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January 31, 2013 - 02:50 PM ET
American Airlines and Malaysia Airlines on Thursday announced a codeshare agreement, as the Kuala Lumpur-based carrier officially became a full member of the Oneworld alliance.
Average roundtrip airfares in 2015 will decline 5.1 percent year over year, adjusted for inflation and not counting taxes and surcharges, according to a report issued on Wednesday by the International Air Transport Association.
Africa in recent years has become a growing focus for development by major international hotel companies. While North Africa long has been the primary focus in such development, many hotel companies now are turning more attention to sub-Saharan Africa. Lagos-based research firm W Hospitality Group earlier this year reported that, for the first time since it began surveying African hotel development in 2009, the number of international and regional hotel chain deals signed for 2014 outpaced those signed in North Africa. The number of branded hotel rooms planned for the region has grown about 13 percent each year since 2011, according to W Hospitality Group. Tourism Business Council of South Africa CEO Mmatšatši Ramawela spoke recently to Business Travel News senior editor Michael B. Baker about the growth of local African hotel companies in both developing and mature markets on the subcontinent.
Atlanta - As part of its tightening relationship with joint-venture partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic recently began service to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport here, taking over one of Delta's three daily flights to London Heathrow. During an event inaugurating that route, Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger and founder Richard Branson spoke separately to Business Travel News senior editor Michael B. Baker about how the joint venture is affecting the carrier, Virgin's long-term growth plans and the company's interests outside of air travel. An edited transcript of those conversations follows.
Since launching its Paris-Newark service this summer, all-business-class carrier La Compagnie has met its share of skepticism, given the failures of the model by most prior transatlantic entrants. Co-founders Frantz Yvelin—who also founded L'Avion, the only all-premium-class transatlantic carrier launched during the last decade that did not fold—and Peter Luethi are confident that their model of business-class-level service and seating at a price point between economy pricing and business-class pricing on legacy carriers will be sufficient to sustain and grow La Compagnie. Yvelin and Luethi on Oct. 1 spoke with BTN's Chris Davis and Michael B. Baker about the carrier's first months, its progress in gaining corporate market share and what differentiates La Compagnie from earlier models that failed in the space.
Virgin Atlantic next year will fold its domestic U.K. Little Red service, which launched in 2013 between London Heathrow and Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester.
Los Angeles - Accor Hotels senior vice president of global sales Carlo Olejniczak in late July discussed with BTN editor-in-chief Chris Davis the implications of the global hotel company's move to a Salesforce customer relationship management system, the state of corporate negotiations, business travel and meetings demand and Accor's distribution strategy.
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