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August 27, 2014 - 10:50 AM ET

Carlson Wagonlit Travel reported 32.5 million global transactions during the first half of 2014, up 4.2 percent year over year. Sales volume increased 2.7 percent to $14.4 billion. The company noted that figures comprise "air, hotel and ground transportation for wholly owned operations and joint ventures." CWT previously told BTN that North America-specific transactions and sales volume increased 5 percent and 10 percent, respectively, partly due to a rebound in government travel spending.

August 27, 2014 - 09:05 AM ET

Ryanair detailed the components of a new set of services designed for business travelers, available immediately. Dubbed Business Plus and available now from £59.99, the offering includes ticket-change flexibility, a checked bag at no charge, "premium seats," priority boarding and expedited security screening "at selected airports." The airline also indicated it "will soon launch a second GDS partnership" following its return in March 2014 to the global distribution channel by way of a deal with Travelport. Ryanair, which claims that "more than 25 percent" of its customers are traveling on business, in January publicly discussed plans for a business travel product and formalized group and business travel sales.

August 26, 2014 - 03:25 PM ET

American Airlines said its decision to withdraw fares from consumer websites powered by Orbitz will not affect Orbitz for Business clients. The airline on Tuesday announced that it stopped listing its fares on Orbitz consumer sites, "effective immediately," and it would do likewise for subsidiary US Airways fares as of Sept. 1. "We have worked tirelessly with Orbitz to reach a deal with the economics that allow us to keep costs low and compete with low-cost carriers," according to a statement attributed to AA president Scott Kirby. In addition to the orbitz.com consumer site, the move affects cheaptickets.com.

August 26, 2014 - 01:10 PM ET

U.S. Customs and Border Protection this month is piloting a mobile platform for passport control and customs declaration at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Eligible travelers arriving at the airport can submit their passport information and customs declaration via an app for iPhone and iPad and will receive a digital bar-coded receipt to be scanned by customs officers. CBP plans to expand the program to other airports later this year and offer the apps on the Android platform.

August 21, 2014 - 11:30 AM ET

Travelport's Steve Elliott is serving as acting vice president of the corporate solutions product portfolio while the company undertakes "a recruitment process," according to an official. Paul Saggar joined Travelport in that role in February but recently left the company. Maybourne Hotel Group, a U.K. company that owns and manages three London luxury hotels, confirmed that Saggar now serves as its IT group director.

August 20, 2014 - 12:55 PM ET

Luxury boutique hotel group L.E. Hotels added three new regional sales executives, the company announced this week. The group hired Jana Adamova, formerly a senior sales manager at L.E. Hotels member property Hotel Wales in New York, as director of corporate group sales for the East Coast market from its L.E. Hotels' Los Angeles headquarters. The group also hired Adrian François, former director of the Pearl Hotel in Buzios, Brazil, to lead sales efforts in Central and South America from its Rio de Janeiro office. In Europe, the group tapped former Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre director of sales and marketing Adeline Surault as director of group sales.

August 20, 2014 - 10:20 AM ET

Air transactions handled by members of the U.K.'s Guild of Travel Management Companies between April and June 2014 increased 1 percent from the prior-year period. Though modest, it marked a fifth consecutive quarter of growth. Rail bookings by GTMC members increased 5 percent, leading the organization to suggest domestic rather than international growth is driving the U.K.'s recent economic improvement.

August 19, 2014 - 01:20 PM ET

Air Canada has reconfigured cabins of select aircraft to add more premium economy seats, the carrier announced. The number of Preferred Seats—which generally provide 35 inches of legroom compared with standard economy seats that provide legroom between 31 and 33 inches—on 97-seat Embraer 190 aircraft has increased to 24 from eight, and premium economy seating on 146-seat Airbus A320 aircraft has increased to 36 from 16. Air Canada by the end of this month also will expand Preferred Seat booking capabilities at kiosks and via mobile devices to allow for purchase up until the time of boarding.

August 18, 2014 - 11:45 AM ET

Carlson announced that Carlson Wagonlit Travel now is wholly owned, following the completed acquisition of the 45 percent stake it did not already own. JPMorgan Chase & Co. had held the minority ownership position. Terms were not disclosed for the deal that was announced in June. At that time, written comments sent to The Beat and attributed to CWT president and CEO Doug Anderson indicated the transaction would have "no impact" on client pricing, and that CWT will pursue both organic growth as well as potential partnerships and acquisitions. Anderson also noted that CWT and JPMorgan Chase "continue to have commercial agreements in place for both corporate credit card and business travel services." 

August 06, 2014 - 02:35 PM ET

United Airlines mobile app users now can scan their passports for mobile check-in on international flights,  the carrier announced Wednesday. With the new functionality, users with iOS and Android mobile devices either verify a stored passport or scan their passport with their device's camera and then receive a boarding pass. Travelers requiring visas or other additional documentation still must check in at the airport.