AIS Pilots Open New Chapter with Sale of Airline
Island Air MEC
chairman Capt. Monte Vories 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.”
Vories continued, “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.”