The skies could once again be filled with planes bearing the Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines logos, just like the good ʻole days; Island Air is talking with Yucaipa Cos, the majority shareholder of Aloha Airlines to purchase the Aloha name. Larry Ellison bought Island Air in February; and if he is successful in buying the name, then the two old rivals could be in the skies again.
Aloha Airlines flew itʻs last passenger on March 31, 2008 when Aloha closed down after 61 years of service.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that some of Aloha Airlines employees are not happy about the name being purchased unless it also means hiring back some of the people who made the airline what it was.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted several former employees; "We've talked about it, and a lot of the former employees are totally against anyone taking over the name," said Joe Kauweloa, 61, who spent 35 years at Aloha as a customer service agent.
"You just don't buy the name, because it's the employees who made the name to be Aloha. There's a difference. It's an ohana thing where everybody made up the name of being Aloha," said Kauweloa, who now works as a bell and valet dispatcher at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa at Ko Olina.