Posted April 26, 2005 - New York City

TQ3Navigant Nabs Huge Account; Will Meet With Nasdaq

TQ3Navigant has landed the Bank of America account, an analyst revealed today while speaking with Navigant International officials on a conference call about the travel management company's first-quarter earnings. The addition virtually doubles Navigant's list of very large, global customers, which also includes Lockheed Martin Corp. Read More »
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Posted April 26, 2005 - New York City

Yield Down At Galileo As Cendant Integrates Orbitz, Other Buys

Traditional agency transactions at Cendant's Travel Distribution Services segment fell by 3 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period in 2004, but Cendant blamed a 2.7 percent fall in Galileo global distribution system revenues primarily on 'a decline in global GDS yield.' Read More »
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Posted April 25, 2005 - New York City

BTI: 'Business As Usual' At BTI

The owners of Business Travel International early this week will issue a joint statement to clients reaffirming their mutual commitment to the organization, following contrary speculation last week after BTI half-owner Hogg Robinson acquired Sea Gate Travel in New York. Read More »
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Posted April 21, 2005 - Bangkok

Southwest To 'Ding' Corporate Travelers; Swabiz Growth Slows

Southwest Airlines interactive marketing vice president Kevin Krone today said the airline's DING! product 'has great appeal for the corporate traveler. We're going to figure out a way to get the product into the corporate traveler's hands.' DING! is a downloadable, Windows-based desktop application that offers flight status, online check-in and fare offers pushed to users. Read More »
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Posted April 21, 2005 - Bangkok

Paperless By '07: Flight Of Fancy Despite E-tix Growth?

Airlines are making progress toward the International Air Transport Association's goal of 100 percent electronic ticketing by the end of 2007, but a skeptical audience at the Universal Air Travel Plan's Airline Distribution 2005 conference here showed that the paperless goal is merely that. Read More »
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Posted April 20, 2005 - Bangkok

Hogg Buys U.S. Agency, Keeps It Out Of BTI

Days after the announced divestiture of its non-travel assets, Britain's Hogg Robinson on Tuesday said it acquired New York City-based Sea Gate Travel Group, one America's largest national travel management companies. Read More »
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Posted April 20, 2005 - Bangkok

Star To Summon Members For GNE Talk

The nearly eight year-old Star Alliance next month will hold an alliance-wide implementation workshop in which it will establish a plan for working with global distribution system new entrants, according to Star Alliance commercial vice president Horst Findeisen. The meeting is part of a shift in which cost reduction has become a primary purpose of the alliance, he said. Read More »
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Posted April 16, 2005 - Bangkok

United Loses 'GNE' Guy To ITA Amid Distribution Slashing

United Airlines this week stated that it intends by 2007 to shave $100 million from its budget for 'global distribution system, GDS-like and similar transaction fees, commissions and incentives,' according to a spokesperson. But the carrier will continue that program without the services of distribution strategy director Derek Lewitton, whose last day at the airline is April 15. Read More »
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Posted April 14, 2005 - Shanghai

After Sale, Hogg Robinson To Enhance Travel Focus

Possibly helping spark a change in the ownership structure of mega travel management company Business Travel International, BTI half-owner and British corporate services company Hogg Robinson yesterday said it signed an agreement for the sale of its non-travel assets. Read More »
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Posted April 14, 2005 - Shanghai

Partners In China: Amex, TravelSky Launch Online Tool With Motorola

American Express and Chinese global distribution system provider TravelSky today signed a three-year partnership in advance of new GDS entry in China, and the pair announced a new corporate online booking solution for China-based business travelers. Read More »
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