Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company, has appointed Skyservice, Canada's - one of the country's busiest fixed-base operators (FBO), as its exclusive Sales Agent for Canada.
Skyservice will sell the Wheels Up total aviation flight solution, including the King Air 350i, to Canadian customers through its operations in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.
Tapping into the offering of its closed-fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft, Wheels Up and Skyservice predict significant demand for flights between Canada and the United States.
Wheels Up forged an exclusive partnership with Beechcraft in August 2013 through an order of 105 King Air 350i aircraft, valued in excess of $1.4 billion, including support agreements.
Wheels Up member flights commenced in November 2013 following the delivery of the first of nine aircraft delivered in 2013, while an additional 26 King Air 350i aircraft will be delivered to Wheels Up between now and mid-2015.
With the Beechcraft King Air 350i's versatility, Wheels Up members can book flights to and from Toronto's Billy Bishop City Centre Airport conveniently located in downtown Toronto, providing a significant savings in overall travel time.
"Canada is a strong and exciting market for Wheels Up, particularly trans-border flights from major cities like Toronto and Montreal, to key destinations including New York, Boston, and Chicago," said Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up. "
Tool allows hotel and venue sales teams to respond to eRFPs faster
ACTIVE Network Business Solutions has launched a tool that allows hotel and venue sales teams to respond to eRFPs up to 70% faster than before. Part of the SMART EVENTS Cloud, ACTIVE MarketView 3.0features a completely redesigned user interface and navigation structure, with the ability to respond to eRFPs in a single page, with far fewer clicks.
Formerly StarCite MarketView, the new tool connects buyers from small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), associations and Fortune 500 companies with properties in ACTIVE's supplier marketplace, which includes hundreds of thousands of hotels and venues around the world. ACTIVE MarketView 3.0 allows users to answer eRFP questions with pre-populated "favorite" responses, such as information about meeting location specifications, default language, and default currency, saving hours of time and ensuring consistency across responses. Additionally, answers to eRFP questions are automatically saved, so hotels and venues can answer different parts of the eRFP in any order without having to follow a wizard.
"Our goal is to provide suppliers with technology that gives them time back in their day to focus on high-value activities, such as building relationships with customers," said David O'Donohoe, General Manager, Suppliers with ACTIVE Network Business Solutions. "By making it quick and easy to accurately respond to eRFPs in a single page with pre-populated answers, ACTIVE MarketView 3.0 meets these needs."
"The volume of eRFPs we receive is increasing and organizers are planning events with short notice," said Rodahl Leong-Lyons, Vice President of Sales for the Americas at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "We need a tool that allows us to quickly and completely respond to each eRFP, in order to demonstrate to planners why we are the best fit for their event. ACTIVE Network understands these challenges and has developed a solution that allows this, freeing us up to spend less time on data entry and more time focusing on our customers."
Crash City Guides app to be integrated into WanderWe
Oversee.net, an internet company that owns and operates a portfolio of websites and mobile apps in travel, retail and consumer finance, has acquired Crash City Guides, a network company of Idealab.
The free, location-based discovery attraction app for iPhones will be integrated into WanderWe, Oversee's new weekend travel site which was launched in beta in November, 2013. The purchase price of the transaction was not disclosed.
WanderWe is a travel startup completely focused on the 2-4 day weekend getaway market. The site enables travelers to book all aspects of their travel including hotel, activities and tours.
"Crash's vibrant community, photos and content assets in several destinations match very well with our plans for WanderWe," said Raj Beri, General Manager, Online Travel Group. "We can showcase their unique, curated and crowdsourced tourist attractions that go beyond the mainstream to a broader audience in 2014. Their loyal and passionate user base fits well with our users who are searching for the perfect weekend getaway."
"WanderWe's purchase of Crash is a perfect fit for its content and community," noted Crash founder Erick Laubach. "Our content is unique and off the beaten path. Crash was the first app to focus on a city's photo-worthy attractions, sites and public art."
WanderWe is fully incubated and funded through 2014 by Oversee.net which also owns multiple other online properties in travel, retail and consumer finance.