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Week in Review

After a brief hiatus, the Week in Review is back. Head to the GBTA Blog every Friday for a weekly recap of the latest business travel news.

As category three Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii, major U.S. airlines are cancelling flights and offering travel waivers to impacted passengers, Business Insider reports.

Marriott International has completed the integration of its three loyalty programs, Buying Business Travel notes. Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest will now “operate under one set of unified benefits and one currency”.

Hyundai is investing $14.3 million USD in Indian car rental startup Revv, TechCrunch writes. Revv provides consumers with on-demand car rentals and uses a model similar to Zipcar.

According to Travel Market Report, major airlines are rolling out new benefits for corporate customers aimed to please road warriors and travel professionals alike.

A potential pilot shortage could have repercussions on the way we fly in the near future, Condé Nast Traveler reports.

4Hoteliers shares findings from an IATA survey that suggests significant growth in aviation jobs is expected. However, the survey does not address the forecast shortages of pilots and maintenance technicians.

GBTA Convention 2018 wrapped up just over a week ago in the beautiful and sunny San Diego. As we celebrated our 50th anniversary of Convention, innovation and the future of business travel were the predominant themes throughout the event.

According to USA TODAY, Lufthansa tops the ranking of Europe’s 30 biggest airlines (by available seat miles).

Delta’s newest jets will have fewer middle seats than typical jets, Skift reports. The airline plans to deploy the jets on key business routes and in markets where its most lucrative passengers fly.

Changi Airport Group has launched a “Changi Stopovers in Singapore” program in order to attract passengers traveling through the airport, Business Traveller notes.