Short's Travel Management this month launched a dedicated ground transportation division that specializes in bus charters.
American Express Global Business Travel has partnered with Lyft to extend ride-booking within the GBT mobile app, to capture data for corporate clients when rides are booked either through Lyft or GBT and to push special offers to client travelers.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel plans to introduce full airline shopping and booking capabilities within its CWT To Go app later this year. BCD Travel, too, confirmed mobile "air booking in TripSource is in development." Those megas are among several travel management companies evolving their mobile wares to include further booking capabilities. If the first generation of TMC apps were informational and focused on itinerary management, the next is increasingly transactional.
United Airlines, airline settlement clearinghouse ARC, a large corporate client of United and travel blockchain entrant Blockskye have completed a proof of concept to examine reporting and settlement through a blockchain ledger for flights booked on the airline's website.
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
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.
Deem filed a lawsuit against Travelport in a U.S. district court in California this week over a disputed payment structure related to their Deem ground service agreements. The lawsuit will not immediately impact Travelport subscribers' access to Deem's ground platform, which connects ground transportation service providers with intermediaries and buyers.
Travelport president and CEO Gordon Wilson kicked off The Beat Live event this month and addressed airline control and commercial models in the context of the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard-making endeavor.