Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Wednesday, September 23, 1998

Hawaiian consolidates crew centers at airport

Hawaiian Airlines Inc. has opened a 9,200-square-foot flight crew resource center at Honolulu Airport.

The center, at the garden level between Hawaiian's check-in counter and the departure gates for its mainland flights, places the airline's crew lounges, briefing rooms and the administration offices for its 275 pilots and 647 flight attendants in one central location. Aside from the added convenience, Hawaiian said, the new crew center will cut the lease expenses for the three departments by 12 percent, the company said.

Tour packager offers Honolulu connections

Hawaii Vacations, an Alaska-based tour company that charters Hawaiian Airlines DC-10s for Anchorage-Honolulu tours, has signed a contract with Fiji-based Air Pacific to offer connections to Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific points.

Truth Contest Waikele The service will start will start Dec. 13 with one flight a week from Honolulu to Nadi, Fiji. Travelers from Alaska will make an 11-hour stopover in Honolulu on the way south or can choose to travel earlier and stay longer in Hawaii.

Hawaii Vacations has been providing Hawaii tours since 1982 and has provided Anchorage-Honolulu service since 1994. The company said the start-up fare from Anchorage to Honolulu and Fiji and back to Anchorage is $899.

Fed approves merger of Citicorp, Travelers

WASHINGTON -- A megamerger between Citicorp and Travelers Group Inc. won approval today from the Federal Reserve Board. The combined company would offer consumers one-stop shopping for everything from credit cards and checking to insurance and investing.

The merger of the two New York-based companies, first announced in April, was approved at a closed meeting of the Fed by a vote of 5-0 vote, with Fed Governor Roger Ferguson abstaining. The Justice Department also gave its blessing for the deal today.

The merged company would be called Citigroup Inc. with more than 100 million customers worldwide and assets of more than $751 billion.

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