Journera, the travel data exchange co-founded by Jeff Katz, has taken in $9 million in Series A funding and firmed up commercial agreements with six major airlines and hotel operators, the company announced Thursday.
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.
Well-known industry veteran and The Beat Live's long-serving master of ceremonies Dave Hilfman is bound to retire at the end of the year from his post as United Airlines SVP of worldwide sales.
It's been nearly a year since Jeff Katz, BCG and several major U.S. airlines and hotels debuted a data exchange concept to facilitate personalized in-trip experiences for travelers and target merchandizing to them. Since then, Dihedral has rebranded to Journera and expanded its executive team, while engineers and data scientists built a minimum viable product. Now, Journera and partners are moving from construction to testing.
In 2013, Sabre filed heavily redacted counterclaims against US Airways alleging the airline colluded with competing carriers on dealings with global distribution systems. The claims never proceeded as part of their years-long antitrust lawsuit, which landed a verdict in the airline's favor last month.