American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Flight Centre Travel Group have committed to work with Sabre to pilot "end-to-end" distribution capabilities that align with the New Distribution Capability standard. Sabre on Tuesday also named American Airlines as the first carrier to participate in tests.
The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 13 will hear arguments from Sabre and American Airlines on their respective appeals of various rulings and decisions in the antitrust case, initially filed by US Airways in 2011, that a jury decided two years ago, according to a scheduling notice this week.
American Airlines plans to test negotiated corporate bundles this year with clients of travel management companies that connect to the airline through an International Air Transport Association New Distribution Capability connection.
A group of 15 travel management companies, including American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Egencia, signed an open letter in response to travel buyers who had urged the industry "to do more" to advance the New Distribution Capability standard and account for buyer needs.
American Express Global Business Travel expects to complete its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group on July 19 after European Union regulators cleared the deal on Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court today decided that provisions in American Express' contracts that prevent its card-accepting merchants from steering consumers to cheaper forms of payment do not violate antitrust law.
American Express Global Business Travel today is announcing a commercial deal with Lola to fill a product gap in the mega travel management company's product portfolio for small and midsize companies that have less complexity than typical Amex GBT clients. Lola, meanwhile, gains a large ally to boost adoption of its technology for travelers and travel program administrators in the lightly managed corporate travel sector.
Cindy Allen will leave American Express Global Business Travel less than half a year after she took on the role of chief marketing officer.
Sabre welcomed Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on American Express' merchant provisions. The majority opinion "vindicates" Sabre in an antitrust contract claim it lost against US Airways and in its ongoing appeal, the global distribution system operator stated.