Posted April 21, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

Sabre Reaches Deals With Delta, United

Sabre Travel Network today announced new distribution deals with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, leaving American and Continental as the only major network U.S. carriers yet to renew participation agreements with the operator of North America's largest global distribution system.

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Posted April 13, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

Worldspan, United Sign Deal

Worldspan today said it signed United Airlines to a five-year distribution agreement, marking the third such announcement by the global distribution system operator in the past two weeks. As it did when disclosing new deals with both American Airlines and Continental Airlines, Worldspan said the United arrangement will give subscribers "the opportunity" to access the carrier's "comprehensive" published fares and inventory, in conjunction with with "two new optional" programs now in development. Read More »
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Posted April 4, 2006 - New York City

Continental, Worldspan Ink Five-Year Pact

Worldspan late yesterday said it signed a five-year content distribution agreement providing system subscribers "the opportunity" to access comprehensive fares, inventory and availability from Continental Airlines. Like it did when announcing a new American Airlines deal last week, Worldspan said "two new optional products" were developed "in conjunction" with the Continental agreement, which is expected to take effect this summer.

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Posted March 30, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

Worldspan Announces AA Deal, Signals New 'Optional' Programs

Global distribution system operator Worldspan today said it signed American Airlines to a five-year distribution agreement that would provide Worldspan system subscribers an "opportunity" to access "comprehensive" published fares, inventory and availability from the world's largest carrier. The deal is scheduled to become effective Aug. 1, the same time Worldspan plans to introduce "two new optional products" developed "in conjunction" with the AA agreement.

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Posted March 23, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

Amex Sells Brazilian Card, Business Travel Ops

American Express Global Travel Services president Charles Petruccelli today claimed the company's plan to sell its Brazilian operations to a leading local bank would neither impact corporate travel clients nor materially alter Amex's global ownership strategy. Banco Bradesco S.A., based in Osasco, this week said it signed an agreement to assume the American Express "card and related operations in Brazil," including business travel.

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Posted March 20, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

'Gordo' Joins Cendant

Cendant Corp. today announced the appointment of former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune as chairman of the company's Travel Distribution Services division, effective immediately. An outspoken industry icon credited with reviving Continental during the 1990s, Bethune will stay on as non-executive chairman following

the TDS spin-off, currently slated for early fourth quarter.

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Posted February 28, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

Young Departs As IHG Reworks Distribution

InterContinental Hotels Group senior vice president of global distribution Jim Young is leaving the company today as it reorganizes oversight of all distribution channels, The Beat has learned. An IHG spokesperson said the reorganization "is part of the alignment in channel deliveries to look more horizontally across distribution."

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Posted February 16, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

TRX Profits, Furthers Call Center Exit

TRX Inc. today said its ongoing transition away from the customer care business improved margins and helped it achieve profitability in the December quarter. TRX executives today also detailed plans for completing the transition, including the “transfer” to an Indian firm of remaining U.S. call centers.

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Posted February 2, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

Sabre Secures Another Major Carrier

Sabre Travel Network and US Airways today announced a five-year full-content agreement, ending speculation around the restructured carrier's future availability through the domestic airline market's most prominent distribution system. The deal stipulates that all published fares offered by US Airways and merger partner America West Airlines, including Web fares available on its own site and through third parties, "are guaranteed to be available for all users of the Sabre global distribution syst Read More »
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Posted February 1, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

JetBlue: More Channels If The Price Is Right

Following its first full year without global distribution system participation, JetBlue Airways "will do a lot more" to appear in corporate booking tools this year, according to CEO David Neeleman.

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