Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant dies after testing positive for COVID-19

David Oliver, USA TODAY


July 23, 2020, 2:17 PM

Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant died after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month in California, following an employee training at the airline’s headquarters.

Hawaiian Airlines President & CEO Peter Ingram told employees in an internal memo distributed on Tuesday that Jeff Kurtzman, a senior Los Angeles-based flight attendant, died this week.

He had been a part of the airline since 1986, “and over the past three decades had become well known to his in-flight colleagues for his passion for discovering new places, people and cultures; his terrific sense of humor and knack for easy conversation; and his caring heart,” Ingram wrote in the memo, obtained by USA TODAY.

“Our in-flight team has reached out to Jeff’s husband and we will, of course, offer all the support that we can,” Ingram also wrote. “I know you will join me and our Hawaiian Airlines ‘ohana in keeping his family in your thoughts during this time.”

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