U.S. Big Three Carriers Had Above Average On-Time Performances in March
All three of the largest U.S. carriers recorded above average on-time performances among North American carriers in March, according to FlightStats. Delta led the way with a rate of 83.8 percent. Carriers on average got 80.3 percent of flights to the gate within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival times last month. Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Frontier Airlines also had above-average on-time performances. Source: Business Travel News
Delta & Korean Air Will JV on Schedules & Revenue Sharing
Delta and Korean Air have formed a joint venture that will include schedule coordination and revenue sharing on transpacific flights. Pending regulatory approval, the JV would create a network of more than 290 Americas markets and more than 80 Asian markets. When it is finalized, Delta and Korean Air plan to expand codesharing and loyalty program reciprocation and create seamless passenger and baggage service at their hubs. Source: BTN
Visa Joins Amex & MasterCard in Enabling Mobile Wallets for Corporate Cards
Visa has enabled Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay for corporate cards, and U.S. Bank will be the first corporate card issuer to enable them for clients, said U.S. Bank general manager of corporate and public sector bank card programs Jeff Rankin. Once companies approve the use of mobile wallets for their travelers, employees download the mobile wallet app of their choice and input their corporate card details. Source: BTN
Impending EU Regulations Could Pose Hurdles for Corporate Cards
Proposed European Union rules for beefing up card security could make the booking and payment processes that occur through travel management companies and online corporate booking tools unworkable, AirPlus International has warned. The second Payment Services Directive is scheduled to take effect in January 2018. AirPlus managing director Patrick Diemer described the relevant section as “not feasible,” telling BTN, “At the moment, it is completely unclear how we can implement this.” Diemer added that the corporate payments industry is united in its opposition. “We have spoken to American Express, MasterCard and Visa, and they all see the same problem and are advocating for the same thing,” he said. Source: BTN
Travel Bots: Are They Here to Stay?
Artificial Intelligence is the buzzword for 2017. AI has infiltrated industries as diverse as personal shopping, executive recruitment and medical diagnostics. Transformational fervor around AI has fizzled in the past, but AI-powered messaging platforms have energized innovation of late. Enter the chatbot travel assistant. Source: BTN
Microsoft Harnesses Machine Learning for Sourcing
“The only way that we can serve our travelers is by turning them into data,” travel management provocateur Eric Bailey told BTN. Bailey is better known as Microsoft’s director of travel, venue sourcing and payment. He has pretty much ditched travel policy for Microsoft’s 75,000 travelers in exchange for a traveler-centric approach. Machine learning has emerged as critical to the effort. “We can’t know all of our travelers,” he said. “What we can do is take their data and turn it back into travelers—or at least types of travelers. That’s how we’re using machine learning now.” Source: Travel Procurement
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