Posts Tagged ‘aloha airlines’

The $9 collector’s item!

Posted: May 14, 2008 by Nathan Kam in Random Raves & Rants
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On my way back to Oahu after finishing the Pressure Cook filming on the Big Island, I stopped in the gift shop by the Hawaiian Airlines gate to kill some time. I stumbled upon this Aloha Airlines toy on the shelf and bought two of them as keepsakes or collector’s items if you will…one for Ensen to play with and one for me to keep in its original package as a future “talk story” piece.

The cashier behind the counter told me these were flying off the shelves and they were having a hard time ordering more. It could have just been a sales pitch, but I think it was the sad truth about people attempting to hold on to a piece of Hawaii history.

I’m holding on to my two planes for as long as I can, but I see people are turning around and selling them on eBay for a slightly higher price. Different strokes for different folks. It’s a really cool pull-back toy that makes a great take off and landing sound with flashing lights on the engines. Ensen certainly loves it!

-NGK

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1946 – 2008

The Story of Aloha Airlines

 

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Beware the Ides of March! This month has not been kind to Hawaii businesses and the superstition that bad things happen in threes was confirmed once more.

First it was Weyerhaeuser announcing it was closing its doors after 50 years in Hawaii. Then Molokai Ranch shocked the islands with the same news last week. And today, the news we were all hoping we weren’t going to get came down.

Aloha Airlines today announced it is ceasing passenger operations at close of business tomorrow. What does that mean? No more Aloha Airlines interisland or transpacific service come Tuesday. But sadder, it means roughly 1,900 Aloha Airlines employees will lose their jobs in less than 48 hours. I wish all of the Aloha Airlines employees the best and a heartfelt mahalo for everything they’ve done over the past 61 years.

On a brighter note, Hawaiian Airlines and go! Airlines are stepping up its service to accommodate the void left by Aloha Airlines in the interisland marketplace. Hawaiian said today it is increasing its interisland capacity by 6,000 seats starting on Tuesday, so it good to know we won’t be hung out to dry.

If you’re following the story as a local or visitor heading to or currently here in Hawaii, the best source for updated information is the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s website. It’s a one-stop-shop for the latest updates from the Governor’s office, Hawaii Tourism Authority, airlines, hotels, and visitor industry.

-NGK

[Photo courtesy of Boeing]

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I can certainly understand people sleep walking, but “sleep flying” would be a whole different ballgame. A story in today’s Honolulu Star-Bulletin titled “Tapes show go! pilots unresponsive in flight” got me thinking if such a medical condition exists and could it be a possible reason go! airlines pilots overshot Hilo Airport by 15 miles on February 13.

A quick search of the term “sleep flying” on WebMD came back with negative results. But all media reports thus far suggest there’s a good possibility the pilots were asleep at the wheel that day. Or “busy” doing other things instead of paying attention to the task at hand.

Regardless of whether pilots were sleeping or not has solidified my position to never fly go! airlines as long as Hawaiian and Aloha airlines are here.

-NGK

[Photo courtesy of Honolulu Star-Bulletin]