July 10, 2013 |
Goodbye, Air Pacific. Hello, Fiji Airways. The rebranding of Air Pacific took a major step this week when the airline adopted its new name, Fiji Airways, and Fijian symbol. The new name caps an effort by the small airline to recover from several years of record losses during the economic recession. Many of the changes in the 60-year-old airline will be visible in Southern California, where the carrier is expanding from six direct flights a week from Los Angeles International Airport to eight flights during peak travel season in December and January.
May 3, 2013 |
Bula! On June 19, Air Pacific, the national airline of Fiji, will become Fiji Airways , its name from 1951 to 1970, when it became Air Pacific. Dave Pflieger, chief executive, urged the board of directors to rebrand the airline. “When you hear Air New Zealand, Japan Airlines or American Airlines, you know where it flies,” he said. “We need to be a flying billboard for Fiji and have it set up so people feel like their vacation to Fiji begins on the plane.” (You can see a bit of the airline's history in a YouTube video linked here .)
February 23, 2013 |
Navigating through the floor of the L.A. Times Travel Show is a mini-cultural exploration of its own. You can stop by the Guam booth and watch traditional dancers perform, or listen to live sanshin music as you pass by the Okinawa booth. You can also stop by the Fiji booth tucked away by the Xtreme Adventure stage and the rock climbing wall and participate in a cultural activity firsthand. The booth features special guests Joji Ramasima, Jesom Tuikana and Paula Rokotuiveikan Nabuta - dancers and musicians studying at the Conservatorium of Music in Fiji.
December 13, 2012 |
When Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, stormed into the Clackamas Town Center mall outside Portland, Ore., with an assault rifle, his targets would be random, unconnected, caught in his line of fire. Cindy Ann Yuille was one of them. Yuille, 54, was shot and killed in the Tuesday afternoon attack. She was a mother, a devoted nurse and a Southern California native. In a statement released Wednesday, her family called her "everybody's friend" and "a wonderful person who was very caring and put others first.
January 28, 2012
A half dozen singers and dancers from Fiji's Conservancy of Music are performing at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the lively exhibit was drawing healthy crowds and serving the traditional kava, a non-alcoholic drink made from the root of the pepper tree. In Fiji, it¿s used as medicine, and also to mark important occasions, such as weddings, or a new tribal chief.Also, ask about a “tapa, a piece of Fijian artwork. Free samples were being given away at the booth as supplies last.In the meantime, the Conservancy of Music performers were enchanting audiences of 20 to 30 on Saturday afternoon, when the show was at its busiest.The Fiji booth is easy to find, located right next to the show¿s climbing wall.
January 28, 2012 |
A half dozen singers and dancers from Fiji's Conservancy of Music are performing at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the lively exhibit was drawing healthy crowds and serving the traditional kava, a non-alcoholic drink made from the root of the pepper tree. In Fiji, it's used as medicine, and also to mark important occasions, such as weddings, or a new tribal chief. Also, ask about a “tapa, a piece of Fijian artwork.