airfare

AA Plans ‘Adjustments’ As Numbers Suggest Significant Relative Weakness

If you take airline execs at their word, American’s first-quarter “managed” corporate revenue grew far more slowly than Delta’s and United’s. Growth in managed travel drew outsized attention in the most recent airline earnings season, partly because observers wanted evidence for the success or failure of AA’s dramatic changes to corporate sales and distribution. But…

Notebook: Two Buyers Say Policies Fail In The Face Of Distribution Fragmentation

Regardless of the allure, direct bookings with suppliers are out of bounds for most employee groups at two companies represented on a March 6 webinar hosted by Cerebri AI. Both firms mandate that bookings go through their designated travel management companies via counselors or the SAP Concur Travel booking tool. According to their travel managers,…

Exogenous Factors Stymie Big Three Airline Competition

Major carriers face ongoing pilot shortages, air traffic control deficiencies, aircraft supply chain and engine troubles, and softer domestic demand. Where they are adding capacity, it’s in their strength markets, primarily with bigger planes and denser seat configurations. Southwest’s growth in major markets notwithstanding, the big carriers are staying out of each other’s way. American,…

RTX Takes On The Challenge Of Shifting From American Airlines

RTX, the $67 billion multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate, mainly uses American Airlines. It’s been … difficult. RTX associate director for travel Colleen Kearney at the GBTA convention last month said the company was “actively managing against what’s happening in the industry,” but that’s “not easy, by any means.” “By far” RTX’s largest airline, AA…

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