United Airlines during its quarterly earnings call last week reported double-digit-percentage growth in corporate revenue on a year-over-year basis. With revenue come selling and distribution costs, and Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay seized on one of them: the "alarming" growth in commissions paid to travel management companies.
To better manage the waiver onslaught, several travel management companies, including Fox World Travel and Gant Travel, have adopted FlightGlobal's Travel Waiver Services to push airline waiver information directly to frontline agents.
Sabre will sunset Prism Group's Avion travel management software product at the end of the year.
Sabre has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Farelogix for $360 million.
Instead of creating standalone portals for airlines to support business booking and rewards, NuTravel's Universal Connect product lets carriers deliver business program perks and travel management features—from preferred rates to policy—through their consumer dotcom sites.
The European Commission on Friday announced it has opened an investigation into Amadeus and Sabre to explore whether the agreements each has with airlines and travel agencies "restrict competition in breach of E.U. antitrust rules."
American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner will leave the airline. The carrier has not named a replacement, but Garner "will remain with American until the end of the year to assist in the transition," according to an official.
When American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner in July revealed plans to retire from the airline at the end of the year, he noted: "I’m sure you haven’t heard the last from me." Indeed, we haven't. Garner has reversed his decision to take a voluntary package from the airline. Instead, he has chosen to remain in his current role.