TravelPerk launches carbon impact reporting and offsetting

PhocusWire | March 04, 2020

In what it calls the first step in an effort to become a “sustainable travel agent,” Barcelona-based business travel platform TravelPerk is launching a new solution, GreenPerk. Employees of TravelPerks’ 3,500 business customers – including companies such as GetYourGuide, Transferwise and Farfetch - will now see data about the carbon footprint of their flights, hotel stays and ground transportation options as they are making booking decisions in the platform. Travel managers at those companies will then have the option to offset that impact for a fee of about €27 for every ton of CO2 emitted, which TravelPerk says equates to about 4% of the cost of a business trip. That money, minus a small fee TravelPerk will keep to cover administrative costs, will go to Atmosfair, a non-profit that works with local partners that provide United Nations-endorsed carbon mitigation projects.

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eDreams ODIGEO delivers greater personalization for travelers with new AI-powered technology

eDreams | February 18, 2022

eDreams ODIGEO, one of the world's largest online travel companies and the second-largest in terms of flights globally, announced that it has achieved greater personalization for travelers following the deployment of a new iteration of the AI technology that powers its travel search engine. As a result, almost three-quarters of users (72%) with a previous search made, now order the first recommended travel option provided to them via search. This represents an increase of +17% since the technology was introduced at the end of last year. The Company's unique travel search engine is supported by a set of algorithms that make predictions on the travel proposals that better meet each traveler, considering the user's previous selections together with dozens of additional criteria and data points as well as aggregated data from 1.7 billion monthly searches from users. Providing truly personalized travel experiences is a key priority for the business as it strongly enhances the customer experience, making it easier and faster for travelers to book the travel option that is most convenient and tailored to their individual needs and preferences, which ultimately means cost, effort and time savings for travelers. The accuracy of this technology reduces the need for users to manually use filters, spend time browsing, comparing and building different itineraries on their own, as the platform makes all the necessary combinations and calculations on their behalf, and in a matter of seconds. The personalization of the booking funnel also brings advantages to the business. When given personalized and tailored-made travel propositions, users are more likely to complete their bookings after making a search on the platform, translating more searches into bookings. The business has seen a growth in conversion rates following the implementation of this enhanced AI solution. "MBL is transforming the way we do business by enabling us to offer a better shopping experience and personalized itineraries for our customers. Over the past five years, we have invested heavily in developing proprietary technology to industrialise data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence across our organization, and we are excited to see such positive results in improving the traveler experience. With this latest enhancement, we offer our customers unique tools that dramatically improve their ability to search and book for the most convenient travel products. -Christoph Dieterle, Chief Product and Retail Officer Our ambition is to go above and beyond to continue being a leader in the application of Machine Learning and AI at scale in the travel sector, driving continuous innovation and serving as a lighthouse for the wider industry. As a technology company and the second-largest flight retailer in the world, we leverage our unrivalled data to create superior itineraries and offers for the 17 million travelers that book with us every year. About eDreams ODIGEO eDreams ODIGEO is one of the world's largest online travel companies and one of the largest e-commerce businesses in Europe. Under its four leading online travel agency brands – eDreams, GO Voyages, Opodo, Travellink, and the metasearch engine Liligo – it serves more than 17 million customers per year across 45 markets. Listed on the Spanish Stock Market, eDreams ODIGEO works with over 660 airlines. The business conceptualised Prime, the first subscription product in the travel sector which has topped 2 million members since launching in 2017. The brand offers the best quality products in regular flights, low-cost airlines, hotels, dynamic packages, cruises, car rental and travel insurance to make travel easier, more accessible, and better value for consumers across the globe.

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JetBlue Introduces ‘Sustainable Travel Partners’ Program Empowering Corporate Customers to Enhance the Sustainability of their Business Travel

JetBlue Airways | January 06, 2022

JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced the launch of its “JetBlue Sustainable Travel Partners” program, and its inaugural customers, Biogen, Deloitte, ICF, and Salesforce, a suite of offerings to help corporate travel customers reduce their business travel emissions and meet their own corporate sustainability targets. In keeping with JetBlue’s customer focus, the airline is approaching sustainable travel as a partnership by providing its corporate travelers with personalized data and resources to help them enhance the sustainability of their travel. JetBlue has a long history of taking meaningful and measurable steps in reducing aviation’s contribution to climate change and is now inviting its corporate partners to join in this mission.he Sustainable Travel Partners program offers corporate partners the following resources: Business travel emissions reduction through the offering of JetBlue generated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) certificates Complimentary carbon offsetting on all domestic flights operated by JetBlue Personalized travel data and analysis for more accurate emissions reporting Consultation and tools for custom planning and target-setting to support in making more sustainable travel decisions JetBlue Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Certificates SAF is a synthetic jet fuel produced from renewable biological resources that can be replenished rapidly and without impacting food supply. Compared to traditional petroleum-based Jet-A fuel, SAF can emit up to 80 percent less CO2 over its lifecycle when used in neat form and reduces air pollutants such as particulate matter and sulfur oxides. SAF drops into existing engines and infrastructure and is ASTM certified when blended up to 50-50 with fossil Jet-A fuel. With more than a 10 year track record of safe use in aircraft, SAF is recognized as the most promising solution to mitigate air transport emissions currently available. JetBlue has been flying regularly on SAF as a component of its fuel supply from its partners Neste out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) since July 2020 and World Energy (SAF producer) and World Fuel Services (logistics supplier) out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) since July 2021. JetBlue recently shared industry-leading plans to speed up its transition to SAF with a deal with its partner SG Preston that will bring 67 million gallons of blended SAF a year to the Northeast over 10 years. Following this agreement, JetBlue leads the airline industry in committed SAF off-take based on a percentage of total fuel at roughly 8% and is on track to meet its goal of converting 10% of its total fuel use to SAF years ahead of its 2030 target. Through the purchase of SAF certificates, JetBlue customers now have the ability to directly and meaningfully reduce their business travel emissions. Business travel emissions, categorized as “Scope 3” emissions, are indirect emissions customers are not directly responsible for but that exist within the value chain, such as those produced through corporate travel. By purchasing SAF certificates, our corporate customers may reduce their reported carbon footprint, while helping cover the cost premium of SAF that exists today - thereby growing the share of SAF JetBlue is able to source while helping stimulate the emerging SAF market that is critical for the aviation industry to reach its net zero goals. Through the Sustainable Travel Partners program, our partners are helping source roughly 325,000 gallons of SAF, helping reduce 2,730 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Complimentary Domestic Carbon Offsetting In July 2020, JetBlue became the first US airline to voluntarily offset the CO2 emissions from jet fuel for all its domestic flights. All of JetBlue’s purchased carbon offsets are audited, verified and retired on the airline’s behalf from its three expert carbon offsetting partners Carbonfund.org, EcoAct, and South Pole. As part of its offsetting portfolio, JetBlue selects projects around the globe focused on forestry, landfill gas capture, solar, and wind projects that reduce or avoid CO2 emissions. As Sustainable Travel Partners, JetBlue’s customers can benefit from enhanced reporting on our complimentary carbon offsets, as well as review opportunities to expand offsetting utilizing JetBlue’s offsetting expertise and business partners. Emissions Travel Data and Analysis Historically, business travelers have not had the ability to estimate their air travel emissions in a personalized, accurate, or granular way. Through the Sustainable Travel Partners program, JetBlue is saving partners the effort of inaccurate guesswork by offering emissions reporting based on travelers’ actual flying and JetBlue’s average actual fuel burn on those routes. JetBlue’s intent is to provide our partners with more accurate emissions reporting by sharing actual operational data, as well as incorporating the airline’s own emissions reduction initiatives into emissions reporting. JetBlue is also working to include travel emissions data into Salesforce’s Net Zero Cloud with hopes of making this available to the airline’s Sustainable Travel Partners. For corporate customers who purchase SAF certificates, JetBlue will also provide emissions reporting highlighting the estimated emissions reduction associated with the SAF. Sustainable Tools and Consultation JetBlue Sustainability and Corporate Sales representatives have developed guidance and are available for personalized conversations to help JetBlue’s business customers develop strategies to reduce their emissions associated with their organization’s business travel. This includes helping set emissions reduction targets associated with their business travel and recommending actions to promote more sustainable travel decisions to achieve these goals. “As our business customers return to the skies, they increasingly have been asking for our support in meeting their net zero and sustainable travel goals,JetBlue has extensive expertise in decarbonizing air travel thanks to our early and leading commitments and supply agreements. We’re now extending these options to our corporate customers so that, for the first time, they can play a direct role in enhancing the sustainability of their air travel when flying with JetBlue. We’re proud to introduce the Sustainable Travel Partners program to help our business customers set and achieve their sustainable travel targets.” -Sara Bogdan, director of sustainability and environmental social governance, JetBlue. Partner Quotes Climate action is essential for human and planetary wellbeing,” says Alphonse Galdes, Ph.D., Head of Pharmaceutical Operations and Technology at Biogen. “Yet, if we hope to make a substantive impact in this area, we all must come together – across industries – to re-examine the way we work, the way we live and the way we consume energy. By becoming an inaugural member of JetBlue's Sustainable Travel Partner Program, we at Biogen are proud to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and their associated impacts, as well as utilize more accurate data to inform travel decisions in the future. “Deloitte is committed to driving responsible climate choices, By coming together with JetBlue, we are another step closer to reducing our travel emissions and achieving a more sustainable future.” -Scott Corwin, Managing Director and US Leader for Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte LLP As the first professional services firm in the world to reach carbon neutral status in 2006, sustainability is part of our company’s DNA,” said ICF President, Chair and CEO John Wasson. “As we continue to pursue our own ambitious carbon reduction targets, we’re thrilled to partner with JetBlue to help other companies achieve their sustainability targets, too. We are proud to join JetBlue's Sustainable Travel Partners program to help accelerate the aviation industry's journey to net zero," said Patrick Flynn, VP and Global Head of Sustainability at Salesforce. "The urgency of this climate emergency means we need all-of-the-above strategies. For us that includes helping incentivize emerging clean technologies like Sustainable Aviation Fuels and working with partners like the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance to lower barriers to scale and cost reduction. JetBlue’s Decarbonization Strategy JetBlue is taking bold steps to address its emissions and reduce its contribution to climate change. In 2020, JetBlue became the first US airline to voluntarily offset CO2 emissions on all its domestic flights. To date, the airline has offset more than 6 million metric tons of CO2. Upon launching this initiative, JetBlue has been very transparent that it views carbon offsetting as a short-term solution while the industry builds up lower-carbon solutions. The airline has therefore been very aggressive in growing solutions that have a more direct reduction in air travel emissions, such as making large commitments to the purchase of SAF. JetBlue recently shared plans to speed up its transition to SAF with a deal that will bring 67 million gallons of SAF a year to the Northeast over 10 years, putting the airline well ahead of pace to reach its target to convert 10 percent of its total fuel usage to SAF on a blended basis by 2030. While JetBlue views SAF and carbon offsetting as promising solutions in addressing aircraft emissions, these are just two pieces of JetBlue’s larger decarbonization strategy, which currently also includes aircraft efficiency, fuel optimization, electric ground operations and technology partnerships. Industry Collaboration The Sustainable Travel Partners Program represents the next step as JetBlue collaboratively works with its many partners to accelerate solutions to decarbonize aviation. In November, JetBlue announced it had joined Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA), a joint initiative with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and a forward-looking group of corporate travelers and U.S. airlines to help drive investment in high-integrity SAF. In October, JetBlue joined as a launch member of the Aviation Climate Taskforce, a new non-profit organization founded to accelerate breakthroughs in emerging technologies to decarbonize aviation, alongside 9 other global airlines and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). JetBlue’s Focus on the Environment JetBlue depends on natural resources and a healthy environment to keep its business running smoothly. Natural resources are essential for the airline to fly, and tourism relies on having beautiful, natural and preserved destinations for customers to visit. The airline focuses on issues that have the potential to impact its business. Customers, crewmembers and community are key to JetBlue's sustainability strategy. Demand from these groups for responsible service is one of the motivations behind changes that help reduce the airline’s carbon output and overall environmental impact. For more on JetBlue’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.jetblue.com/sustainability. About JetBlue Airways JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, and between New York and London. For more information, visit jetblue.com.To join JetBlue’s Sustainable Travel Partner program, visit https://www.jetblue.com/sustainability/sustainable-travel-partners.For more information on JetBlue’s sustainability and ESG strategy, read the 2019-2020 ESG Report which can be found here.

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Singapore and Hong Kong will Open a Travel Bubble Next Month

Air Travel Bubble | April 27, 2021

Singapore and Hong Kong are outfitting to open a movement bubble. The two urban areas intend to dispatch their isolated free travel bubble from May 26, permitting voyagers to travel between the two with few limitations. The Air Travel Bubble (ATB) as it's been named will dispatch in late May with an end goal to help the drained travel industry ventures in the two urban areas. Voyagers will be needed to be completely inoculated and step through an exam within three days of takeoff and again on appearance. At the point when the ATB dispatches in May, only one flight each day will work for the initial fourteen days between Singapore (SIN) and Hong Kong (HKG), conveying a limit of 200 travelers each day. Qualified voyagers more likely than not went through the previous 14 days in Singapore or Hong Kong. The movement bubble between the two urban communities was initially set to dispatch in November 2020, notwithstanding, was deferred due to a spike in cases in Hong Kong. Specialists have said that if there's an uptick in the seven-day moving normal of local area cases to more than five, the ATB will be suspended for in any event fourteen days. "I'm glad that Hong Kong got the COVID-19 circumstance leveled out," said Singapore's Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung in articulation to the BBC. "It has been a long couple of months, yet the conditions are presently ready again to relaunch the ATB." The travel industry and travel areas — particularly that of the flight class — will invite the movement bubble. Singapore Airlines lost £1.19 billion in the nine months to December 2020 as its number of travelers shrank 97.6% Similarly, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific revealed a yearly deficiency of $2.8 billion every 2020. A week ago, Australia and New Zealand dispatched their movement bubble, permitting Aussies and Kiwi voyagers to wander between the two nations without isolation on one or the flip side. Quite, the destined-to-be-dispatched Singapore to Hong Kong travel bubble is substantially more directed than Australia to New Zealand one, as only 200 travelers each day will want to go between the urban areas. It's conceivable that we could see new travel bubbles open throughout the planet as nations hope to return to the travel industry yet just for those coming from nations with low case rates and high immunization rates.

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