Aloha to Aloha Airlines

March 31, 2008
hawaii •  travel

Thank you to everyone who were concerned about my family when they heard the news that Aloha Airlines will probably cease operations at the end of Monday’s work day.

Thankfully, DH and I do not work for them but we have many friends and family who do. It’s a sad day for everyone especially since they only announced they were filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection 2 weeks ago. No one, especially the 1900 employees, even imagined they would find themselves without a job so soon. No one had time to react let alone start looking for a way to survive financially. Our neighbors who both work for Aloha recently had a baby and purchased a brand new home. I don’t know what they’ll do now.

Aloha Airlines has been flying between the islands and to the West Coast for the last 61 years. They have a proud history in the islands and it just won’t be the same without them. My father worked there for 40 years so I’ve pretty much grown up with Aloha. It was because of them that we were able to travel so much and made me decide on a career in the travel industry.

My prayers go out to all the families affected by this sad event.

Comment Spotlight by Sheila of Go Visit Hawaii:

Kailani - I’m so glad you and your husband aren’t directly effected by this bad news. Like you, I never thought operations would cease so quickly. I feel so bad for the Aloha employees and all the extended suppliers and network whose jobs depended on the airline. It’s a sad day for Hawaii and for those who love Hawaii.



 
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15 Comments on “Aloha to Aloha Airlines”

1
March 31, 2008
5:39 am

diana/sunshine said:

wow! i hadn’t even heard this news. what an impact this will have not just on the employees but the travel industry for the islands. it’s so sad for families who will be affected.

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March 31, 2008
5:50 am

Desert Songbird said:

It’s a tough, tough thing. I hope your neighbors land on their feet.

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March 31, 2008
6:04 am

Jen @ One Moms World said:

So so sad. I really hope everything can work out for these families.

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March 31, 2008
6:06 am

Pamela said:

I hadn’t heard this either.

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March 31, 2008
6:35 am

yoshi said:

I saw that on the news and thought about you. I wondered if you were with them or not.

It’s too bad for all those employees!

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March 31, 2008
2:00 pm

Sheila said:

Kailani - I’m so glad you and your husband aren’t directly effected by this bad news. Like you, I never thought operations would cease so quickly. I feel so bad for the Aloha employees and all the extended suppliers and network whose jobs depended on the airline. It’s a sad day for Hawaii and for those who love Hawaii.

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March 31, 2008
2:06 pm

Summer said:

I hadn’t heard about this, but I know first hand about how unexpected loss of a job can affect a family. I hope the employees will be able to find work quickly.

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March 31, 2008
3:37 pm

Renee said:

I feel so sad for the employees. I think that it stinks when companies do this…I know of other companies who have done this to friends and it is always sad in the end.

Glad to hear this is not your airlines.

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March 31, 2008
10:21 pm

groovyoldlady said:

1900 employees? Good Heavens! I hadn’t heard the news, but I’ll certainly lift those poor shell-shocked people up to the Lord.

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April 1, 2008
2:17 am

Ginny said:

That is so sad, I hate when companies go out of business large or small. I’m glad you guys don’t work for them at least.

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April 1, 2008
3:03 am

Kila said:

Wow, how sad. I flew on that airline, between islands. My thoughts and prayers are with all those families.

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April 1, 2008
4:56 am

Jen said:

I heard about this today, and immediately wondered about you. Glad you won’t be affected, but so sorry for those who will. Praying they are able to find other positions to care for their families!

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April 1, 2008
11:54 pm

jenna said:

oh wow. I’ve only been to Hawaii once but I distinctly remember Aloha airlines.. They had such great ticket prices! We flew from Oahu to Maui and then from Maui to the Big Island on Aloha. I am sad they’re not going to be there any longer.

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April 2, 2008
1:42 am

Cathi said:

NY had heard about Aloha however I had not. I am glad you personally have not been affected. Unfortunately, one airline’s problem dominoes to the rest of the industry.
We are dealing with American Airlines. After 30 years and injury on duty, (not a sore back but a bomb explosion) the airline is stopping our benefits due to NY not being able to return to work yet. I just DON’T get it!!

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April 3, 2008
9:36 am

danette said:

Hi Kailani,
I just got an email saying that ATA has gone bankrupt too. This has impacted me because, I’m supposed to be on a flight next week for my sister’s wedding.
I’m hoping other airlines will help out the ATA customers as Hawaiian has done for the Aloha customers.
Hugs, Danette

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