Sunday, March 30, 2008
Aloha Air says goodbye
Mary Ann Milbourn
The Orange County Register
Aloha Airlines announced today that it is shutting down all passenger operations after Monday.
Outbound flights from John Wayne Airport to Hawaii will continue as scheduled through Monday, said Stu Glauberman, Aloha’s spokesman. Inbound flights from Hawaii on Monday, however, are canceled as are Aloha flights from Orange County to Reno and Sacramento.
The airline is working with code-share partner United Airlines and other companies to arrange transportation for passengers whose flights have been canceled. Passengers who do not want to be accommodated by another airline were directed to contact their travel agent or credit card company to request a refund. Passengers with more questions should visit the airline's Web site at http://www.alohaairlines.com.
Aloha, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, will continue its cargo and aviation services pending bids through the bankruptcy court by potential buyers.
“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,” said David A. Banmiller, Aloha’s chief executive. “We had no choice but to take this action.”
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The shutdown ends the airline’s 61 years of service. About 1,900 employees are affected.