala Mandarin stake boosts parent company's profits

Mandarin Oriental International Ltd., which manages luxury hotels in Asia, Europe and the Americas, said profit almost tripled last year because of a one-time gain from the sale of its stake in the Kahala Mandarin Oriental.

Net income rose to $77.2 million, or 8.14 cents per share, from a restated $28.5 million, or 3.35 cents, in 2004, the Hong Kong-based company said in a statement. The mean estimate of four compiled by Thomson Financial was for net income of $70.9 million. Sales were $815.4 million, compared with $667.3 million.

The company will pay a final dividend of 1.5 cents per share, compared with 1 cent last year.