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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.
Airlines in June plans to launch three weekly nonstop roundtrip services
between San Francisco and Chengdu, China, which, along with new nonstop flights
to Taipei, Taiwan, "are good examples of the second phase of our Pacific
network strategy," chief revenue officer Jim Compton said last month.
Having served as chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG
since Jan. 1, 2011, Christoph Franz in May will leave the company to
become chairman of Swiss healthcare firm Roche, where he is a board member. Lufthansa this
month appointed Carsten Spohr to succeed Franz, effective May 1. Franz recently spoke with The BTN Group editorial director David Meyer
about his accomplishments, his outlook for the airline industry and Lufthansa's
corporate relationships. Edited excerpts follow.
Airlines executives during a Tuesday conference call acknowledged the carrier
has lost ground in the corporate market but cited the strength of its network,
bolstered by the US Airways acquisition, as a key ingredient in winning back
its fair share.
Delta Air Lines and
Virgin Atlantic on Jan. 1 officially launched a joint venture through which they
are sharing revenues, aligning corporate sales, coordinating
networks and planning schedules between the United States and United Kingdom. Announced
in December 2012 along with Delta's deal to acquire a 49 percent stake in
Virgin Atlantic, the JV fills a significant gap
in Delta's network for corporate travelers by expanding London Heathrow access.
The partnership also represents a fortified competitor to the dominant American
Airlines-British Airways joint venture on U.S.-U.K. services. Among
upcoming milestones, Delta in April will begin operating from Virgin's home at
London Heathrow Terminal 3 for flights to New York JFK, Boston and Seattle. The
carriers also are harmonizing services for a joint schedule. "From a financial and commercial
perspective, our interests are completely aligned across the
transatlantic," Delta president Ed Bastian said in an interview this week
with BTN executive editor Jay Boehmer. An edited transcript follows.
York – The Middle East and Africa have distinct advantages offering companies a
wealth of opportunities—if their travelers to the region are willing to adjust,
be open-minded and assume some risk. At the same time, corporate travel
managers can prove themselves valuable by being regionally knowledgeable and
finding creative solutions to problems not easily solved by conventional
Las Vegas - Latin America's hotel construction pipeline in
2013 reached its highest level in about five years, and InterContinental Hotels
Group is behind only Accor in terms of properties in development in the region,
according to a Lodging Econometrics report issued this year. IHG vice president
of strategic marketing services for Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean
Gerardo Murray spoke with Business Travel News lodging editor Michael B. Baker
at the company's Americas Investors & Leadership Conference here in late
October. The edited transcript that follows includes discussion about IHG's growth
in the region, the role of managed corporate travel and how distribution
strategies differ in Latin America compared with other regions.
Air Lines for the third consecutive year maintained its position as the...