The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

March 3, 2022


It’s GovTravels Lite Week!

This week NDTA, the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), and the General Services Administration (GSA) have put together a virtual series of speakers, panels, demonstrations, and meetings. If you missed any of it, videos of all open sessions will be available on NDTA’s website soon. […READ MORE…]


SFPC: Meet MG Heidi J. Hoyle: Global Force Protection: Ports & Surface Deployment of Forces

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS) welcomes Major General Heidi J. Hoyle, USA as a keynote speaker at the 2022 NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC) to be held May 17-19, 2022, at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. […READ MORE…]


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State of the Union

In case you missed it, Tuesday President Joe Biden delivered the State of the Union address.

THE PRESIDENT: Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President, our First Lady, and Second Gentleman. Members of Congress and the Cabinet. Justices of the Supreme Court. My fellow Americans. Last year COVID-19 kept us apart. This year we are finally together again. […READ MORE…]


FAA Expands Use of Independent Review Groups When Certifying Aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is continuing to make progress in reforming its aircraft certification processes.

This week, the agency expanded the use of independent groups of internal and external safety experts for certification projects such as commercial aircraft, smaller aircraft, and drones. These reviews, called Technical Advisory Boards (TAB), help the FAA have a consistent and thorough approach for all aircraft certification projects. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

How Travel is Being Impacted by the Ukraine Invasion
(CNN)  Ukraine’s airspace is closed, as is the airspace of the country’s neighbor Moldova and part of Belarus. A growing list of countries have closed their airspace to Russian aircraft and in return, Russia closed its airspace to 36 countries. Meanwhile, the US government’s Federal Aviation Administration told US pilots to avoid “the entire country of Ukraine, the entire country of Belarus and a western portion of Russia.” The conflict could redraw the world air map.

A Top Candidate for FAA Administrator Job on Aviation Challenges Ahead
(Skift)  A top candidate for Federal Aviation Administrator says his deep involvement in investigating Colgan Air Flight 3407 makes clear his longstanding commitment to aviation safety. “The safety focus has been paramount to me,” John Boccieri, a United pilot, vice commander of the Pittsburgh Air Force base, and a former U.S. Congressman, told Skift in his first interview since his name surfaced as a potential candidate to be the U.S.’s next chief aviation regulator.

A New California Law Could Make Your Next Car Rental More Expensive
(The New York Times)  For more than 30 years, California had prohibited rental car companies from charging for additional drivers. Not anymore.

Tire Shortage Forces Operators to Find Creative Ways to Keep Buses Rolling
(Bus & Motorcoach News)  As motorcoach operators gradually pull away from the pandemic-caused economic roadblock, they still face a potential speed bump caused by the prolonged shortage of a crucial component – tires. The tire shortage has forced operators to find creative ways of making sure they have enough supply to keep their buses rolling as the industry recovers and travel demand rises.

As Travel Rebounds, Airlines Offer Perks Like a $10,000 Signing Bonus to Draw New Employees
(Chicago Tribune)  Airlines are racing to hire workers as they anticipate more travelers returning to the skies, and some are offering incentives to try to draw new employees. In Chicago alone, United Airlines is offering a $10,000 signing bonus to new part-time ramp agents, baggage handlers, belt and cargo loaders, and other positions. Southwest Airlines will increase starting pay for some Chicago roles to $18 an hour beginning March 1.

The Rise of ‘Bleisure’ Trips: How Post-Pandemic Business Travel Will Change
(Computer World)  Business travel revenue is expected to return to normal by the end of 2024. But how workers participate in face-to-face meetings, how long they stay, and what new amenities they’ll get will be very different.

Extended Stay Hotels Play the Long Game
(NBC News)  As travel picks up and the phenomenon of remote work continues to blur the lines between business and leisure, extended-stay hotels are having a moment.

Rising Oil Prices Are Set to Force Airlines to Raise Fares
(Forbes)  The No. 1 threat to the airline industry’s recovery appears to have switched from Covid worries to rising oil prices, exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Experts say airfares are likely to rise — but perhaps with some restraint by the carriers.

How Will Self-Driving Cars Change the Hospitality Industry?
(Analytics Insight)  Self-driving automobiles (or autonomous vehicles) are becoming as competent as, if not better than, human drivers. And firms such as Google, Tesla, and Uber are pushing the boundaries of innovation in order to dominate the field. And, there are several ways self-driving cars will impact the hospitality business in the future.


New SAP Concur Partnership Signals More Value to Business Travelers and Travel Managers Through Concur TripLink
(SAP Concur)  We are excited to announce Amtrak will join the Concur® TripLink ecosystem of suppliers, providing corporate customers with the ability to have better visibility and travel management into Amtrak bookings, regardless of whether they occur in the Concur® Travel booking tool or directly via the Amtrak website or mobile app.

Choice Hotels’ Upscale Portfolio Continues to Outperform the Industry
(Choice Hotels)  Choice Hotels International, Inc.’s (NYSE: CHH) upscale brands, the Ascend Hotel Collection and Cambria Hotels, achieved domestic systemwide RevPAR index share gains versus its local competitors in 2021 compared to the same period of 2019.

SIXT, One of the World’s Leading International Mobility Providers and Hospitality Group Accor Announce Multi-Year Strategic Partnership – Providing Great Benefit for Customers
(SIXT)  SIXT and Accor have announced a forward-oriented strategic partnership. This alliance of two leading European companies within the tourism industry will provide additional attractive benefits for guests and employees of Accor – worldwide and free of charge. This will also increase the global brand visibility for SIXT among business and leisure customers.

Wyndham Gains Momentum Across Europe, Middle East, Eurasia, and Africa
(Wyndham Hotels & Resorts)  Wyndham Hotels & Resorts continues to expand across Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia, and Africa (EMEA) with a number of recent hotel launches and a strong line-up of openings expected in 2022.


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