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Concur Announces Partnerships with Lufthansa, Lyft, HotelTonight

Concur Announces Partnerships with Lufthansa, Lyft, HotelTonight

Concur Technologies, which was acquired by SAP last September, announced partnerships with HotelTonight, Lufthansa, and Lyft on Monday.
Lufthansa is adding support for TripLink, Concur’s middleware offering that connects travel sites such as Lufthansa’s website to Concur’s back office systems that manage travel and expenses. It allows business travelers to take advantage of their negotiated rates no matter where they book their travel, and offers improved visibility and negotiating power.
Concur also …

Lufthansa Group Plans €16 Surcharge for Third-Party Bookings

Lufthansa Group Plans €16 Surcharge for Third-Party Bookings

Lufthansa Group and its airlines – Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines – announced plans to increase overall profitability by moving more flight bookings onto its own channels and adding a surcharge for tickets booked using global distribution systems, or GDS.
Primary users of global distribution systems are online and traditional travel agents.
Beginning September 1, 2015, Europe’s largest airline group will include a “Distribution Cost Charge” of …

Air Traffic Control Strike in France Causes Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Air Traffic Control Strike in France Causes Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Air traffic control workers in France began a two-day strike on Wednesday, causing thousands of flights that would fly over French airspace to be cancelled and delayed.
The French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC asked airlines to cancel approximately 40% of their flights on Wednesday, and warned that that number could be as high as 50% on Thursday, April 9.
Air France, the country’s flag carrier, which has its main hub at Charles …

Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

In the wake of Tuesday’s crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 aircraft that is believed to have been caused by the co-pilot after he locked the captain out of the cockpit, killing 149 other passengers and crew members, numerous airlines and regulatory agencies announced plans to implement a protocol requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times has come under scrutiny.
U.S. airlines follow a protocol introduced …

Germanwings Co-Pilot Believed to Have Deliberately Crashed Plane, Captain Locked Out of Cockpit

Germanwings Co-Pilot Believed to Have Deliberately Crashed Plane, Captain Locked Out of Cockpit

A French prosecutor said on Thursday that the evidence gathered so far indicates that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit and crashed the plane early Tuesday morning.
“At this moment, in light of investigation, the interpretation we can give at this time is that the co-pilot through voluntary abstention refused to open the door of the cockpit to the commander, and activated the …

Vote for Your Favorite Airlines, Hotels, and Airports in the 2015 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards

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Voting for the 2015 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards has begun, and with it, your opportunity to determine the winners. To cast your vote, click here to open the ballot.
Last year, over 155,000 votes were cast. This year the field of nominees includes over 100 airlines and alliances, hotels and resorts, and car rental agencies. Other categories include Best Travel Tools and Apps, Best General Travel Blogs, and Best Points …

Germanwings Plane Crashes in French Alps

Germanwings Plane Crashes in French Alps

A Germanwings plane en route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf crashed in southern France on Tuesday.
The aircraft, an Airbus A320 operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings subsidiary, was carrying 150 passengers and crew members, all of whom are feared dead, French President François Hollande said.
“The conditions of the accident suggest there are no survivors,” Mr. Hollande said on television.
The agency said that the plane descended from a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet to 5,000 feet …