Travel agency clients of eMerchantPay can accept UATP cards,
the companies announced Wednesday. Payment solution provider UATP will integrate with eMerchantPay to process claim submissions, authorizations, transactions and settlements as part of UATP’s master merchant network. More than 400 travel agencies accept UATP through master merchants, according to UATP’s website. UATP is a low-cost alternative payment network privately owned by 21 airlines worldwide and accepted by more than 260 airline merchants.
United Airlines invested $30 million in alternative energy developer Fulcrum BioEnergy,
the carrier announced Tuesday. United also negotiated an agreement to purchase at least 90 million gallons of fuel from Fulcrum for 10 years or more “at a cost that is competitive with conventional jet fuel,” according to United. Fulcrum and United agreed to develop as many as five projects near United hubs that could produce as many as 180 million gallons per year. The energy company's technology converts household waste to jet fuel, and it expects its first plant will begin operations in the third quarter of 2017.
United Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines have formed a partnership that includes codesharing and loyalty-program reciprocation,
the carriers announced Friday. United will acquire a 5 percent stake in Azul for $100 million. Pending government approval, United will codeshare on Azul’s flights within Brazil and to Florida from São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, and Azul will codeshare on United flights in North America and the Caribbean. The carriers say the partnership also will improve connections and baggage transfers at Guarulhos. Members of United’s MileagePlus and Azul’s TudoAzul will earn mileage and benefits on both airlines.