Flight Centre Business Travel adds first tech tools

Buying Business Travel | October 17, 2019

Flight Centre Business Travel (FCBT) has released a new online solution for booking and managing work trips that reflects the experience of a leisure booking platform.HelloFCBT has been developed to meet increasing demand from the company’s 2,000 SME-spend clients across the UK. Until now, customers were serviced purely offline via phone and email by local consultants at 20 offices nationwide.According to FCBT, the new digital platform complements its offline service offering, particularly for complex bookings or those clients who prefer to continue arranging travel via their dedicated consultant.

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Blockchain has been having been heralded as a transformational technology. While several use cases have been identified by airlines and airports, research is required to establish the suitability and practicalities of using blockchain to establish a ‘single source of truth’ for various data sets in use across the highly-connected air transport industry.

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Blockchain has been having been heralded as a transformational technology. While several use cases have been identified by airlines and airports, research is required to establish the suitability and practicalities of using blockchain to establish a ‘single source of truth’ for various data sets in use across the highly-connected air transport industry.

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Air Canada and United Airlines Expand Relationship to Make Transborder Travel Easier, With More Choice

Air Canada and United Airlines | July 25, 2022

Air Canada and United Airlines announced a joint business agreement for the Canada-U.S. transborder market, building on their long-standing alliance, that will give more flight options and better flight schedules to customers traveling between the two countries. Customers will be able to connect to 38 codeshare destinations in the U.S. and eight of the most popular cities in Canada — all while enjoying the benefits of the carriers' MileagePlus® and Aeroplan loyalty programs. The agreement will also strengthen and grow both carriers' networks and help accelerate their COVID-19 recovery. United is a world-class airline and we are pleased to significantly expand our well-established partnership to further enhance the customer journey between Canada and the U.S. by offering more choice, greater convenience and an improved airport experience, said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. "This agreement marks a new phase in our evolving relationship that will speed the recovery from the pandemic and strengthen both carriers. It will also enable us to optimize our hubs and schedules and to broaden our global network connectivity to maintain our leadership in the market. "With this new agreement, we are further strengthening our long-standing partnership with Air Canada, As international travel continues to recover, this expanded partnership will provide an enhanced experience for all transborder travel." -Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances at United. Customers who search for flights between the U.S. and Canada on United's or Air Canada's websites and apps will find more flight options scheduled at more convenient times. Codeshare between the two carriers will also be expanded and members of both the MileagePlus and Aeroplan programs will have more accrual and redemption options. In 2019, the U.S.-Canada transborder market was the second largest international passenger air transportation market in the world and the largest international market for both Canada and the U.S., as measured by seats. Air Canada and United already cooperate in the transborder market, according to the terms of their existing U.S. antitrust immunity. Under the joint business agreement, subject to compliance with U.S. and Canadian regulatory and antitrust requirements, the two airlines will now be able to, Coordinate their networks and schedules, enabling the carriers to offer customers more choice, including more flights throughout the day and more access to each airline's seat inventory. Enhance codeshare on transborder flights, excluding certain U.S. leisure markets and territories. The carriers anticipate customers will be able to connect to 46 transborder codeshare destinations with more than 400 daily frequencies in 2022 – with opportunities to add more codeshare destinations for domestic routes within Canada and the U.S. Sell seats on each other's transborder flights and share revenue on flights between hub markets (where regulatory authorities and antitrust requirements allow), allowing the carriers to grow their overall capacities. Align customer policies for greater consistency and enable the seamless provision of onboard products, establish airport co-locations where available and provide extra value to each carriers' frequent flyer programs. Allow the two carriers to work closer together to advance their sustainability objectives. The implementation of an expanded partnership builds on the existing close cooperation of the two carriers and previously acquired regulatory approvals. United and Air Canada are also founding members of Star Alliance and a transatlantic joint business agreement with the Lufthansa Group. About Air Canada Air Canada is Canada's largest airline, the country's flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 86 internationally. It is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax, which in 2021 gave Air Canada awards for the Best Airline Staff in North America, Best Airline Staff in Canada, Best Business Class Lounge in North America, and an excellence award for managing COVID-19. Through its leading travel loyalty Aeroplan program, Air Canada offers the ability to earn or redeem points on the world's largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada's passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. About United United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." From our U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., United operates the most comprehensive global route network among North American carriers. United is bringing back our customers' favorite destinations and adding new ones on its way to becoming the world's best airline. For more about how to join the United team, please visit www.united.com/careers and more information about the company is at www.united.com. United Airlines Holdings, Inc., the parent company of United Airlines, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

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Boom Supersonic and Ministry of Supply Launch First-Ever Supersonic Travel Capsule Collection

Boom Supersonic | July 16, 2022

Boom Supersonic, the aerospace company building the world's fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability, has announced a collaboration with Ministry of Supply, the MIT-founded apparel company that uses science to create comfortable, innovative and sustainable workleisure clothing. The exclusive capsule collection is inspired by a supersonic future where travel time is halved, sustainability is the standard, and comfort is always in style."Flying supersonic is not just a means of transportation—speed resonates with those who value productivity, treasure moments of joy, and believe in the power of science," said Gihan Amarasiriwardena, President and Co-Founder of Ministry of Supply. "We're thrilled to be able to bring this capsule to the world and inspire trips to those far-off destinations unlocked through supersonic flight." "At Boom, our mission is to make the world dramatically more accessible, Our collection with Ministry of Supply is styled to a future where we can explore the world with much greater efficiency and ease." -Bob Stohrer, Chief Marketing Officer for Boom Supersonic The Boom x Ministry of Supply Supersonic Capsule is an exclusive six-piece branded 'system' designed for those on the move. Each piece is designed to offer the ideal blend of engineering, performance, and comfort, and includes: The world's fastest blazer. Like the world's fastest and most sustainable supersonic airline, Overture, the Kinetic Blazer is engineered for efficient travel, with warp-knit, wrinkle resistant stretch fabric. Kinetic has broken two Guinness World Records for the fastest half-marathon in a suit, and is crafted by a team that specializes in carbon fiber used for aircraft fuselages. Coffee-powered socks. Atlas Crew Socks pair body-mapped cushioning with odor-absorbing, coffee-infused yarn, to maximize freshness from takeoff to touch-down. 3D Print-Knit eye mask. Moisture-wicking fabric helps to mitigate dry eyes, designed and knit in 3D to create a form-fitting, light-blocking seal around the eyes for more peaceful overnight trips. Travel blanket. Made from 100% recycled material, this blanket is perfectly sized for travel, and moisture-wicking for next-level humidity control, creating a more comfortable microclimate in flight. Weekend tote. An all-purpose tote large enough to carry the essentials, designed with tough, nylon-webbed shoulder straps for enhanced durability. Travel cup. A vacuum-insulated stainless steel mug keeps your favorite travel beverage at just the right temperature throughout your journey. The limited-edition supersonic travel capsule collection is available now at Ministry of Supply, while quantities remain. To explore the collaboration, please visit: https://www.ministryofsupply.com/all/boom-x-ministry-of-supply-supersonic-capsule About Boom Supersonic Boom Supersonic is redefining commercial air travel by bringing sustainable, supersonic flight to the skies. Boom's historic commercial airliner, Overture, is designed and committed to industry-leading standards of speed, safety, and sustainability. Overture will be net-zero carbon, capable of flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at twice the speed of today's fastest passenger jets. Overture's order book, including purchases and options, stands at 70 aircraft, and Boom is working with the United States Air Force for government applications of Overture. Named one of TIME's Best Inventions of 2021, the XB-1 demonstrator aircraft rolled out in 2020, and its carbon neutral flight test program is underway. The company is backed by world-class investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Prime Movers Lab, Emerson Collective and Amex Ventures. For more information, visit https://boomsupersonic.com. About Ministry of Supply Ministry of Supply is an MIT-founded clothing company that leverages advanced manufacturing techniques, innovative materials, and human-centered design to make clothing scientifically better and more adaptable for the modern hybrid lifestyle. For more information, visit www.ministryofsupply.com.

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Road Trip Ready: Wyndham New Mobile App Lets Travelers Plan and Book the Ultimate Summer Road Trip

Wyndham | May 24, 2022

Wyndham announced the launch of Road Trip Planner, the latest digital innovation to its award-winning mobile app. The interactive booking tool, a first-of-its-kind service from a major hospitality brand, streamlines the road trip discovery, planning, and booking process, allowing passengers to arrange their next vacation in minutes. It is The Most Convenient Way to Book & TravelSM. "With Road Trip Planner, travelers enter a few details about the trip and instantly get an itinerary with all their hotel stops, bookable in one single transaction. It not only eases the stresses of travel planning but ensures the journey is as exciting as the destination." -Jessica Davidson, senior vice president, digital, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts A Seamless Solution for Road Trippers The latest addition to Wyndham Hotels & Resorts' digital platform, Road Trip Planner, demonstrates the company's dedication to providing value to its property owners and visitors. Road Trip Planner's key features: Customer Itineraries Recommended Routes Details at Your Fingertips Pay Your Way Jessica Davidson further added, "Built upon the success and strong adoption of our mobile app, Road Trip Planner is the perfect complement to Lightning Book®, which is our Fastest Way to Book DirectSM and enables guests to reserve a hotel in just a few taps. Now, whatever your travel preferences—be it booking last minute or planning far ahead—Wyndham has you covered. Summer, here we come!" Understanding the Road Tripper Mindset Earlier this month, Wyndham partnered with Wakefield Research to commission its first-ever American Road Trip Index, which uncovered vital information concerning visitors' future road trips while tapping into pop-culture interests. Wyndham's Road Trip Planner is now accessible as part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts' award-winning mobile app. The app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Mobile check-in and checkout, innovative in-stay features, best-in-class design, personalized experiences, Wyndham Rewards® account management, gamification, and more are available through Wyndham's mobile app.

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