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Sustainability Fees Crop Up As Questions Linger On Carbon Accounting

The cost of sustainability is beginning to hit corporate travel more directly.  Air France and KLM in January initiated a Sustainable Aviation Fuel surcharge on all tickets for flights departing France and the Netherlands. It ranges from 1 euro to 12 euros, based on distance flown and class of service. Isolated reports of hotel properties…

How Two Flights To Europe May Have Spurred Spread Of New Variant

A confounding array of Covid rules and lax enforcement of mask wearing may have sent infected passengers on two KLM flights from South Africa on to “who knows where.” By Jason Horowitz, with reporting by Claire Moses, Emma Bubola and Heather Murphy. For the hundreds of passengers traveling from South Africa to Amsterdam on Friday,…

Corporate Collaboration On Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accelerates

Proponents of sustainable aviation fuels hope that momentum from corporates and governments on climate change action translates to big investments in cleaner flying. A raft of recent airline announcements points to growing attention in this area. A corporate group buying initiative launched on Tuesday. The Rocky Mountain Institute and Environmental Defense Fund created the Sustainable…

Microsoft Sustainable Aviation Fuel Purchase Is A ‘Demand Signal’ To The Industry

Carbon offsets alone won’t help airlines and their customers meet sustainability goals. Alternatives to fossil-based jet fuel hold promise, and big corporate travel spenders are getting involved. Last month, Microsoft committed to purchasing sustainable aviation fuel for employee flights on Alaska Airlines after doing the same with KLM in 2019. More need to follow to…

Big Companies Turn To Biofuel To Help Cut Business Travel Air Emissions

It seems each new week brings another announcement about plans for sustainable aviation fuel. Several European airlines recently gave customers opportunities to get involved. Microsoft in October said it joined KLM’s corporate program that funds biofuel purchases. Separately, Dutch sustainable aviation fuel company SkyNRG around the same time began engaging companies to help develop the…

Blockchain: It Takes A Village

New York — Tech thinkers from corporate travel agencies, airlines, investment firms and others gathered Wednesday for the first Blockchain In Travel Summit, hosted by JetBlue Ventures. The consensus was consensus. For blockchain to improve how travel companies work with each other, it’s all about collaboration. These are early days. Speakers here and also during…

Sabre CEO Menke Explains The Private Channel

Sabre CEO Sean Menke confirmed what many suspected. The IAG private channel option for travel agencies caught up in reworked economics between airlines and GDSs is about foregoing GDS incentives. Parent of British Airways and Iberia, IAG created “two buckets for the agency community,” Menke explained during the Wednesday Bernstein Technology Summit. He called them the “haves…

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