Corporate Travel Management remains about a year away from operating fully as a single travel management company with Travel and Transport as it works through back-end system integration and client conversions. Even so, CTM managing director Jamie Pherous on Wednesday during the company's annual earnings call said "our dance card is pretty full" with other potential acquisition opportunities.
American Express Global Business Travel this week said it would continue to levy a $10 handling fee on Southwest Airlines bookings until the carrier achieves direct-level content parity and closes functionality gaps in global distribution systems.
American Airlines and Sabre are gearing up for a Sept. 17 showdown on the airline's request for a temporary injunction, which, if the carrier gets its way, could block Sabre from using its New Airline Storefront or enacting value-based incentives for Delta Air Lines sales.
American Express Global Business Travel's deal to acquire Egencia from Expedia Group is on track to close by the end of the year, now that all regulatory approvals have been satisfied and "all relevant employee consultations have been completed," Expedia CFO Eric Hart said during the company's quarterly results call on Thursday.
Sabre's global distribution system airline booking trends sequentially improved in each month of the second quarter through June, but momentum "regressed" in July as the Covid-19 delta variant spread, president and CEO Sean Menke said Tuesday during the company's quarterly results call.
Agency airline bookings via global distribution system provider Amadeus continued to recover throughout the second quarter, although a big leap forward in June appears to have flattened in July.
Fareportal this week voluntarily withdrew its federal antitrust lawsuit against JetBlue, which claimed the carrier breached a contract and skirted antitrust law by pulling out of the online travel agency operator.
For Amadeus, "this year really is about the launch of NDC and the scaling of NDC worldwide," Amadeus head of Americas travel content sourcing Robert Buckman said.
Sabre on Friday denied it breached its contract with American Airlines in its answer to the lawsuit the carrier filed late last month in Tarrant County, Texas. American's suit claimed Sabre's New Airline Storefront display and its value-based distribution arrangement with Delta Air Lines breached its contract with American and biased against the airline in displays by favoring Delta.
Southwest Airlines on July 26 will go live as a fully participating carrier in Sabre's global distribution system, finalizing its last major GDS implementation just as business travel demand rebuilds for domestic U.S. travel.