Monday, March 31, 2008

I started flying with Aloha Airlines upon my second trip to see R on Maui as he only flies with Aloha. It's because of them that R and I were able to travel inter-island to Maui for holidays and special occasions. Yesterday, we find out that they are shutting down all passenger operations effective at the end of today's work day.

It is truly a sad day for everyone especially since they only announced they were filing for Chapter 11 earlier this month. This is their second time in filing for bankruptcy protection in the past four years blaming the high cost of fuel and the continuing, what it calls illegal, airfare war brought on by their inter-island competitor, GO! Airlines.

Aloha Airlines has been flying between the islands and to the West Coast for the last 61 years. It just will not be the same without them. No one, especially the 1900 employees, even imagined they would find themselves without a job so soon! My prayers go out to all the families affected by this sad event.

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