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Buyers, TMC Execs Await Improved American Airlines Deals

Two pillars of American Airlines’ Fall 2022 to Spring 2024 sales strategy were that it needed corporate travel volume less than before and that when corporates got discounts, they often failed to deliver the commensurate market share. The carrier found the first to be false. On the second, it will be hard-pressed to repair itself…

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…

AA Follows UA To ARC’s Corporate Contracting Tool As Sabre Upgrades Prism

Washington, D.C. — American Airlines agreed to use the ARC Corporate Intelligence tool for contract management. ARC CI launched with United Airlines in 2020 as an alternative to the market-leading Prism platform, owned by Sabre. An AA official did not comment on whether the airline would continue using Prism. AA signed on in December 2023,…

The Future Of Airline Contracting: Engagement And Marketing Edge Out Discounts

What airlines want from their corporate customers and what they’re willing to give in return is changing. For many U.S. accounts, the request for proposals process and resulting contracts look very different than they did five years ago, especially for American and United clients. Airline corporate discounts are getting downsized or eliminated, and carriers want…

Dispatch 10

As American Airlines all but dismantles corporate sales, airline industry pundits scrutinized AA’s latest arguments about going small and emphasizing competitiveness via network and loyalty. The strategy illustrates diversification among big airlines that adds to these challenging times for corporate travel buyers. Chief commercial officer Vasu Raja on March 4 told Wall Street analysts that…

Notebook: Government Travel Pros Treated To Latest On Innovation, Sustainability

Alexandria, Va. – Amid a federal government solicitation process putting the management of upwards of $4 billion in annual travel spending up for grabs, the National Defense Transportation Association’s GovTravels conference attracted a record 1,100 attendees here last month.  The U.S. General Services Administration has begun collecting information from interested travel and expense tech vendors…

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