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July 02, 2015 - 10:40 AM ET

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.

July 01, 2015 - 11:50 AM ET

The judge presiding over US Airways' antitrust lawsuit against Sabre set a bench trial to start Oct. 26, according to a scheduling order issued Tuesday. The case was bound for a jury trial, but US Airways waived all but $20 in damages last week in an effort to have a judge decide the outcome of the lawsuit, which challenges the lawfulness of distribution-contract provisions and alleges other misconduct.

July 01, 2015 - 11:15 AM ET

Sabre completed its acquisition of Asia/Pacific global distribution system operator Abacus International on Wednesday. In May, Sabre agreed to buy the 65 percent stake it didn't already hold from 11 airlines. In conjunction with the deal closing, Sabre named Roshan Mendis senior vice president of Asia/Pacific for Sabre Travel Network. His role includes leadership of Abacus. He served as Americas president of prior to Sabre's sale of the business to Expedia this year.

July 01, 2015 - 11:15 AM ET

BCD M&I and BCD Travel Groups announced their organizations will integrate to create a global operating unit branded BCD Meetings & Events. BCD M&I provided comprehensive meetings and events management solutions, including strategic meetings management, globally. BCD Travel Groups offered in-market services for meetings, events and incentives. According to the announcement, the formal integration eliminates duplication in products and services, streamlines delivery, increases leverage with suppliers and offers a deeper talent pool of meetings and events experts to clients. Former BCD M&I global president Scott Graf heads the new organization.

July 01, 2015 - 11:10 AM ET

Cornerstone Information Systems will unveil a tech solution for business travel managers and one for travelers in late July. TravelOptix provides analysis on savings metrics, program gaps, compliance, budget enforcement and strategy for travel management companies and their clients, and 4site transmits real-time information on itineraries and travel options, detecting and managing disruptions, re-accommodation and concierge services to travelers.

June 30, 2015 - 03:55 PM ET

Delta Air Lines is selling most of its branded fares through the Sabre global distribution system as of Tuesday, the carrier announced. Travel agents using Sabre now can see pricing for Delta One, First Class, Main Cabin and Basic Economy. Delta is not, however, selling its premium economy Delta Comfort Plus through Sabre. The carrier began selling all five classes through Travelport's Smartpoint agent interface last month.

June 30, 2015 - 03:30 PM ET

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.

June 29, 2015 - 03:55 PM ET

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based business travel consulting firm Goldspring Consulting and Virginia-based Managed Travel Consulting agreed Monday to merge July 1. GoldSpring formed a strategic partnership with Partnership Travel Consulting in September 2014 and acquired Management Alternatives in February. Management Travel Consulting principals Julie Simpson and Susan Stowe will join GoldSpring as senior consultants. “It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Julie and Susan to the team,” said GoldSpring Consulting partner Mark Williams. “Their combined travel management experience and stellar reputation will further strengthen and broaden our organization’s offerings."

June 29, 2015 - 11:45 AM ET

Travelport announced U.S. subscribers "can now search, sell and book air content for travel to and from Cuba for authorized travelers," following the relaxing of U.S. government travel restrictions. Travelport global distribution system subscribers will have to sign a contract amendment to access the air content, according to Travelport.

June 26, 2015 - 12:40 PM ET

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.