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Air Canada Grew Business Cabin Revenues in Q4

Business Travel News (BTN) 15 February 2019
Air Canada's passenger revenue increased 11.3 percent year over year in the fourth quarter to 3.8 billion Canadian dollars, including a 12.5 percent increase in business cabin revenue.

UATP Rolls Out Virtual Cards with Conferma

Business Travel News (BTN) 15 February 2019
UATP has launched a virtual card issuance and delivery platform powered by Conferma Pay. Integrated directly at point of sale in all major global distribution systems, more than 100 booking tools and 500 travel management companies, the service is aimed at delivering more secure airline payments through UATP and superior reconciliation of booking and payment data, the companies said.

Fred Reid Will Develop Airbnb Transportation Strategy

Business Travel News (BTN) 8 February 2019
Airbnb has hired air industry vet Fred Reid as global head of transportation, though the hospitality platform remains vague as to its intentions for the industry. Reid will "focus on building partnerships and services that make travel seamless," according to Airbnb, though co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky said the company has not decided exactly what path it is taking. It does not, however, plan to build its own airline or to build "just another place on the internet where you can buy a plane ticket," he said.

Delta Puts New Narrowbody Aircraft into Service

Business Travel News (BTN) 7 February 2019
On Thursday, Delta began its first service on its new Airbus A220-100 aircraft with flights between New York's LaGuardia Airport and each Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Boston. Delta has configured the aircraft with 12 First Class seats, 15 Delta Comfort Plus seats and 82 Main Cabin seats, and seating is wider than Delta's other narrowbody aircraft.

Uber Topped Business Expense Tally Again in 2018

Business Travel News (BTN) 7 February 2019
Uber was the most-expensed brand for North American businesses in 2018, according to Certify, marking the third consecutive year the ridehailing giant has taken the top spot in the expense provider's SpendSmart Year in Review report.

GDSs Will Provide Private Channel to Bypass Upcoming Qantas Booking Surcharge

Business Travel News (BTN) 7 February 2019
Qantas has reached agreements with the major global distribution systems to provide bookings through its Qantas Channel, which will provide a workaround for a $12.50 per-segment GDS booking surcharge Qantas plans for later this year.

Sifting Through the European Airline Demises

Business Travel News (BTN) 28 November 2018
The graveyard of European airlines has become a bit fuller recently, and analysts said more are likely to fall amid consolidation and higher fuel costs.

IBM's Data-Forward Travel Program

Business Travel News (BTN) 28 November 2018
About three years ago, IBM's travel program stopped to look around and ask itself some big questions. Namely, what did it need to do to lead IBM travel into the future? What would the future even look like? An answer to the latter question wasn't clear, but IBM global category leader of T&E Shawn Busby said it was plain to see that the future centered around what IBM did with its travel data.

Wex Enters Japan

Business Travel News (BTN) 5 November 2018
Wex Inc. is making its first foray into Japan. It will issue virtual payment cards for Japanese payment network JCB. Set to launch in the second half of 2019, the partnership makes Wex JCB’s first issuer of virtual cards.

Delta Enters Bidding for Alitalia

Business Travel News (BTN) 2 November 2018
Delta has emerged among the latest round of bidders for Alitalia, and low-cost carrier EasyJet also remains interested in the Italian carrier, according to Bloomberg. Italian state-owned railroad company Ferrovie dello Stato has made an offer, as well.

Travel & Corporate Solutions Continues Driving Strong Growth for Wex

Business Travel News (BTN) 1 November 2018
Wex Inc.'s travel and corporate solutions revenue surged 36 percent year over year during the third quarter to $82.8 million. The segment's performance helped revenue jump 18 percent to $382.7 million, marking Wex's ninth straight quarter of double-digit revenue growth.

Uber Adds Uber Eats to Business Platform

Business Travel News (BTN) 1 November 2018
Uber has launched a business management offering for its Uber Eats food delivery service as part of the Uber for Business platform. Uber Eats, a separate app that provides delivery service from participating restaurants, launched in 2014.

Air France-KLM Q2 Revenue Rises

Business Travel News (BTN) 31 October 2018
Air France-KLM revenue increased 5.1 percent year over year to 6.43 billion euros in the third quarter as the carrier resolved labor disputes that have hindered its performance significantly.

Uber Turns Key on Rydoo Integration

Business Travel News (BTN) 30 October 2018
T&E platform Rydoo can automatically populate Uber for Business receipts into Rydoo's expense app. Employees then can submit those expenses with a single click. In August, Uber for Business announced its intention to integrate with Rydoo, along with Expensya, Happay, Zeno by Serko and Zoho Expense.

Omega World Travel Releases Mobile App & Alexa Data Analytics Capability

Business Travel News (BTN) 26 October 2018
Omega World Travel has released a mobile app for traveler use called Omega Go. The app links out to the apps for online booking tools SAP Concur Travel, Amadeus Cytric Travel & Expense and Sabre GetThere. The travel management company also can connect to other mobile-friendly OBTs. The app also can be customized to include a client's logo and include agency contact information specific to that client, said Omega VP of IT and data analytics Nadim Hajje.

Fuel Cost Increases Offset American Airlines' Q3 Corporate Revenue Growth

Business Travel News (BTN) 25 October 2018
Strong corporate travel demand helped propel American Airlines to record third-quarter revenue this year, though higher fuel prices ate up those gains.

Hilton CEO Speaks to Corporate Sentiment & Rate Negotiations

Business Travel News (BTN) 25 October 2018
Hilton president and CEO Christopher Nassetta pegged 2019 corporate rate increases in the 2 percent to 3 percent range during the company's third-quarter earnings call. Last year, Hilton projected rates to end the year between 1 percent and 3 percent higher than in 2016, and the actual increase landed on the modest end of that range, close to 1 percent. However, the outlook is improving and business travel is looking strong for next year, based on "the latest and greatest update" Nassetta received from Hilton's corporate sales team this week.

Travel and Transport Assumes Full Ownership of Radius Travel

Business Travel News (BTN) 22 October 2018
Travel management company Travel and Transport has fully acquired global travel agency network Radius Travel, having completed the process over the past few years of buying out the network's other two owners. As Radius Travel president and CEO Shannon Hyland moves to his new title of SVP of global services for Travel and Transport, he said it "first and foremost will be business as usual."

United Will Realign Premium Codes This Weekend

Business Travel News (BTN) 18 October 2018
This weekend, United Airlines will realign some of its premium booking codes, partly in preparation of the launch of its Premium Plus premium economy cabin.

Event Tech Company Raises $6.3 Million

Business Travel News (BTN) 16 October 2018
Event management technology provider Hubb has raised $6.3 million in a Series B funding round led by Five Elms Capital.

Virgin Atlantic Launches First Flight with 'Recycled' Fuel

Business Travel News (BTN) 4 October 2018
Virgin Atlantic on Tuesday had its first flight using a sustainable fuel. It hopes its partner LanzaTech eventually will produce enough fuel that all the carrier's outbound flights from the U.K. will run on a 50-50 mix of sustainable and traditional fuel.

Nexonia Launches Corporate Travel Booking Tool

Business Travel News (BTN) 25 September 2018
Expense manager Nexonia has stamped its ticket into the travel booking space with the launch of the Nexonia Travel platform. The first significant product since Nexonia merged with Certify in June 2017, Nexonia Travel marks a major step in the combined company's efforts to serve larger corporate clients and challenge Concur's dominance in the T&E management market.

Will Embedded SIM Cards Relieve Corporate Travel Roaming Charges?

Business Travel News (BTN) 21 September 2018
A feature in the iPhones that Apple unveiled this month could drastically reduce high international mobile roaming charges, a major hidden cost of business travel. The Apple XS, XS Max and XR phones include embedded subscriber identification modules, or eSIMs. Price per minute of talk time on foreign trips typically is measured in dollars rather than cents, but an eSIM allows the user to download a local calling plan when he or she arrives.

DHS Steps Up Real ID Education Efforts

Business Travel News (BTN) 20 September 2018
As another deadline for state Real ID compliance creeps closer, Department of Homeland Security officials are hoping travelers and traveler buyers start paying more attention to the "real" deadline looming just a bit farther in the distance.

Tortorich Pioneers Concepts & Products & Advises New Entrants

Business Travel News (BTN) 14 September 2018
Discovery Inc. global travel services VP Yukari Tortorich is in a good spot. Her company awards her for taking risks with her travel program. "Not everything is successful," she said. "But my innovation performance is measured on how well I try new things, not on whether we keep everything. It would be hard to take risks in a different kind of environment."

Amaral Leverages Virtual Cards to Reduce Risk & Save Tax Dollars

Business Travel News (BTN) 14 September 2018
"It started in 2014 when we were looking at a way to relieve the pain that many departments were feeling around reconciliation of the hotel direct bill process," said state of California business partnership and travel manager Bill Amaral. "We were in the middle of a procurement for travel payment, and virtual card rose to the top as a solution."

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