A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today:
- The biggest airline news story from yesterday remains as the most highlighted that I’ve seen today, namely where the Justice Department is attempting to block the American Airlines-US Airways merger, which I totally disagree with. It’s still gonna happen, everyone. Maybe not as fast as previously thought, but by this time next year the two airlines will have merged.
- Meanwhile at American Airlines, they’ve launched a new codeshare agreement with Sao Paulo-based TAM Airlines. Bookings can be made today for codeshare flights on/after August 22.
- I was unable to attend this year’s Global Business Travel Association convention in San Diego last week, but today I lived vicariously through Chris McGinnis’ photo collection of business class seats on display at the event. It’s a great series for any #avgeek.
- Where will you find the greatest growth in hotel bookings? It’s via online travel agencies, such as Priceline, Expedia and Orbitz, who have enjoyed an 11.7% increase in Q2 2013 reservations.
- Don’t qualify for (or have yet to get) Global Entry? You may be able to use a fast-track process when arriving at Chicago O’Hare’s Terminal 5. Automated Passport Control (APC) has been used since July at ORD, and it has reduced average wait times during peak hours by 16 minutes or 33 percent, while the number of passengers waiting over 60 minutes has reduced by 58 percent.
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