Newly formed Aeko Kula, a Saltchuk Resources subsidiary and likely buyer of bankrupt Aloha Airlines’ cargo division, named Michael Coffman COO.
Coffman had been senior VP airline operations at Aloha and was responsible for air cargo, maintenance, passenger operations and contract services.
Sale of Aloha’s cargo division is expected to close in US bankruptcy court on 14 May. The cargo business will operate under the name Aloha Air Cargo.
Aloha filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and terminated passenger service in March, but maintained cargo flights until 28 April when Aloha lost bidders and GMAC financing. It resumed cargo flights on 1 May after US bankruptcy court approved its sale to Saltchuk Resources and Aloha’s main lender, GMAC Commercial Finance, supplied funding again.
Prior to joining Aloha, Coffman was VP/general manager of FedEx air ground and freight services and was responsible for airport operations and long-haul trucking, as well as freight product pick-up and delivery for the company’s western region.
Coffman began his aviation career at American Airlines and after 17 years at the company, he joined AirCal, where he served as VP passenger services and VP maintenance and engineering.
He also served as VP operations for Flying Tigers, where he was responsible for the carrier’s US and Puerto Rican airport operations.