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Earlier this year, Sixt rolled out connected cars in Germany for rental on its mobility platform. The connected car "enables you to locate [it] by your mobile phone, to reserve it, walk up to it, open it, drive it and manage the whole billing cycle with your phone," Sixt senior director of North America and Europe Stuart Donnelly said at BTN Group's recent Minneapolis Business Travel Trends & Forecasts conference.
Accor reported revenue of 987 million euros during the first quarter, an 8.8 percent year-over-year increase on a like-for-like basis. The company's HotelServices sector brought in 645 million euros, accounting for 65 percent of the quarter's revenue and representing 7.3 percent growth like for like.
If New Distribution Capability will transform how airlines offer their services to corporate travelers, One Order will transform how airlines and others manage and fulfill those offers. As NDC inches closer to real-life practice, we look at the other cross-industry technological communication standard the International Air Transport Association has been working on.
Jet Airways has ceased all operations after lenders declined to provide interim funding. CEO Vinay Dube said the lack of funding has left Jet Airways unable "to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going." The consortium of lender banks is still supporting the bidding process for an investor to acquire the airline, Dube said. "Tomorrow is another day, and tomorrow provides us with new hope, new opportunity and new expectations. We know that India is better off with a flying Jet Airways, and so do our potential investors."
Chauffeured service provider Carey International is adding its premium car services to the London-based Karhoo transportation booking platform. Karhoo began offering Carey's services on its platform in London this week and plans to expand Carey content across the 1,000 cities in its worldwide network. Karhoo reports a network of more than 1 million licensed taxis and cars on its global platform, including 25,000 on its platform in London.
Travel and payment providers believe they have found their way around an obstacle preventing widespread adoption of virtual cards: taking them mobile. Virtual cards have long been hailed as the ideal way for business travelers who don't possess corporate cards to settle hotel bills upon departure. Despite years of attempts to educate hotels and their staffs, however, too many front desks still either do not recognize virtual cards as a valid payment method or cannot, when needed, find the virtual card number guests' travel management company had sent in.
United Airlines passenger revenue grew 7.1 percent year over year to $8.7 billion during the first quarter, which CEO Oscar Munoz said "was not an easy quarter" in terms of operations. Besides "harsh winter weather," United also faced the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft and temporary suspension of its service to New Delhi.
American Express Global Business Travel has appointed Gerardo Tejado as general manager of American Express Meetings & Events. He will report to GBT EVP of global supplier relations Michael Qualantone and be based at headquarters in Jersey City, N.J. Tejado previously was GBT VP and general manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. He'll focus on technology and attendee experience. Issa Jouaneh, who headed Amex M&E for 11 years, is "leaving to pursue other interests," according to GBT. Meanwhile, GBT SVP and general manager for the Americas SVP David Reimer will oversee Tejado's former realm.