Global Business Travel Association

American Airlines: Raja ‘Not Leaving’

[UPDATE, May 28, 2024: American Airlines announced that chief commercial officer Vasu Raja will leave the company in June. Vice chair and chief strategy officer Stephen Johnson will lead the commercial organization while the company searches for Raja’s successor.] [CORRECTION: American Airlines promoted four personnel in the revenue management and loyalty department. The figure initially…

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In April, 85 percent of more than 600 buyer and supplier respondents told GBTA they “like” or “love” working in the business travel industry. “Once you’re in it, no matter how hard you try, you don’t leave,” said GBTA VP of education and engagement Jill Koronkiewicz. “You keep coming back. It’s inclusive and welcoming; there…

GBTA Poll Finds A Little NDC Progress And An Unyielding Cohort

About 34 percent of 326 travel buyers polled last month by GBTA said their companies had begun implementing NDC-enabled channels, with varying degrees of success, up from 18 percent a year earlier. But half of respondents said they had not started to implement NDC — essentially unchanged from polls in April and October last year….

Southwest Aims To Soothe A Corporate Travel Headache: Changes

Due out this spring, the Southwest Business TravelTrack service aims to mitigate a growing challenge for corporate travel programs — missing data from changed itineraries. Bookings originally made through online booking tools and global distribution systems, as supported by travel management companies, often end up getting changed directly with airlines when flights are disrupted. Those…

In Two Big Travel Management Company Accessibility Programs, No Extra Charge

Serving people with disabilities may cost more for travel management companies, but two big ones said clients won’t be asked to cover that. CWT is poised to unveil a new accessibility program. American Express Global Business Travel announced one in December. Amex GBT director of global VIP strategy Penny Clauson runs her company’s service, which…

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