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Ryanair has started selling flights to the US and Latin America, as part of a partnership with Air Europa. The airline’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, announced the move, which he said was a step towards Ryanair becoming the “Amazon of travel”.The flights will depart from Madrid and call at 20 destinations across the Americas, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the US.The new flight partnership will give Air Europa access to Ryanair’s 130 million odd customers.
Delta is expanding Delta Comfort+ fares to more markets. With this expansion, Delta will now offer Delta Comfort + as a fare to all destinations in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean regions, as well as the U.S. and Canada. Effective May 20, Delta will begin selling Delta Comfort+ as a fare for flights departing September 20, 2017, and beyond in the following travel regions:Between the U.S. and Canada and Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile, between the U.S. and Canada and China and Hong Kong, within the Asia-Pacific region, now including China and between Asia-Pacific region markets and Latin America / Caribbean markets, now including China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile.
- Havas LATAM
Havas LATAM has acquired Big Data analytics agency Intellignos, after taking a 40% stake in the company between 2012 and 2014. With this move, Intellignos becomes part of Havas Group’s global data consulting agency DBi. DBi will work with Havas LATAM clients to increase their revenues by driving meaningful connections with consumers through data intelligence and technology solutions, from data management to advanced analytics.Founded in 2007, Intellignos is headquartered in Miami with additional offices in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. The agency is LATAM’s leading consultancy firm and builds intellectual property to help the most challenging companies in the world improve their competitive situation through the creative and innovative use of Big Data. Clients are major companies that use the Internet as an important source of revenue: Fox Latin America Channels, DirecTV, The Walt Disney Company, Mercado Libre, Telefonica-Movistar, Cencosud and UNICEF, and others. Intellignos co-founder Juan Manuel Damia becomes DBi’s Head of Latin America.
Expedia is opening Cuba hotel market for consumers. Expedia, Inc., the online travel company, announced that travelers can now book hotels in Cuba on its global points of sale, including Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, and CheapTickets. Cuba continues to generate interest as a hot destination among travelers; its Ministry of Tourism reported more than four million foreign visitors in 2016.
A Latin American competitor to Uber — 99 — has raised US$100 million from SoftBank of Japan to fuel growth, according to the Brazilian startup’s chief.SoftBank will become a minority shareholder in the privately held 99, as the ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing of China did when it backed the startup in January. SoftBank is also a major investor in Didi Chuxing.The transaction, puts another obstacle in Uber’s path to succeed in emerging markets.Fernandez said that 99 planned to use the new capital to expand its peer-to-peer ride offering, called 99POP, which it started in the fourth quarter of last year.
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Aeromexico will begin service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Mexico City beginning November 1, 2017. The daily nonstop flight will be on a 160-seat Boeing 737-800 airplane and will feature Clase Premier, AM Plus, and coach seating. Aeromexico serves more than 80 cities on three continents, including 44 destinations in Mexico, 19 in the United States, 15 in Latin America, four in Canada, four in Europe, and three in Asia.
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