Business in Brief

Homer New York Life

agent Trygstad honored

for 33 years of service

In recognition of his 33 years of service, Paul Trygstad of Homer has been named a Senior NYLIC of New York Life.    

Trygstad joined New York Life on Sept. 1, 1982. He began his career and continues to work out of the Alaska general office of New York Life, serving clients in Homer and throughout the Kenai Peninsula. 

He is a member of the Alaska chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and is an active member of the Homer community.  

He has earned many accolades and has many accomplishments in his career, most notably being inducted into the New York Life Hall of Fame in 2012 and becoming a Senior NYLIC.  

Trygstad is a registered representative for NYLIFE Securities Inc. and provides life insurance protection, fixed and variable annuities, retirement planning including IRAs, direct rollovers and transfers, along with funding options for settlements.  The key areas he works in are asset protection, wealth accumulation and wealth distribution.

“Paul is very passionate about helping people and he is committed and dedicated to his community making himself available around the clock,” said Charles Villarreal, managing partner of New York Life’s Alaska General Office.   

Trygstad can be reached at his office at 652 Soundview Ave. His phone number is 299-2940.

New York Life Insurance Co., a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance comany in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. For more information, visit the company’s website at


Winter charter service 

from Taipei to Fairbanks

launched for aurora tours                                       

Taiwan-based China Airlines will launch three charter flights from Taipei to Fairbanks beginning on Dec. 4, a significant development in helping market Fairbanks as an aurora destination to the growing Greater China market. The announcement was made by Explore Fairbanks CEO and President Deb Hickok.

The three flights will be on Dec. 4, 8 and 12, and will all be direct from Taipei to Fairbanks. China Airlines will be operating A340 aircraft for the service, which have a capacity of close to 280 passengers. Charter group members will stay in Fairbanks for four nights and five days, participating in aurora-centered tour programs that are being sold by tour operators in Taiwan in partnership with local visitor industry businesses.

 “We’re thrilled to have China Airlines launch this new service to Fairbanks,” said Hickok. “Direct air access is an important component of our success as a destination, especially when working with a rapidly expanding Greater China market.”

 “Every year many people join aurora package tours in Taiwan, but most tours require connecting flights that waste much time. So we decided to plan a value-added, convenient product. China Airlines’ Aurora Express flies from Taiwan directly to Fairbanks and the flight will take just nine hours. The market has enthusiastically responded to this initiative with flights selling out in only two weeks. We are very grateful to have the chance to cooperate with Explore Fairbanks,” said Michel Lo, acting Vice President, China Airlines, Taipei.