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AirPlus Eyes Virtual Card Growth a Year After U.S. Rollout
AirPlus Eyes Virtual Card Growth a Year After U.S. Rollout

October 2017 marked the dawn of a new era for AirPlus' U.S. operations. The company, along with launching its AirPlus A.I.D.A. Virtual Payment solution in the U.S., reshuffled its leadership for the market, naming Diane Laschet head of Americas and appointing Rebecca Kilby as president and CEO for the U.S.... Keep Reading

Hertz Invests in a Turnaround
Hertz Invests in a Turnaround

After a few financially challenging years, Hertz Global Holdings, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary, has begun to turn its fortune around, as revenue and results beat analyst expectations in the company's most recent earnings call. Chief marketing officer and EVP Jodi Allen, who joined the company last year... Keep Reading

The Value of Transparency
The Value of Transparency

HRS signed more than three times as much business in the first seven months of 2018 as it did in the entirety of 2017. The hotel solutions provider—which sits at the crossroads between hotels, distribution, travel management companies and corporate buyers—may have seemed like an extra piece of the travel management puzzle... Keep Reading

TAP Air Portugal Plans Continued Growth to North America
TAP Air Portugal Plans Continued Growth to North America

Over the past few years, TAP Air Portugal has doubled its traffic to North America, driven in part by new U.S. gateway airports and codesharing with JetBlue. The carrier aims for similar growth over the next three to five years, with a large fleet order underway and more U.S. gateway cities forthcoming. Carlos Paneiro, VP of... Keep Reading

TripActions' Goal: Take On Megas & Win
TripActions' Goal: Take On Megas & Win

Artificial-intelligence enabled mobile booking and travel companion TripActions rolled out a new version of its app at the Global Business Travel Association convention in San Diego. The startup also rolled out the red carpet for travel buyers, sponsored a main stage session and had a sea of T-shirted employees raising brand... Keep Reading

The Upshot of Microsoft's Travel Manifesto
The Upshot of Microsoft's Travel Manifesto

Microsoft stirred up some controversy in April with the release of its Travel Manifesto, calling for increased financial transparency in the industry and pushing buyers and suppliers to consider the changes that emerging technologies could bring to the table. Now that the document has marinated in industry reaction for a... Keep Reading

Corporate Travel's Growing Acceptance of Airbnb for Work
Corporate Travel's Growing Acceptance of Airbnb for Work

Airbnb's presence—and acceptance—continues to grow in the corporate travel space. Its business travel division team heads to the upcoming 2018 Global Business Travel Association Convention in San Diego with a new name and evolving use cases for corporate customers. BTN lodging editor Julie Sickel spoke to Airbnb for Work... Keep Reading

Air Italy Seeks to Be Italy's Top Carrier
Air Italy Seeks to Be Italy's Top Carrier

Italian airline Meridiana rebranded itself as Air Italy this year and then last month launched its first U.S. routes: from Milan to both New York and Miami. Chief commercial officer Andrea Andorno spoke with BTN executive director of conference, content and strategy David Meyer and BTN assistant editor Dawit Habtemariam about... Keep Reading

Air Canada's New Sales VP Talks Strategy
Air Canada's New Sales VP Talks Strategy

Air Canada's sales team has gotten a new leader in recent weeks, as John MacLeod takes over as VP global sales and alliances. His predecessor, Duncan Bureau, is now president of Air Canada low-cost carrier Rouge. MacLeod joined Air Canada about 18 months ago as VP of commercial strategy, moving from a sales role at Virgin... Keep Reading

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