Steve Garvey, Los Angeles Dodgers baseball legend; Joseph Aredas and Gina Marie Lindsey, Los Angeles World Airports; Dave Barger, JetBlue Airways; and a number of JetBlue Airways crewmembers and executives celebrated new service from LAX to the East Coast.
JetBlue Airways CEO Dave Barger, Los Angeles Dodgers legend Steve Garvey and musician Robin Thicke, among others, commemorated JetBlue’s inaugural flight from New York to Los Angeles with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and an online auction to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
The carrier will now offer twice-daily service from LAX to New York (departing at 12:50 p.m. and 10:40 p.m.) on Airbus A320 aircraft. Flights to Boston leave twice daily (with the exception of Saturdays) at 2:45 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
A Delightful Comeback
Larry Kwan, who has worked in the travel industry for 50 years, has returned to Pacific Delight Tours to assume the position of president. Kwan will be responsible for the operations, marketing, sales and strategic management of Pacific Delight.
“It is like returning to family,” said Kwan. “Pacific Delight sets the standard for quality, value and execution for luxury travel throughout Asia. I am excited to return and continue to establish new levels of sophistication for Pacific Delight Tours. Under my leadership, Pacific Delight will continue to be the standard.”
Previously, Kwan joined Pacific Delight Tours in 1973 as senior vice president. He worked with founder Francis Luk to build Pacific Delight’s reputation and shape the company. After his first tenure at Pacific Delight Tours, Kwan served as president of Far and Wide Tours’ Asia division. Most recently, he served as president of Travel Bound’s Asia division.
Jerry Pi, the former president of Pacific Delight, will return to the family real estate business to finish two major New York City development projects.
Manchen Takes On New Role
Frank Manchen will oversee and lead the development and execution of strategic sales, marketing plans and initiatives as the new director of sales and marketing for Hilton Waikoloa Village. Manchen has been with Hilton Hotels and Resorts for 12 years and has been the director of sales for La Quinta Resort and PGA West, part of Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Collection.
“It will be exciting to have [Manchen] working with our team,” said Debi Bishop, general manager of Hilton Waikoloa Village. “[His] hands-on approach, passion for guest satisfaction and extensive hospitality background will contribute to our mantra of ‘One Team One Dream’ here at Hilton Waikoloa Village.”
Click & Win
Scott McCubbins, senior travel consultant for All About Travel, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., is the winner of TravelAgeWest.com’s May Click & Win contest. He has won a three-night getaway at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel on the island of Maui.
McCubbins has 20 years of experience in the travel industry and learned his trade at Trans World Travel Academy. He started his travel career with TWA and has worked for Maritz Travel Company.
McCubbins enjoys traveling — especially to the Hawaiian islands, which he has visited more than 40 times.