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Sunday, March 30, 2008

ALOHA AIRLINES TO SHUT DOWN PASSENGER OPERATIONS AFTER MARCH 31, 2008, ENDING A 61-YEAR TRADITION OF SERVICE TO HAWAII

ALOHA AIRLINES TO SHUT DOWN PASSENGER OPERATIONS AFTER MARCH 31, 2008, ENDING A 61-YEAR TRADITION OF SERVICE TO HAWAII

HONOLULU – Aloha Airlines announced today that it will be shutting down its inter-island and
transpacific passenger flight operations. Aloha’s last day of operations will be Monday, March 31,
2008. On that day, Aloha will operate its schedule with the exception of flights from Hawaii to the West
Coast and flights from Orange County to Reno and Sacramento, and Oakland to Las Vegas.

Code-share partner United Airlines and other airlines are prepared to assist and accommodate Aloha’s
passengers who have been inconvenienced. For more information on United’s accommodation
options, contact United at 1-800-UNITED1 or www.united.com.

Passengers who do not wish to be re-accommodated by another airline should contact their travel
agent or credit card company to request a refund.

Effective immediately, Aloha will stop selling tickets for travel beyond March 31, 2008.

The shutdown of Aloha’s passenger operations will affect about 1,900 employees.

Aloha also announced that its air cargo and aviation services units will continue to operate as usual
while the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeks bids from potential buyers. On March 27, 2008, Saltchuk
Resources, Inc., announced its intention to buy Aloha’s air cargo business.

“This is an incredibly dark day for Hawaii,” said David A. Banmiller, Aloha’s president and chief
executive officer. “Despite the groundswell of support from the community and our elected officials, we
simply ran out of time to find a qualified buyer or secure continued financing for our passenger
business. We had no choice but to take this action.

“We deeply regret the impact this will have on our dedicated employees who have made Aloha one of
the best operating airlines in the country.

“Aloha Airlines was founded in 1946 to give Hawaii’s people a choice in inter-island air transportation.
Unfortunately, unfair competition has succeeded in driving us out of business, bringing to an end a 61-
year-old company with a proud legacy of serving millions of travelers in the true spirit of Aloha.

”We realize that this comes as a devastating disappointment to our frequent flyers and our loyal
business partners who have supported this company for many, many years.”

Friday, March 28, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Google.com/Transit

Google.com/Transit
Google has done it again! In certain cities throughout the world, Google gives travelers step-by-step directions from point A to point B on local public transportation. Very handy if you’re in a new city and need to find your way around. Plus, the site tells you if it will be quicker and/or cheaper than driving.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: FareReport.com

FareReport.com
I don’t know how accurate this data is but it’s pretty neat to check out. By logging on to FareReport.com, you can find out how many passengers fly a certain domestic route, what the average one-way fare is, the average cost per mile and what airline has the largest market share.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

ALOHA AIRLINES FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

Aloha Airgroup, Inc., a Hawaii corporation whose principal operating subsidiary is AlohaAirlines, Inc., announced today that it filed a voluntary petition for protection under Chapter 11 of theU.S. Bankruptcy Code. Aloha will seek the Court’s approval to allow the Hawaii-based company to continue operating. For more info and answers to all of your questions like:
"Q: What if I am holding a reservation and will be traveling in the next 48 hours, can I still expect my Aloha flight to operate? A: Yes as long as the Court allows us to operate."

Log on to this url of Aloha Airline's website.
http://www.alohaairlines.com/about/press_releases.php?mode=show&ak=34

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: WorldTaxiMeter.com

WorldTaxiMeter.com
Now this is a useful travel website … if you’re traveling to Barcelona, Boston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York, Paris, Prague, Rome, or San Francisco and aren’t sure how much a taxi ride will cost from point A to point B, there’s a way to find out. Visit the site and check it out! I simply entered in LAX as point A and my home address as point B and the generated results were spot on. I can’t guarantee that every calculation will be just as accurate, but I’m sure you will let me know! The only downside is that this service is only offered for a limited number of cities.

Friday, March 14, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: TravelingBoy.com

The Traveling Boitanos (http://travelingboy.com/)
Here’s a new travel website that just launched yesterday. It’s called TravelingBoy.com but it’s short for The Traveling Boitanos. How the site was created is just as interesting as the content. It turns out that on July 5th, 2007 -- 14 Boitano siblings met for the first time at a family reunion. Their only link - and completely unbeknownst to one another - the same father. The centerpiece of the reunion was the 80th birthday celebration of their father Floyd Boitano. Despite having different mothers and having been raised in entirely different environments, all twelve siblings exhibited certain common traits and possessed almost an uncanny resemblance to one another. It became obvious that the well-traveled Floyd Boitano genes were strong and that the Boitano family was finally becoming one. At the end of the day, the group decided to create a family newsletter, in an attempt to stay in contact with one another. The newsletter evolved into TravelingBoy.com. On the site, you’ll find each Boitano writing about a different subject -- from food travel to political travel.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Low-cost-airline-guide.com

Low-cost-airline-guide.com
You know I’m a huge fan of WhichBudget.com. It’s because of them that I saved over $700 last summer when I flew from Nice to Rome. Here’s a link to the story. Well, a site similar to WhichBudget.com is low-cost-airline-guide.com. It’s another resource for you to check out and who knows ... you might even like their user interface better.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Hulu.com

Hulu.com

Nothing on the tube in your domestic hotel room? And you don’t have a SlingBox? Well, here’s another option for you to cure your travel boredom, if there’s such a thing as travel boredom. Break out your laptop and log on to Hulu.com, which just launched today. This website is a joint venture between NBC Universal and Fox. It has a ton of TV shows and video clips available to anyone who logs on. The video-streaming website displays free TV shows and feature films from NBC, Fox and more than 50 other media companies including Sony Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. This site aims to be the premiere video-streaming destination online and they’re still pursuing deals with ABC, Disney and CBS. In case you’re wondering, they make their money from the ads.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: InsideTrip.com

InsideTrip.com
A new website called InsideTrip.com debuted this week. It’s your standard online booking tool but with a twist. It not only provides fares, but also factors in and evaluates some important particulars that the novice traveler might not be aware of. InsideTrip rates the amount of legroom on the plane, how often a particular flight is on time, the aircraft type, how crowded the flight typically is, connection times and so on. I wasn’t able to give it a good whirl as I’m traveling and when I pulled the site up, the homepage screen greeted me with an error message: “Sorry, your web browser is not yet supported. You need to download a new version of Firefox or Internet Explorer.” What the blank?! I’ve never seen that one before. Let’s just hope they have better luck rating flights.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Healthy.net

Healthy.net
Whenever I travel outside of the country, I tend to think about all the “what ifs”. What if a poisonous spider bites me? What if a snake strangles me? You don’t even want to know some of the other concerns that run wild in my mind; some of it’s just demented stuff. But, I don’t think I’m alone in this. The best way to ease your fears is preparation. Here’s a website that has all kinds of information on emergency and first-aid care, from general tips to prevention, to questions to ask yourself or a healthcare professional, should you find yourself in an emergency situation. The website addresses an assortment of potential incidences from animal bites and sunburn to frostbite and drowning. Hopefully, none of us will ever need this information but it’s good to know where it is, just in case. As the old adage goes, better safe than sorry. Travel safe.