Aloha Airlines timeline
Sources: "50 Years of Aloha: The Story of Aloha Airlines" and Star-Bulletin.
1946: Local publisher Ruddy Tongg organizes the hui Trans-Pacific Airlines as a charter carrier.
1958: Real estate developer Hung Wo Ching buys a 10 percent stake in the nearly bankrupt Trans-Pacific Airlines, renaming it Aloha Airlines. Ching serves as chairman of the publicly held company's board from the mid-1960s until he converts it to a private company in 1987.
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Aloha Airlines' first Boeing 737 took shape at Boeing's Wichita, Kan., plant in 1968. The jet's two halves were shipped by rail to Seattle, where assembly was completed. Aloha introduced the 737 to Hawaii in 1969 and planned to have six of the jets operating here by early 1970.
Begins flying Boeing 737 jets, replacing propeller-driven airplanes.
1970: Merger plan with Hawaiian Airlines falls through.
1986: Successfully fights off takeover attempt from Dallas-based CNS Partners, then goes private.
1988: Aloha and Hawaiian halt talks of a merger, in which Aloha expresses interest in acquiring Hawaiian.
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Aloha Airlines crew members help shaken passengers from a damaged Boeing 737 that landed at Maui's Kahului Airport in 1988. Flight 243 lost the forward upper half of its fuselage in flight. Captain Robert Schornstheimer and First Officer Mimi Tompkins were able to maintain control of the aircraft and land it. Only one life was lost when a flight attendant was blown from the aircraft.
Aloha reduces its daily schedule by 10 flights to 168 interisland trips and announces a 5 percent reduction in its work force even as its privately owned parent, Aloha Airgroup Inc., reports its net profit jumped to $4.9 million from $1 million for the first nine months of the year.
2000: Launches first mainland flights, with service from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif.
2001: Attempted merger with Hawaiian. Aloha cuts interisland flights by 25 percent and lays off 250 workers. At the same time, the airlines receive their first multimillion-dollar installments from a federal aid package for airlines. In November, the competing airlines are granted an antitrust exemption that lets them coordinate schedules.
2002: Merger attempt with Hawaiian Airlines fails.
2003: Hawaiian files for bankruptcy.
2004: Aloha files for bankruptcy.
June 2005: Hawaiian emerges from bankruptcy.
September: Mesa Air Group, which had been a potential investor in the bankruptcy cases of both Aloha and Hawaiian, announces it will enter the interisland market on its own
Feb. 13, 2006: Hawaiian sues Mesa, alleging Mesa used confidential information obtained during Aloha's bankruptcy when deciding to enter the Hawaii market.
Feb. 17: Aloha emerges from bankruptcy
June 9: Mesa's go! starts interisland operations, offering $19 one-way fares; Aloha gives away 1,000 free tickets.
Feb. 20, 2007:
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Flight attendant Betty Brumlow and Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and CEO of Mesa Air Group Inc., greeted passengers as they disembarked from go!'s first commercial flight from Lihue to Honolulu on June 9, 2006.
Hawaiian announces it lost $40.5 million in 2006.
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Artist Wyland stood with his tribute to Hawaii's marine life on May 9, 2007. Using an Aloha Airlines 737 as his canvas, Wyland's creation features seals, dolphins, whales and tiger sharks. The name of the plane is "Koholalele," or "Flying or Leaping Whale."
Aloha reports losing $41.5 million in 2006.
June 9: Mesa announces $1 fares to mark its one-year anniversary in the Hawaii market, the first of several $1 promotional fares.
Oct. 30: Court rules that Mesa used confidential information obtained during Hawaiian's bankruptcy, and orders Mesa to pay $80 million plus costs and attorneys' fees.
Nov. 21: Mesa posts a $90 million bond required to continue fighting the judgment against it in Hawaiian's lawsuit.
Feb. 14, 2008: Mesa's financial filings reveal its interisland operations had lost more than $26 million since startup.
Feb. 18: Oil prices close above $100 per barrel for the first time, adding to all airlines' fuel costs.
Feb. 28: Hawaiian Air surprises analysts with a $7.1 million profit for 2007.
March 20: Aloha files for bankruptcy for second time, blaming fuel prices and "predatory pricing" by go!, and reported it lost $81 million in 2007 and an additional $11 million in January.
March 28: The owner of Young Brothers interisland cargo barge service bids $13 million for Aloha's air cargo operation; Aloha seeks court permission for an auction.
March 30: Aloha announces it is shutting down passenger operations after March 31.
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Sheri Manufekai, left, and Helen Huang hugged as they waited for Aloha's last flight to arrive in Honolulu from Kahului on Monday.