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2/20/2017

Air Canada's 2016 net profit has almost tripled that of 2015, with the company reporting $650 million. Revenue increased by 5.8% for the year.

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2/20/2017

Agents who are effective at selling travel insurance are knowledgeable and assured, and they offer insurance on all bookings, says CSA Travel Protection executive Bob Chambers. To close a deal, he says, it's effective to share with clients stories about how insurance helped travelers.

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2/20/2017

Eritrea's waters are chock-full of coral, tropical fish and such interesting finds as a sunken battleship, making the African country the perfect destination for travelers who love sea expeditions. When on land, visitors can stay at the affordable Dahlak Hotel and dine on sea bass at Salam.

2/20/2017

A huge problem with both storefront and home-based agents is that they're not visible over time to clients and prospects, says Mike Marchev. It's important for agents to consistently contact their clientele via calls, emails, letters or postcards over a specified period.

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Mike Marchev
2/20/2017

Alaska Airlines is making iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger available on flights equipped with Gogo, while making its entire catalog of streaming content available through March. The airline is upgrading food and beverage options, and 40% of the fleet supports the carrier's new premium class.

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2/20/2017

Atlas Air has been awarded a contract by Asiana Cargo to operate a trans-Pacific route using one of its Boeing 747-400 freighters. "Asiana takes pride in providing reliable, high-quality service, and we are very pleased to be chosen to manage an important part of its international network," said William Flynn, Atlas Air Worldwide's president and CEO.

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2/20/2017

Berkshire Hathaway, led by investor Warren Buffett, is boosting its confidence in the US airline industry, investing $10 billion in the largest US carriers. Buffett's investment includes $2.1 billion in American, $2.2 billion in United and $2.4 billion in Southwest.

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Business Insider
2/20/2017

Bob Hope Airport in California changed its name to Hollywood Burbank Airport last year, but the Federal Aviation Administration will continue to recognize the Bob Hope name. "Hollywood is one of the most powerful brand names in the world and adding it to the airport can only benefit the airport," said Leron Gubler of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

2/20/2017

Alaska Airlines will spend nearly $100 million over the next five years to expand and upgrade the 11 terminals it owns throughout Alaska. The airline is also investing $40 million in a new hangar in Anchorage.

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2/17/2017

Travelers have expressed a strong interest in visiting Cuba, although some prefer to wait until independent trips are possible. Almost 22% of Travel Leaders Group's agents have already booked clients for Cuba travel this year, according to a survey by the organization.

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