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Virgin Atlantic to trial Sony SmartWear at London Heathrow

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Virgin Atlantic is launching a trial with Sony Mobile Communications to test how new wearable technology can help improve the airline’s maintenance and engineering processes. Engineers working on Virgin Atlantic aircraft at the airport and in the hangar will be testing the use of Sony’s SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1, tablet, mobile phone and SmartWatch 3 in an eight-week trial, starting next week. → Read More

Expedia increases ownership in AirAsia-Expedia joint venture

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Expedia has entered into an agreement with AirAsia Berhad to purchase an additional 25% equity interest of AAE Travel, the joint venture formed between the two companies in 2011, for cash consideration of $86.3 million. → Read More

Sabre unveils three data-driven solutions

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Sabre Corporation is launching three new, powerful data-driven, personalization solutions which source insights on customers from multiple touch points and then use that data to create personalized, meaningful engagements with travelers. → Read More

Priceline.com names Hennessy as new chief executive

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Paul Hennessy has been named chief executive of priceline.com, an operating business of The Priceline Group. He will take up the role on April 1st, 2015, and will report into Darren Huston, president and chief executive of The Priceline Group. Current priceline.com chief executive Chris Soder has been named chairman of the Norwalk, CT-based business. → Read More

Profits up at tech giant Amadeus

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Amadeus IT Holding has reported adjusted profit for the year ended December 31st grew 9.9 per cent to €681 million. This was backed by an increase in revenue of 10.1 per cent, to €3,418 million, and EBITDA growth of 9.9 per cent, to €1,306 million. → Read More

TripAdvisor brings Neighbourhoods feature to market

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TripAdvisor has announced the launch of its Neighbourhoods feature to help users discover and explore neighbourhoods within popular tourist destinations around the world, making it easier to find restaurants, attractions and accommodations that are perfect for their trip. The feature is currently available for Barcelona, Berlin, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York City, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo with plans to launch in additional cities in the future. → Read More

Booking Now comes to UK for instant hotel reservations

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Following success in the US and Canada, Booking.com has announced the launch of Booking Now in the UK. A new mobile app that revolutionises the on-demand travel space, Booking Now provides a completely personalised booking experience tailored to individual customer preferences and location. → Read More

Starwood signs global partnership with Uber

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Starwood Preferred Guest has signed a new partnership with Uber, giving members the opportunity to earn coveted Starpoints during any Uber ride, worldwide. “This new partnership with Uber accelerates our SPG members’ drive to rewards and is just one more way that Starwood is combining high tech and high touch to transform their travel experiences,” said Adam Aron, chief executive, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. → Read More

Amadeus brings Eurostar closer to global travel agents

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Eurostar has signed a global agreement with Amadeus to offer travel agencies and tour operators access to its booking inventory system through the Amadeus rail sales platform. The Amadeus Rail Display & Web Services solutions will enable Eurostar to provide its full range of routes and fares to travel agencies and tour operators worldwide, subject to commercial agreement between the rail provider and the distributors. → Read More

FirstGroup selects IPL for UK technology overhaul

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UK rail operator FirstGroup has agreed a five-year IT innovation framework with IPL, a systems integrator specialising in digital innovation and Enterprise Information Management. The agreement will see the companies working together to identify and develop ways to improve the customer experience by enhancing the way it operates its train companies, which include First Great Western and First TransPennine Express. → Read More

Etihad Airways welcomes AeroMobile to A380 era

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AeroMobile has celebrated the first Airbus A380 to be fully line-fitted with its inflight mobile phone network. The Etihad Airways A380-800 (A6-APA) aircraft's inaugural flight with AeroMobile services was from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow, touching down on earlier. → Read More

American Express Global Business Travel strengthens technological leadership team

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American Express Global Business Travel is continuing to grow its technology and innovation platform with additional leadership appointments. These including Evan Konwiser, who will take up the position of vice president, digital traveller and Christophe Tcheng to the role of vice president, core products and platform architecture. → Read More

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