LOS ANGELES -- SunTrips, based in San Jose, Calif., moved into the
Southern California market, offering air and land packages to
In April, SunTrips began offering six flights a week from Los
Angeles to Honolulu, with stops once each week on Maui, the Big
Island (Kona) and Kauai.
Seasonal summer service, from June 1 through Aug. 23, will
increase the number of flights to Hawaii out of Los Angeles to 12
Its sister company -- Sunquest -- serviced the market for four
years until the firm was disbanded last August.
Airtours purchased SunTrips, which has been in business for 23
years, in 1997 and then opened Sunquest.
Airtours and its North American Leisure Group operated Sunquest
until it was shut down.
Sunquest was eliminated as a brand because business was not
going well, according to SunTrips president Bryan Murphy.
Eliminating Sunquest "was what I did on my second day on the
job," he added.
"SunTrips is who we are. I brought everything under one
umbrella. It was nuts the way things were. We were duplicating
"Now we're all under one roof."
In addition to its new Los Angeles service, through Oct. 28,
SunTrips offers 13 flights from San Francisco to Hawaii seven
days per week, with stops in Honolulu, Maui, Kona and Kauai.
From Oct. 29 through Dec. 31, the flights will be offered seven
times a week.
For more information, call SunTrips at (800) 786-8747 or visit
the Web site at www.suntrips.com.