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Sky Bird Travel Celebrates 40 Years with Gala Celebration

Written by  Douglas Cooke

JAX FAX recently had the honor of attending a black-tie gala celebration in honor of the 40th anniversary of Sky Bird Travel. Held at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, I joined over 100 top airline executives and other guests in celebrating a true family success in the travel industry.

Having arrived in Michigan with a degree in engineering and only the possessions that would fit in his VW bug, Arvin Shah, President, started Sky Bird Travel with a single office near Wayne State University in 1976. Over the past 40 years, Sky Bird Travel & Tours has grown to include 10 offices in the United States, as well as one office in Toronto and another in India. Still headquartered in Southfield, MI, Sky Bird is one of the leading airfare consolidators for travel agents, and has a long-standing reputation with nearly 100 major airlines. According to Shah,”Travel agents and airlines rely on us, and we rely on them. By adapting to an ever-changing world, we use both technology and personal relationships to ensure the success of our customers. We are celebrating this milestone to show our appreciation to the travel industry and the airlines that have trusted us year-after-year, decade-after-decade.”
Arvin was joined at the event by many Sky Bird employes including his son, Akshay, VP of Sales and Marketing, who also served as host of the evening’s events.
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As a side note, the Henry Ford Museum is a must see with its collections of automobiles, trains, planes, and antique clocks. It was an amazing venue for this celebration and rivals the Smithsonian as a museum. It was incredible to enjoy the lavish dinner, followed by dancing to a Motown band surrounded by these remarkable collections.

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