USAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3308 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
Aloha- Hawaiian word meaning love, peace, hello, and goodbye.
Today, one of the nations finest airlines, Aloha Airlines suspended service . The airline began as charter carrier Trans-Pacific Airlines by Ruddy Tongg to compete to Hawaiian Airlines, commencing operations on Aloha Friday, July 26, 1946 with one World War II-surplus Douglas C-47 (DC-3) on a flight from Honolulu to Maui and Hilo. The name reflected Tongg's vision of a trans-oceanic airline connecting California, Hawaii, and China. It soon earned the nickname "The Aloha Airline" . Approval to operate as a scheduled airline came when President Harry S. Truman signed the certificate on February 21, 1949, with the first scheduled flight on June 6, 1949, following ceremonies held the previous day. Aloha rapidly grew during the 50's and 60's. In the late 1960's Aloha bought 2 732's which were nicknamed ''Funbirds''. In October 1971, the airline sold its remaining Viscounts and became an all-jet airline. In the early 80's, Aloha founded a new airline, titled Aloha Pacific, which served Asia and Oceania with DC-10's. In 1986 Aloha became the first airline to operate a ETOPS aircraft. On February 14, 2000, the airline began mainland service, flying newly delivered Boeing 737-700s from Honolulu and Kahului to Oakland, California.Rising costs and an economic recession in Japan put Aloha into a defensive position in the early 2000s, soon exacerbated by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the SARS panic of 2003, and soaring fuel prices. On December 30, 2004, Aloha Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to cut costs and remain competitive with other airlines serving Hawaii. Following approval of new labor contracts and securing additional investment by new investors, the airline emerged from bankruptcy protection on February 17, 2006. On August 30, 2006, Gordon Bethune was named Chairman of the Board. As a result of new costs and the price of oil, Aloha entered Chapter 11 again on March 20,2008. Ten days later, on March 30, 2008, Aloha Airlines announced the suspension of all scheduled passenger flights, with the final day of operation being March 31, 2008.
Aloha was an amazing airline with an amazing crew. I flew on one of their flights and boy, the crew was so attentive. They learned most of the passengers names.
We will miss you Aloha. You will be forever in our hearts.
MAHALO NUI LOA - ALOHA OE
July 26, 1946 - March 31, 2008