News for The Americas

Southwest Airlines to launch self-service business travel platform from 24-Aug-2022

16 August, 2022

Southwest Airlines announced (15-Aug-2022) plans to launch Southwest Business Assist, a new self-service travel portal enabling corporate travel customers and travel management companies to better manage Southwest business itineraries. The platform will initially offer the following features:

  • Travel funds management;
  • Enhanced insight into contractual benefits, account performance, and dashboards;
  • Expanded sustainability reporting;
  • Increased automation with real-time capabilities and service.

The carrier plans to add more features as the platform expands, including duty of care reporting, flight credit management, and additional automated functions. Southwest Business Assist is expected to launch to current Southwest Business Partners from 24-Aug-2022. [more - original PR]

Corporate Aircraft Association announces new CEO and COO appointments

15 August, 2022

Corporate Aircraft Association (CAA) appointed (15-Jul-2022) David Scobey as president and CEO. CAA also appointed acting president P J Clark as COO. Both appointments are effective immediately. [more - original PR]

Deloitte joins Alaska Airlines' corporate SAF programme

12 August, 2022

Alaska Airlines announced (11-Aug-2022) Deloitte joined its corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme. Deloitte is expected to reduce the CO2 emissions of its business travel with Alaska by approximately 1050 tonnes. Alaska Airlines and Deloitte will also collaborate on the purchase of SAF certificates, which provide an accounting framework to expand the commercialisation of SAF and capture emissions reduction value for corporate purchasers. [more - original PR]

United Airlines to launch new business travel platform in late 2022

12 August, 2022

United Airlines announced (11-Aug-2022) plans to launch United for Business Blueprint, a new platform allowing corporate customers to design travel programmes to include valued offerings such as United Corporate Preferred status and discounts on leisure travel for employees. Customers will be able to collaborate with a United sales representative to customise a programme for their business travel needs. The carrier plans to launch the new platform in late 2022. [more - original PR]

Avianca and Viva submit integration request to Colombia Aerocivil

9 August, 2022

Avianca submitted (08-Aug-2022) a request to Colombia Aerocivil to integrate Viva into the Abra Group. The carriers stated the integration request is due to Viva's "complex financial situation that requires immediate intervention". Avianca CEO Adrian Neuhauser said: "The integration request with Viva seeks to fight for its survival in the market, as well as to maintain the competitiveness it has built during 10 years of operation... Avianca has a solid financial position... which would allow it to achieve synergies and take advantage of economies of scale with Viva, provide financial support and participate in its management". As previously reported by CAPA, Avianca and GOL created the Abra Group holding company in May-2022, with the organisation initially proposing a non-controlling 100% economic interest in Viva's operations in Colombia and Peru. [more - original PR]

JetBlue Airways launches daily Boston-London Gatwick service

8 August, 2022

JetBlue Airways launched (04-Aug-2022) daily Boston Logan-London Gatwick service, operated using A321neo equipment. JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes stated: "Our London service from New York has been an incredible success and we are thrilled to finally bring this highly anticipated service to our Boston customers, a route that has long suffered from high fares by legacy carriers. As Boston's largest carrier, adding this nonstop service to Gatwick will only make us more relevant in our New England focus city and introduce JetBlue to a largely unserved market". According to OAG, the carrier is the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]

LATAM Airlines Chile resumes Santiago-Easter Island service

5 August, 2022

LATAM Airlines Chile resumed (05-Aug-2022) twice weekly Santiago-Easter Island passenger service on 04-Aug-2022, following a temporary suspension since early 2020. The airline operates the service with Boeing 787-9 equipment. [more - original PR - Spanish]

Iberia and Viva Aerobus sign codeshare agreement

5 August, 2022

Iberia and Viva Aerobus signed (04-Aug-2022) a codeshare agreement enabling Iberia to connect to 19 Viva Aerobus destinations in Mexico, via Mexico City. Viva Aerobus' connections in Mexico will include Guadalajara, Cancun, Monterrey, Veracruz, Mérida, Tampico, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Tijuana, Hermosillo, Oaxaca, Huatulco, Torreón, Puerto Escondido, Ciudad Juárez, La Paz, Chetumal and Mazatlán. Accordingly, Viva Aerobus passengers will be able to connect to Spain through Iberia's 19 weekly frequencies on the Madrid-Mexico City route, operated with A350-900 aircraft. Tickets are available effective immediately, for frequencies operated from 30-Aug-2022. [more - original PR - Spanish]

Air Premia confirms plans to commence services to Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles in Sep/Oct-2022

5 August, 2022

Air Premia confirmed (04-Aug-2022) plans to commence services to Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles in Sep/Oct-2022. The airline also confirmed plans to commence service to Germany in 2023. [more - original PR - Korean]

Air Canada corporate travel revenue at 60% of pre-pandemic levels in Jun-2022: CCO

4 August, 2022

Air Canada EVP and CCO Lucie Guillemette, via the carrier's 2Q2022 earnings call, reported (02-Aug-2022) the carrier's corporate travel revenue recovered to over 60% of pre-pandemic levels at the end of Jun-2022. Ms Guillemette added Air Canada expects corporate traffic to continue its rebound in Sep-2022, building on Jun-2022 performance. Ms Guillemette stated the carrier is "confident" corporate travels will return by 2023/early 2024.

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