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Flight Centre's Equity Investments Bear Fruit In New SMB Platform

Flight Centre Travel Group's Corporate Traveler brand this week launched a new proprietary booking, travel management and mobile platform geared toward small and midsize businesses.
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Finnair Plans Booking Surcharge, NDC-Only Content On Path To Ditch EDIFACT

As part of a revamped strategy, Finnair in July 2022 will begin levying a €12 per-way surcharge on EDIFACT bookings at European points of sale and will pull its lowest-tier Light fares from such channels and pipe its "best" content to the trade solely through New Distribution Capability connections, according to the carrier.
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As Upside Winds Down, Partners Adjust And Competitors Raid

As business travel agency and booking tech provider Upside Business Travel winds down operations, its partner TravelBank has gained some new business on referral, while TripActions has seized on an erstwhile competitor's demise and Omega World Travel has migrated customers on Upside-backed tech to other booking options.
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CWT's Debt-Busting Recapitalization To See Carlson Shed Majority Stake

Saddled with $1.5 billion in debt and navigating a corporate travel recovery burdened by a stubborn pandemic, CWT CEO Michelle McKinney Frymire has made the company's capital structure a top priority since taking the helm in May.
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Lufthansa Inks Travelport To NDC Deal With 'Public' And 'Bilateral' Options

Lufthansa Group and Travelport on Tuesday announced a new distribution agreement, which, like Lufthansa's 2020 deal with Sabre, makes available through the global distribution system operator two New Distribution Capability-hooked commercial models for agencies.
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Airlines: Post-Labor Day Business Travel Surge Will Have To Wait

Executives from major U.S. airlines on Thursday addressed how a hoped-for burst in post-Labor Day business travel demand that seemed within reach this summer instead likely is delayed for several months.
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Court Grants More Time For Pivotal AA, Sabre Hearing

A Texas state court last week agreed to push back by about a month the pivotal hearing on American Airlines' temporary injunction request to block Sabre from using its New Airline Storefront display and paying "value-based" incentives to agencies for Delta Air Lines bookings.
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Direct Travel Acquires McCord, A Favored TMC Among Canada's Political Elite

Direct Travel on Thursday announced it has acquired Canada's McCord Travel Management, a high-touch, invite-only boutique travel management company well-known among Ottawa's political elite.
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JetBlue Forges U.K. TMC Ties As London Launches

JetBlue Airways this year has granted ticketing authority to more than 1,000 U.K.-based travel agents as it looks to drive sales and create brand awareness for its first transatlantic service, launched this month between New York and London.
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Flight Centre's Antidote To Long-Term Corporate Travel Impairment: Share Gains

Flight Centre Travel Group doesn't expect corporate travel to return to 2019 levels anytime soon, and it's planning accordingly. Forecasting a smaller overall pie for years to come, the Australia-based multi-brand travel agency operator remains determined to cut a bigger slice through corporate market share gains.
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