Aloha Airlines - Mahalo Nui Loa
On March 31st, 2008, Aloha Airlines ceased operations. I was going to write
something at the time, but I was too moved. I still am. Aloha was a
great little airline. After six years there, I knew all her employees,
from top to bottom. All her airplanes - rivet by rivet. Her demise
was too painful then, and it still is. Maybe, ....maybe, someday, I'll
write some more about her.
I have been fortunate enough to work with many airlines over a
lifetime of working with some of the world's greatest air carriers.
Some big. Some small. Some casually. Some in depth. Pacific
Northern (PNA), Wien Air Alaska, Northern Consolidated; Western. Pan
Am, Eastern. Seaboard World and Trans Carib. BWIA. Oh my, --
Nordair and Eastern Provincial. Canadian Pacific and Wardair and
Transair and Pacific Western. Quebecair. Air Micronesia, Air America,
and Air Siam. Piedmont... wonderful Piedmont.. The list is a lot
longer. Sometimes, when I was in a reminiscing mood, I'd volunteer
that of them all, only Aloha was still left standing. Ten little
Indians. Now, well, now there are none.
I know, an old fogey, living in the past. Well, for the rest of your
old fogeys out there - on my address list, you know, you know what I
know, those days, indeed, were the best.
Here's a video that's pretty good - not the best - but it tells the story.
Until I gather the intestinal fortitude to face the sadness of this
once happy, now forlorn past, and create something of my own,....it
will have to do. Enjoy the great music. Unlike the website name -
it's no "funstuff."......
Aloha Airlines - Mahalo Nui Loa.
ALOHA AIRLINES TO SHUT DOWN PASSENGER OPERATIONS AFTER MARCH 31, 2008,
ENDING A 61-YEAR TRADITION OF SERVICE TO HAWAII
HONOLULU Aloha Airlines announced today that
it will be shutting down its inter-island and transpacific passenger
flight operations. Aloha's last day of operations will be Monday, March
31, 2008. On that day, Aloha will operate its schedule with the
exception of flights from Hawaii to the West Coast and flights from
Orange County to Reno and Sacramento, and Oakland to Las Vegas.
Code-share partner United Airlines and other airlines are prepared to
assist and accommodate Aloha's passengers who have been inconvenienced.
For more information on United's accommodation options, contact United
at 1-800-UNITED1 or www.united.com. Passengers who do not wish to be
re-accommodated by another airline should contact their travel agent or
credit card company to request a refund. Effective immediately, Aloha
will stop selling tickets for travel beyond March 31, 2008.
The shutdown of Aloha's passenger operations will affect about 1,900
employees. Aloha also announced that its air cargo and aviation
services units will continue to operate as usual while the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court seeks bids from potential buyers. On March 27, 2008,
Saltchuk Resources, Inc., announced its intention to buy Aloha's air
This is an incredibly dark day for Hawaii, said David A. Banmiller,
Aloha's president and chief executive officer. Despite the groundswell
of support from the community and our elected officials, we simply ran
out of time to find a qualified buyer or secure continued financing for
our passenger business. We had no choice but to take this action.
We deeply regret the impact this will have on our dedicated employees
who have made Aloha one of the best operating airlines in the country.
Aloha Airlines was founded in 1946 to give Hawaii's people a choice in
inter-island air transportation.
Unfortunately, unfair competition has succeeded in driving us out of
business, bringing to an end a 61-year-old company with a proud legacy
of serving millions of travelers in the true spirit of Aloha. We
realize that this comes as a devastating disappointment to our frequent
flyers and our loyal business partners who have supported this company
for many, many years.
calls it quits after bankruptcy
says it will end passenger service succumbing to fierce competition and
will end passenger service Monday after tough competition and surging
costs pushed the airline into bankruptcy.
(AP) -- Aloha Airlines said Sunday it will halt all passenger service
Monday, signaling the end of an airline that has served Hawaii for more
filed for bankruptcy for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 21,
casualty of fierce competition and rising fuel prices. The airline said
stop taking reservations for flights after Monday.
simply ran out of time to find a qualified buyer or secure continued
for our passenger business," said Aloha President David Banmiller in a
statement. "We had no choice but to take this action."
suffered since Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group Inc. launched a new
carrier called go! airlines in 2006, triggering a local airfare war.
didn't mentioned go! by name in his statement, but did blame the
demise on rival companies.
unfair competition has succeeded in driving us out of business," he
prices, which have forced other airlines to raise fares and look for
cut expenses, also made it difficult for Aloha to operate.
tickets for flights after Monday will not be honored. It said it is
have United Airlines accommodate passengers with tickets for Aloha's
to Hawaii flights. It hopes to seat those with interisland tickets on
canceled Monday flights from Hawaii to the West Coast and between
cities in California and Nevada. It's last day for interisland travel
advised passengers who don't want to fly another airline and who want a
to contact their travel agents or credit card companies. Those who paid
or check may file a claim in bankruptcy court.
will affect about 1,900 employees. The company said air cargo services
company on Thursday offered to buy Aloha's cargo operations for an
amount. But Saltchuk Resources Inc. said it wasn't interested in taking
Aloha's passenger business.
Airlines was founded in 1946.
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