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June 27, 2023

In This Edition… additions to NDC, airline flight service updates, Alaska Air’s new check-in, streamlining airport security at six Canada airports, Enterprise updates Standard of Care process, hotel updates, traveler tips, and much more!

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Top Business Travel Tips for Staying Productive on the Road

Here are our tops tips for ways your team can make the most of balancing work objectives with the demands of travel. Read More

The Value a Virtual Assistant Brings to Your Travel Program

We explore the role AI can play in enhancing travel management company (TMC) servicing capabilities, freeing up time for both travel managers and their travelers. Read More

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Air Canada to Launch NDC Content on Sabre ‘In Coming Months’

Travel Market Report — Sabre announced a new multi-year deal with the Canadian carrier. Read More

Sabre Offering Aeromexico NDC Content

Business Travel News — Aeromexico in its home market this month began to offer its NDC content via Sabre's GDS. Read More

Egyptair Launches NDC Content Via TPConnects

Business Travel News — Egyptair joins the NDC revolution via TPConnects, following lead of other African and Middle Eastern carriers. Read More

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Delta Adds Jet Lag-busting Daytime Flight from NYC to Paris

The Points Guy — Delta Air Lines has a new option for you starting early next year: The carrier will begin operating eastbound daytime flights from New York City to Paris. Read More

Alaska Airlines to Ditch Check-In Kiosks

Afar Magazine — The Seattle-based carrier is introducing a new check-in process. Read More

United Airlines Plans to Deploy Air Taxis in San Francisco

Travel Weekly — United and Eve Air Mobility plan to bring commuter flights to the San Francisco Bay Area by 2026, using Eve's electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Read More

Delta and Latam Add Two More Joint-venture Routes

Travel Weekly — Starting Oct. 29, Latam will fly daily between Miami and Medellin, Colombia. Then on Dec. 22, Delta will begin thrice-weekly service between Atlanta and Cartagena. Read More

Air Canada to Launch Vancouver-Singapore Service

Business Travel News — Air Canada on April 3, 2024, will launch year-round nonstop service between Vancouver and Singapore. Read More

Air Canada Adds Two Nonstops to Dublin Airport

Travel Market Report — Air Canada is expanding its direct service to Ireland's capital city. Read More

An Inside Look at Flying Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic

Travel Market Report — The perks of flying on Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class cabins and seats. Read More

WestJet to Cease Operating Budget Airline Swoop this Fall

Travel Market Report — The news means the end of the Swoop brand. Read More

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Canadian Federal Government Announces New Program to Streamline Airport Security

CBC — New program meant to speed up processing at six major airports. Read More

You Can Now Skip Long Security Lines for Free at These Major Europe Airports

Afar Magazine — Here’s how you can head to the front of the security line. Read More

TSA Launches Google Wallet Digital ID Program in Maryland

Transportation Security Administration — Working closely with the state of Maryland and Google, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now accepts Maryland-issued mobile driver’s licenses and ID cards in Google Wallet on Android mobile phones at select TSA airport security checkpoints, including BWI and DCA. Read More

Denver International Airport Introduces Program Allowing Passengers to Bypass TSA Lines

TravelPulse — Travelers using DEN Reserve can make an appointment to be screened before heading to their flights. Read More

Government Travel Warnings & Alerts

U.S. Department of State — Information on current government issued travel warnings and alerts. Read More

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Enterprise Holdings Reveals Updated Standard of Care for Car Rental Brands

TravelPulse — Enterprise Holdings announced an updated Standard of Care process that ensures travelers receive the best maintained and cleaned vehicles from its three brands, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent a Car. Read More

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A New Plane Might Be the Cure for Jet Lag

Afar Magazine — As Qantas gears up to launch a record-breaking 20-hour nonstop flight to New York, Australian researchers focus on passengers’ well-being. Read More

Summer Strikes at Europe’s Airports: What You Need to Know

Afar Magazine — Here’s how strikes could affect upcoming Europe travel plans. Read More

Which Airlines’ Premium Economy Is Worth It?

Afar Magazine — A little bit of an upgrade can go a long way on some flights. Here’s when it’s worth it to shell out a bit extra to go from economy to Premium Economy. Read More

8 Free Airport Apps That Make Your Flight Less Stressful

Afar Magazine — Ever hear of Mobile Passport? FlightAware? Download these apps before your next flight—you can thank us later. Read More

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Cvent Acquired by Blackstone in $4.6B Deal

Northstar Meetings Group — The acquisition has been completed, making the event-technology giant once again a private company. Read More

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