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DOT Grants ASTA, GBTA And Travel Tech More Time To Scrutinize IATA Resolutions

The U.S. Department of Transportation extended its review period for a batch of resolutions that the International Air Transport Association filed last month. The decision came at the urging of the American Society of Travel Advisors, the Global Business Travel Association and The Travel Technology Association, which asked for more time to review a few IATA-approved resolutions, including one related to the One Order standard.

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Topaz International, Nina & Pinta And GoldSpring Offshoot Align Under Umbrella Org

Travel auditing firm Topaz International, travel management consultancy Nina & Pinta and travel marketing and communications outfit Dots & Lines are joining together under the Nina & Pinta Group umbrella.

FAA Bill Spares TMCs From New Customer Service Requirements

The U.S. House and Senate in recent days reached a bipartisan, final agreement on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to fund the Federal Aviation Administration for five years and set forth a variety of provisions on airport infrastructure, airline safety and even airplane seat sizes. There is some relief for corporate travel agencies buried in the bill, which is widely expected to go into law.

Airline Analyst Calls Agency Commission Growth 'Alarming'

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.

DOT Withdraws Bag Fee Disclosure Rulemaking

As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Transportation this week officially withdrew a proposed rulemaking that would have required airlines and ticket agents to disclose at all points of sale itinerary-specific details on applicable fees for up to two checked bags and carry-on luggage.

Airlines Seize On DOT's Opening To Review And Repeal Regulations

The U.S. Department of Transportation this month closed a comment period that asked anyone in the public to flag regulations or other department actions that are ripe for review or repeal.

Heeding Trump's Drive To Deregulate, DOT Asks Public Which Regulations To Axe

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking public comments "on existing rules and other agency actions that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension or modification," according to a notice in the Federal Register last month.

BEAT SHEET: Corporate Travel Outlook; Sabre's Court Costs; DOT Rule Backlash; Radius Activity

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers.

Second Circuit To Hear Sabre, American Appeals On US Airways Suit Next Month

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.