Hawaiian inagural flight leaves Oakland

May 1, 2008 12:30:35 PM PDT
Travelers on Hawaiian Airlines' inaugural flight between Oakland International Airport and Honolulu International Airport were treated to live music and hula before boarding the plane that left Oakland at 9 a.m. today, according to the company.

Hawaiian is launching the daily flights in response to the closures in late March and early April of Aloha and ATA airlines. Flights leave Oakland at 9 a.m. and the Honolulu flight will depart at 1:30 p.m.

Hawaiian has provided charter service for all away games for the Oakland Raiders since 2000, according to the airline.

Aloha Airlines, which provided flights within Hawaii and flights between Hawaii and all three major Bay Area airports closed its doors March 31 after 61 years of service, according to the airline. The closure affected around 1,900 employees.

Aloha indicated the reason for the closure was the lack of qualified buyers or secure financing to continue commercial flights.

A second airline, ATA Airlines, stopped April 3 due to bankruptcy after the loss of a contract that provided military charter business. Rising fuel costs were also a factor.

In the Bay Area, ATA serviced flights from Oakland International Airport. The Indianapolis-based company had more than 2,200 employees.

Oakland is the sixth California airport Hawaiian Airlines serves. It already flies from Mineta San Jose International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.


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