February 27, 2013
Island Air Pilots Open New Chapter with Sale
Encouraged by the Transaction, Pilots are Critical to Success of New Airline
HONOLULU – Capt. Monte Vories, chairman of the Island Air unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement about the sale of Island Air to Ohana Airline Holdings LLC, a private holding company owned by billionaire Larry Ellison.
“The acquisition of Island Air by Ohana Airline Holdings LLC represents a new chapter for Island Air – one that we hope will bring renewed success to our airline, our employees, and our passengers.
“For more than 32 years, Island Air pilots have provided a valuable service to the people of Hawaii and its visitors. We expect to build upon this great tradition, and are excited about the company’s plans to expand our service and customer base around the islands. Introducing new ATR aircraft into our fleet is a great start.
“For continued success, however, it will take teamwork between company management and the company’s largest stakeholders – the employee groups. The pilots are committed to doing our part in this process, as proven over the past few months by working out a new contract that sets the terms and conditions for operating new ATR aircraft. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the new management team and working together to advance Island Air so it can better compete in the local marketplace.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 53,000 pilots at 37 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
ALPA CONTACT: Lydia Jakub, 602-306-1116 ext. 2882 or 480-586-5873