Ever since the jury verdict was returned in the Sabre-US Airways antitrust trial in federal court in New York City in December, a lot of us have been mulling over the fate of GDS-prescribed full content provisions contained in most airline-GDS distribution agreements.
With roughly a month to go as Sabre's CEO, Tom Klein this week testified in the lawsuit his company is defending against US Airways. In a federal court in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, his testimony countered US Airways' characterizations of Sabre's market heft and outsize leverage with airlines.
Ovation Corporate Travel launched a new sales program and service offering to handle VIP travelers for accounts served by other travel management companies.
Ron DiLeo departed New York City-based travel agency Altour a year after he took on the role of executive vice president and chief commercial officer. He has shifted his attention to a medical application start-up he cofounded, Twin Bridge Technologies, and is reviving his consulting business, In the Black.
"The word 'millennial' has been banned from my office," American Express Global Business Travel digital traveler vice president Evan Konwiser this week told a crowd at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives conference in New York. Like Konwiser, we all have our "millennials"—words or phrases that we deride, that don't accurately describe something, that get overused or misused, that have outlived their usefulness or that have become cliché.
"Mobile is the future of our business." The statement could have been uttered by just about anyone in corporate travel, but it was BCD Travel CEO John Snyder who made the remark yesterday during a Travelport investor conference in New York City. There, he highlighted some coming enhancements for the agency's TripSource mobile application, including hotel sales and third-party itinerary capture.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines in separately issued memos to agency clients last week clarified new combinable fare rules that have rankled travel buyers and travel management companies for more than a week.
An 11-member jury found that Sabre's contract provisions ran counter to federal antitrust law and awarded US Airways, now American Airlines, $5.1 million in damages.
PricewaterhouseCoopers this week discontinued a pilot program with mobile ground transport tech platform Whisk, according to an internal memo from the firm's U.S. travel department sent to employees and obtained by The Beat