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A new go! could help isle travel


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2013

~~<p>The death of Aloha Airlines five years ago resulted from a wild, three-way interisland price war, but the move now by Lanai billionaire owner Larry Ellison to purchase Mesa Air Group's interisland go! brings hopeful news for interisland fliers. In a short time, Hawaiian Airlines has broadened into a national and international carrier and should be able to withstand interisland confrontation by a stronger Island Air, which Ellison bought in February. Let the competition begin, and may it benefit consumers.</p>
<p>The bitterness in Aloha's 2008 bankruptcy was regarded at the time by David Banmiller, its president and CEO, as &quot;an incredibly dark day for Hawaii&quot; &mdash; some 2,000 people lost their jobs in the state's largest mass layoff &mdash; and that view was shared by the statewide community. Having been blamed for Aloha's demise, go! remained in flight but has undergone its own financial problems, eliminating 100 aircraft after filing for bankruptcy in 2010.</p>
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The death of Aloha Airlines five years ago resulted from a wild, three-way interisland price war, but the move now by Lanai billionaire owner Larry Ellison to purchase Mesa Air Group's interisland go! brings hopeful news for interisland fliers. In a short time, Hawaiian Airlines has broadened into a national and international carrier and should be able to withstand interisland confrontation by a stronger Island Air, which Ellison bought in February. Let the competition begin, and may it benefit consumers.

The bitterness in Aloha's 2008 bankruptcy was regarded at the time by David Banmiller, its president and CEO, as "an incredibly dark day for Hawaii" — some 2,000 people lost their jobs in the state's largest mass layoff — and that view was shared by the statewide community. Having been blamed for Aloha's demise, go! remained in flight but has undergone its own financial problems, eliminating 100 aircraft after filing for bankruptcy in 2010. Login for more...



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