Airline Seat Reservation Giant Sabre Terminates Agreement with Aeroflot
Russian carrier's ability to sell airline seats likely to be hampered dramatically
Sabre Corp. on Thursday said it terminated a global distribution agreement with Russia’s Aeroflot, crippling the country’s largest airline’s ability to sell seats.
The Texas-based airline software giant provides ticket distribution and reservation services for carriers around the world. Sabre’s decision to end the distribution agreement means Aeroflot’s flights won’t show up on online travel agencies or other third-party sites.
Sabre competitor Amadeus IT Group followed suit in suspending Aeroflot fares from its distribution platforms.
“We will not sign any new contracts in Russia and we continue to evaluate our existing portfolio of work in Russia in parallel,” the Madrid-based company said in a statement. “At the same time, we continue to assess and evaluate the potential impact of international sanctions imposed on Russia and any counter-measures by Russia.”
Airbus pulls out of Russia
Airbus is the latest corporate giant to dump Russia, pledging on Wednesday to cease its support to the country’s aviation industry.
The move follows an announcement by rival plane-maker Boeing on Tuesday evening, which said it was suspending parts, maintenance and technical support to Russia following its full-scale invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
Together with a complete closure of European airspace to Russian airlines, the country’s aviation industry is increasingly isolated.
Airbus said on Wednesday it would stop supporting companies such as Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier, which operates flights on a number of Airbus models including the A320, the A330, and the A350.
JetBlue Pilot Pulled Off Plane...Found to be Legally Drunk
A JetBlue pilot was removed from his flight when it was discovered he was legally drunk.
According to an NFTA spokesperson, a TSA worker noticed one of the pilots for the flight appeared to be impaired.
NFTA police were called and officers entered the plane and took the male co-pilot off the plane. He was immediately given a breathalyzer and according to the NFTA, he registered a .17 BAC.
Desiree Breckenridge Barnes-Jean told Channel 2's Claudine Ewing, "whatever the procedures are before you fly, they should of caught before he was on the plane but they didn't. He was on the plane in the cockpit, so you know they sit close together, the upsetting thing is all of our lives would have been jeopardized."
The co-pilot is identified as 52-year-old James Clifton of Orlando, Florida.
WestJet to Acquire Low-Cost Rival Sunwing
Canada’s WestJet Airlines Ltd. agreed to buy low-cost rival Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations tour operations, ramping up competition in an industry that’s emerging from two years of turmoil brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
WestJet and Sunwing announced the deal Wednesday in a statement, noting that Sunwing’s current shareholders will become equity holders of WestJet. Terms weren’t disclosed. Bloomberg reported earlier Wednesday that Onex Corp.’s WestJet was nearing a deal for Sunwing.
This New Tool Is The Google Flights Of Using Points
A new kind of search engine for flights and travel itineraries, Point.me, has been launched by industry veterans Tiffany Funk and Adam Morvitz.
The co-founders, who both come from decades of experience booking awards flights for clients, have landed on a formula that easily changes the game when it comes to booking flights with points, emulating much of what makes Google Flights so user-friendly but with a skew towards reward seats and maximising both airline loyalty programs and credit card rewards.
“We’re devoted to bringing simplicity and clarity to a system that is intentionally opaque,” reads the new search engine’s mission statement, echoing just how inaccessible it can be for the average traveller to get the most value for their points.
Typically, many travellers with considerable points budgets would be too busy to connect the dots themselves, offloading their planning to dedicated points concierge or points award booking services usually run as part of a blog. Point.me seems to express that idea as an easy-to-use online tool, following on from Morvitz former business – a similar points concierge service called Juicy Miles.
Allegiant announces new routes to Florida, California, New York
Allegiant announced a new nonstop seasonal route to Florida on Tuesday as part of a three-route expansion across the airline’s network.
Beginning the service in May, the airline will be offering one-way fares on the new routes as low as $49.
The airline’s full network expansion includes these cities: