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Sabre, DOJ Call Farelogix Settlement 'Very Unlikely' As Trial Looms

The U.S. Justice Department and Sabre don't agree on much in the former's lawsuit to block the latter's acquisition of Farelogix, but the two are in accord on one thing: settling their dispute out of court is "very unlikely."
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Delta Formalizes Third-Party Display Standards, Reviews

For years, Delta Air Lines has been selective about which third parties it allows to sell its content. More recently, it's grown particular about how these entities present the carrier's products in shopping displays. To this end, Delta and joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic have codified display standards, which will be distributed to third-party sellers and whose adherence will be reviewed.
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GUEST: To Inhibit Or Enable Travelers? That Is The Question, Writes AmTrav's Fichtelberg

Everyone loves options. But over the past decade buyers have had very little variety in choosing a travel management company. The traditional TMC for decades has been offering the same online booking tool integrations, the same transaction fee pricing and the same savings-oriented analytics. The traveler is the last consideration in this model. But change is finally in the air, writes AmTrav president Craig Fichtelberg.
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Travel Managers See Growing Travel Risk

Travel Managers See Growing Travel Risk
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Amadeus 'Democratizing AI' For Travel Startups With Open APIs

Amadeus in November expanded its catalog of application programming interfaces open for outside developers to build and test new travel technologies and applications. Most notably, Amadeus opened five new machine-learning APIs, marking "the first time in the travel industry that AI capabilities are made available to startups and independent developers via open APIs," the company claimed.
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Most Travelers Want Better Travel Tech From Employers

Most Travelers Want Better Travel Tech From Employers
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Amid Abrupt C-Suite Exodus At Expedia, Egencia Sees Slight Realignment

Expedia's CEO and CFO abruptly resigned Wednesday following disagreements with Expedia's board of directors on the direction of the company. The exits of CEO Mark Okerstrom and CFO Alan Pickerill take immediate effect, as Expedia chairman Barry Diller and vice chairman Peter Kern "will jointly preside over the company's day to day operations," according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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DOT Greenlights Delta, Transatlantic JV Partners To Coordinate On Distribution

In its final approval to Delta Air Lines' transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic, the U.S. Department of Transportation last month denied a plea from an online travel agency-affiliated group to carve out distribution from the scope of antitrust immunity.
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October Hotel Occupancy Up In Middle East, Down In Americas

October Hotel Occupancy Up In Middle East, Down In Americas
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Greg O’Hara On TripActions: ‘Slick’ UI, Hefty Valuation, Not Clear It Solves 'Particular Problem'

It was inevitable Greg O'Hara would be asked about TripActions during his on-stage interview last week at the Phocuswright conference in Hollywood, Fla.
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