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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.

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Government Travel Providers Feel The Shutdown's Pinch

In total, the U.S. federal government is the largest buyer of travel in the world. And so, when a portion of the government goes unfunded and hundreds of thousands of civilian employees are furloughed or working without pay, a negative impact on suppliers and intermediaries that serve federal travel programs is expected.

Lumo Sees TMC Interest, Use Cases For Flight-Disruption Predictions

With new funding, a few recent hires and a name change, Lumo, formerly Flightsayer, is drumming up interest among travel management companies for its data service that predicts flight delays before they occur.

FAA Should Not Consider Airlines Or Passengers Its Customer

Business Travel Coalition (BTC) and FlyersRights.org today applauded FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt’s decision to require FAA staff to cease referring to airlines customers of the agency, long a concern of travel organizations. The dysfunction caused by this misguided notion of airlines-as-customer is deeply rooted in FAA culture; the Customer Service Initiative was merely one manifestation. Bloomberg News reported yesterday: “FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, who has been in his job for less th
2009 FAA Bill - NextGen

2009 FAA Bill - NextGen

Yesterday this bill moved up the proposed date for NextGen being fully implemented from 2025 to 2018 at an estimated cost of $40,500,000,000 (it looks bigger if you show it in purely numbers) or about $133 per every single person in the US. This is just for funding in 2010 and 2011. That is about 12 times Garmin's annual revenues (I'm not advocating a BUY here... just having fun with the numbers, but I got in at $23.65) ...

NextGen: Who Knows When?

Many National Business Travel Association convention attendees cut out on the morning of the last day to avoid overbooked fights and delays, but I tend to stick around for the final education sessions. Along with a few stragglers, I attended the Federal Aviation Administration panel discussion last Wednesday hoping to gain a bit more clarity or information on the next-generation air traffic control system (NextGen), or to learn something new. Thirty-four slides later, I hadn't.

US Airways: Some, Not All Fees To Be Disclosed At Point Of Sale

US Airways executives this week during the carrier's annual media day in Phoenix fielded a question on language in the Senate version of the FAA Reauthorization bill which deals with required fee disclosures.

FAA Out Of GAO's Doghouse, DHS And DOD Still In

The Federal Aviation Administration's efforts toward air traffic control modernization finally are on the right track, at least according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. But the U.S. departments of Homeland Security and Defense still have much work to do.

AirTran To Adopt Southwest Sales, Distribution Models In Coming Years

Southwest Airlines in September took over corporate sales functions from AirTran, but it could take years for the company to fully incorporate both carriers into preferred corporate airline agreements, a Southwest official said last week.