Want to keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of business travel? Here’s our quick round-up of the latest business travel news from around the web.
CTI Travel acquired by private equity investor
Travel management company CTI Travel has been acquired by private equity investor Endless.
The deal sees Endless secure a majority stake in the Manchester-based TMC as mid-market private equity house LDC make a substantial exit.
American ends Qatar and Etihad codeshare deals
American Airlines has ended codeshare agreements with Qatar and Etihad Airways amid a dispute over alleged illegal subsidies for the Gulf carriers.
The cancelled deals mean American will no longer sell tickets on aircraft operated by Qatar and Etihad.
Heathrow decision pushed back to 2018
A decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow has been pushed back until 2018.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said the announcement on the long-running saga around airport capacity will be made in the first half of next year due to the recent General Election.
JAL in London expansion
A second frequency using the Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner is being added by Japan Airlines on its nonstop Heathrow – Tokyo Haneda route from 29 October. The airline is also increasing frequency between Tokyo Narita and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi from the same date until 24 March next year.
Hong Kong in a hurry
A US mainland market debut is being planned by Hong Kong Airlines towards the end of this year using its incoming fleet of Airbus A350-900s, the first of which is due next month.
The carrier has set a provisional date of 15 December to launch a Los Angeles daily service in a move that forms part of its widening of its intercontinental network as a result of acquiring 11 A330-200s, nine A330-300s and at least 12 A350s.
Emirates and Flydubai unveil new partnership
Emirates and low-cost carrier Flydubai have agreed a new partnership designed to help both airlines to “accelerate growth” and open new routes from Dubai.
The deal includes an “expansive” codeshare agreement, alignment of schedules between the two carriers and network “optimisation” which should open up new routes.