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September 11, 2014 - 08:50 AM ET

Travelport and Alitalia renewed a "multiyear" full-content agreement, according to Travelport. The deal means that Travelport subscribers will continue to access "all of Alitalia's fares and inventory, including web fares, and ancillary offerings." To manage the display of its flights, fare families and optional services, the Italian airline also agreed to use the Rich Content and Branding component of Travelport's Merchandising Platform.

September 10, 2014 - 05:00 PM ET

The U.S. Department of Transportation tentatively approved an application by Brazilian airline Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras to launch U.S. service, according to a DOT order issued Wednesday. Azul, founded by JetBlue Airways and WestJet Airlines co-founder David Neeleman, in June indicated plans to launch in 2014 daily service from São Paulo Viracopos-Campinas International Airport to Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International and Orlando International airports, with daily New York JFK service beginning next year. 

September 10, 2014 - 11:40 AM ET

Concur partnered with French taxi service Taxis G7. Initial integration now lets users connect their Concur accounts to Taxis G7's mobile app to "seamlessly book and receive e-receipts directly into Concur Expense." The companies noted that Taxis G7's eCab app now is available for users in Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels, with plans to expand by year-end to 15 additional European cities. Additional functionality for the eCab platform, also expected later this year, would include advance booking of "fixed-priced routes such as airport transfers." Taxis G7 claims a fleet of 7,600 affiliated taxis and a large partnership network throughout Europe.

September 08, 2014 - 03:30 PM ET

Ryanair is buying up to 200 Boeing 737 Max 200 "gamechanger" aircraft, which offer more seating and legroom than the carrier's current fleet, Ryanair announced Monday. Pending shareholder approval in November, the $22 billion deal includes 100 aircraft with an option of 100 more and will be Boeing's largest-ever order from a European airline, according to Ryanair. The aircraft will have 197 seats, compared with 189 seats on Ryanair's existing fleet, and has slimline seats with average legroom of more than 30 inches.

September 08, 2014 - 10:05 AM ET

Hertz Global Holdings chairman and CEO Mark Frissora has stepped down for "personal reasons," and Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. president and CEO Brian MacDonald will act as interim CEO while the company's board searches for a permanent leader, Hertz Global Holdings announced Monday. The company's board credited Frissora, who has led Hertz since 2007, with a tenure that "transformed Hertz from a single on-airport rental car brand to a world-leading rental car company with a portfolio of brands that reach multiple consumer and business segments both on- and off-airport," according to a statement by independent lead director Linda Fayne Levinson. In particular, he was instrumental in the company's acquisition of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, for which BTN named him one of the 25 most influential business travel executives of 2012.

September 05, 2014 - 10:20 AM ET

Virgin Atlantic plans to boost services on North Atlantic routes while ceasing flights to Cape Town, Mumbai, Tokyo and Vancouver. To better leverage its joint venture with Delta, the U.K.-based airline intends to add new service between London Heathrow and Detroit and boost frequencies between Heathrow and Los Angeles and New York JFK, as well as add more summer seasonal service from Heathrow to Atlanta and San Francisco and additional winter service between Heathrow and Miami. Virgin also will pick up a daily flight between Atlanta and Manchester, U.K. that has been operated by Delta. Meanwhile, service to Tokyo Narita and Mumbai will end on Feb. 1, 2015, and summer seasonal service to Vancouver won't resume next year. Winter seasonal service to Cape Town will operate as planned until April 2015 but won't renew in the winter of 2015/2016. "Transatlantic flying has always been at the heart of our network and our most financially successful region," according to a statement from Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger, adding that the network changes "play to our strengths."

September 03, 2014 - 03:30 PM ET

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair will allow passengers to keep small electronic devices on in airplane mode during taxi, takeoff and landing beginning Sept. 15, the carriers announced this week. Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department on Tuesday reported it revised its regulations after determining the use of such devices is safe during all stages of flight. Passengers still must store larger electronic devices such as laptops during takeoff and landing and cannot use power outlets to charge devices during that time.

September 02, 2014 - 04:20 PM ET

Airberlin promoted Roberto Cuesta Jr. to vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas, the carrier announced Tuesday. Cuesta, a former ISS Global Marine Travel sales manager who joined Airberlin as the U.S. commercial director in June 2013, succeeds Titus Johnson, who is "pursuing other opportunities," according to the carrier. In the role, Cuesta will oversee continued expansion of Airberlin's sales operations and marketing strategies in the Americas, according to the company.

September 02, 2014 - 12:35 PM ET

The United Kingdom plans to empower police to seize passports at its borders and put stronger controls around aviation security compliance, Prime Minister David Cameron said in a recent statement to the House of Commons. Cameron said the nation plans "specific and targeted legislation" giving police the power to seize passports at the border and allow them time to investigate suspicious individuals, beyond their current "only limited stop-and-search powers." The British government also plans to put "long-standing arrangements on aviation security around the world on a statutory footing," including compliance with no-fly lists, access to passenger lists and compliance with security screening requirements, Cameron said.  

September 02, 2014 - 10:40 AM ET

CWT Meetings & Events agreed to offer to clients Cvent's dedicated event management system, the companies announced Tuesday. CWT Meetings & Events, the meetings-management arm of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, will offer customers "a range of meetings and events management software, including the latest in meeting planning, venue sourcing, event management mobile apps, payment processing and travel management," according to a company statement. CWT Meetings & Events will roll out Cvent technology "in a phased approach over the coming months, including activation for clients in North America, Asia/Pacific and across Europe," according to the company.