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Search Party adds new twists to hotel searches. A couple of years ago, a spate of new travel search engines hit the scene, ending SideStep's unchallenged reign over the travel search field. Is there room for another? Apr 18, 2006

Air France, OnAir

Air France will take delivery in early 2007 of the first new build Airbus aircraft fitted with the OnAir GSM equipment, enabling the use of mobile phones on board. The Airbus A318 will take part in a six-month trial to try and establish the impact that the system will have on passengers and crew. The OnAir service will allow Air France travelers to use their own GSM mobile phones and GPRS enabled devices such as the BlackBerry or Treo, to make and receive voice calls or to send and receive SMS messages or emails during the flight without harmful interference to the aircraft navigation systems. It is one for the future, which will be closely watched by other airlines. Whether a no phone zone will replace the old smoking areas remains to be seen. http://www.airfrance.co.uk http://www.onair.aero/en/faq/faq_mobile_industry.pdf

Apr 16, 2006

Amadeus, KLM

Amadeus announced that KLM signed a Full Content Option agreement, which is available to European carriers. Apr 20, 2006

Americn Express

Americn Express says that following a survey of card users it found that nearly half in Europe and 65% in America say firms scrutinize employee expenses more thoroughly than a year ago. The survey also concluded that 80% of European employees and 73% in the US are inclined to spend more freely when businesses are paying the bills. Nothing discovered there. However, Europeans between the ages of 19 and 24 are the most concerned with being out of pocket because of business expenses and that they are particularly troubled by having to pay for business expenses before being reimbursed. For its 2006 Card checkup Surveys, American Express commissioned two separate polls of employees of mid-sized and large businesses - one poll in the UK, France and Germany and another in the US. A total of 840 employees were questioned. According to the survey, companies are watching employees' spending more intently on both sides of the Atlantic. Corporate scrutiny increased by 48% in Europe and 65% in the US, compared with a year ago. http://www.americanexpress.com

Apr 16, 2006

Connexion by Boeing

Connexion by Boeing said that an independent survey conducted by Burke Research on behalf of the broadand Internet provider showed that "83% of those surveyed said that the availability of Connexion by Boeing service will have an impact on future travel plans and their choice of airline carrier while 92% said they plan to use the service on a future flight and would recommend Connexion to others." The study included responses from more than 3,200 participants. Connexion currently is available on 10 airlines operating 180 routes daily. Apr 20, 2006

Delta Air Lines, Sabre

Delta, Sabre agree to 7-year deal. Delta Air Lines and Sabre Holdings today announced they signed a multi-year agreement to make the airline's fares available on Sabre's GDS. "This agreement further supports Delta's restructuring efforts, including our goal to effectively manage our distribution costs," said Lee Macenczak, Delta's executive vice president of sales and customer service. Apr 21, 2006

Galileo, United Airlines

United Airlines signed a five-year, full-content distribution agreement with Galileo. Apr 12, 2006

SITA

SITA said Romania's Carpatair is acquiring a large package of solutions from SITA's Horizon portfolio under a seven-year contract worth $10 million to automate its passenger services and back office functions and phase in e-ticketing and Internet sales. SITA said the goal is to boost Carpatair's revenues by 15% and achieve annual savings of $2 million on sales and distribution costs. Apr 10, 2006

Thales, Panasonic

Music downloads on a plane near you?. In-flight entertainment providers including Thales and Panasonic are exploring license agreements with Apple to use iTunes download software on planes. The technology would allow passengers to download music and videos in-flight. Apr 13, 2006

US Airways, Galileo

US Airways in five-year deal with Galileo. US Airways has signed a five-year agreement with Galileo International making Galileo the preferred distribution channel for US Airways' ticket sales. Galileo is owned by Cendant TDS, and under the deal, all US Airways and America West fares, including Web rates, will be available through Galileo. Apr 20, 2006

US Airways, Galileo International

Galileo International announced the signing of a five-year, full-content enterprise agreement with US Airways. Inventory includes services operated by America West Airlines. Apr 21, 2006
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