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Bidding War For Spirit Could Undercut Power Of Four Big Airlines

Rival bids for Spirit from Frontier and JetBlue could create an airline that presents a more formidable challenge to American, Delta, Southwest and United. By Niraj Chokshi and Lauren Hirsch. When the dust settled on a big round of airline consolidation nearly a decade ago, four large companies came to dominate the industry. A new…

U.S. Airlines Expect Higher Fares To Offset Sky-High Jet Fuel Prices

To kick off his company’s conference broadcast from New York on Tuesday, J.P Morgan airline analyst Jamie Baker mentioned “unrelentingly robust current demand trends and the success that the industry is currently having in putting higher fuel prices to customers in the form of revenue management and capacity cuts.” Executives from major U.S. carriers speaking…

Reporter’s Notebook: Announcements Timed With GBTA Convention Address Recovery, Risk, Service

The Global Business Travel Association on Wednesday welcomed back its Media Day event at the start of the annual convention. More series of presentations than press conference, the event requires presenters — companies that sponsor or exhibit at the convention and pay extra to be involved — to agree to withhold their announcements until the…

Reporter’s Notebook: Sustainability Stories

The steady stream of sustainability-related announcements this year became something of a deluge from all corners last month. It’s not only travel suppliers looking to enhance their green credibility. In growing numbers, corporate buyers and program managers appear ready to walk the walk. Click through to read about the latest corporate travel cutbacks from green-minded…

Flight Attendants’ Hellish Summer: ‘I Don’t Even Feel Like A Human’

By Tacey Rychter, social editor for the Travel section of The New York Times. As stranded Spirit Airlines travelers grew desperate at San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico during a chaotic night of cancellations on Aug. 1, banging on a gate door and yelling at staff, police officers rounded up the airline’s cabin crews to…

Amex Global Business Travel: Southwest GDS Participation Remains Incomplete, Hence Extra Client Fee

American Express Global Business Travel continues to charge clients an extra $10 for bookings made with Southwest Airlines even though the carrier expanded its participation in global distribution systems. According to the world’s largest travel management company, a substantial number of Southwest fares and related services that clients want require extra work. Officials at the…

AA-Sabre Lawsuit: Can Air Travel Comparison Shopping And Retailing Play Nice?

Sabre on Friday rejected American Airlines’ claims that the GDS operator’s new airline shopping display biases against the carrier and breaches their contract. In their court filings in Tarrant County, Texas, the parties offered contradictory commentary and argued about the nuances of their agreement. The bigger picture, though, is one of airlines and distributors at…

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