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March 31, 2015 - 04:10 PM ET

Expedia-owned travel management company Egencia this week announced the launch of the iPad version of its TripNavigator app. In addition to enabling standard flight search and booking, the iPad app for U.S. users incorporates "personalized" results based on "preferences and past trips," Egencia noted. In North America, the app enables flight cancellations and, in the United States, flight exchanges. Core features include flight check-in and flight status alerts. Features for hotels include map-based search, booking and last-minute deals. The iPad app also includes Egencia's AssistMe features, including click-to-call, as well as an agent callback service in North America.

March 31, 2015 - 04:10 PM ET

The U.S. Department of Transportation on March 27 tentatively sustained Delta Air Lines' right to serve Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from Seattle, as long as the airline "maintains a year-round daily service in the market." American Airlines in January asked DOT for permission to operate daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Tokyo's capacity-constrained Haneda Airport after Delta reduced Seattle-Haneda frequency. In the order, DOT tentatively selected AA "for backup authority for its proposed Los Angeles-Haneda services should Delta not meet the additional conditions and requirements."

March 30, 2015 - 03:45 PM ET

InterContinental Hotels Group senior vice president of worldwide sales Stephen Powell will retire in June, the company announced Monday. Powell joined IHG in 2003 and has served in his current role since 2007. IHG this month will begin a search for his replacement, according to the company.

March 27, 2015 - 02:10 PM ET

Germanwings owner Lufthansa Group, in coordination with industry and government regulators, adopted a rule in which "two authorized persons must be present in the cockpit at all times during a flight," according to the airline group, which also owns Austrian, Brussels and Swiss airlines. Based on various media reports, airlines across the world—including easyJet, Air Canada, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic—have adopted such rules in the wake of a Germanwings crash this week, purportedly at the hands of a co-pilot who locked himself in the cockpit. Government authorities from Europe to Canada also are reported to have initiated or are considering such a requirement of carriers, already effective in the United States.

March 27, 2015 - 10:15 AM ET

The number of international air passengers traveling in premium classes worldwide in January increased by a "weak" 2.6 percent year over year, according to the International Air Transport Association. IATA noted the "growth trend in premium international travel has flattened over the past several months," citing a "gradual slowdown in improvements in business confidence" in the second half of 2014, "with economic conditions in the eurozone and China deteriorating." Yet, IATA indicated the latest data suggested "signs of a pickup in business confidence in the eurozone and U.S., which could help ease some of the downward pressure on business-related international air travel." The largest percentage growth in January premium traffic occurred on Middle East-Far East (12.3 percent), Mid Atlantic (11 percent) and Europe-Middle East (10.2 percent) routes. Premium traffic on the heavily traveled North Atlantic, which connects North America and Europe, rose 3.7 percent year over year in January. International economy traffic, meanwhile, was up 3.8 percent year over year in January, according to IATA data.

March 26, 2015 - 10:15 AM ET

Accor appointed Cyril Kovarsky senior vice president of global sales, effective April 1. Kovarsky will be responsible for defining and coordinating the hotel operator's business-to-business sales strategy, according to the company. He formerly served as senior vice president of corporate sales for business services at Orange, a French multinational telecommunications corporation.

March 25, 2015 - 01:50 PM ET

American Airlines on March 28 will begin to merge US Airways Dividend Miles into its AAdvantage frequent-flyer program, the carrier announced. March 25 serves as the last day to book Dividend Miles reward travel, according to the airline. American will move Dividend Miles members' mileage balances and elite-qualifying activity into their AAdvantage accounts. "This process will take several days," according to the carrier.

March 24, 2015 - 04:25 PM ET

GroundLink appointed two regional sales managers. Following stints at Oracle and Concur, Michael Humbard joined as Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager. Tim Schwab, former founder and CEO of sales automation firm Sales Beach, joined as Western regional sales manager. Both report to chief sales officer Michael Mooradian. Headquartered in New York, the ground transportation network and technology platform has regional sales offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

March 24, 2015 - 04:20 PM ET

Travel agency alliance AllStars Travel Group appointed Kim Doran director of risk management, security and compliance. Following roles at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Transportation Security Administration, Doran will "deliver her extensive safety and security know-how to ATG's global network of corporate travel management companies," according to AllStars.

March 23, 2015 - 04:15 PM ET

February air transactions processed by mega travel agencies and settled through ARC increased 0.1 percent year over year, according to ARC data. Mega agencies include American Express, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Egencia, HRG and Omega World Travel. "Online" agencies as a group, including Orbitz for Business and Travelocity Business, witnessed a 10.1 percent rise in February ARC air transactions, while the group of travel agencies classified by ARC as "other" posted a 5.3 percent increase in transactions. Total February U.S. travel agency air ticket transactions rose 4.7 percent year over year, according to ARC.