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ARC and Expedia Post 2018 Annual Global Air Travel Outlook

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), in collaboration with Expedia, released its fourth annual study of worldwide air travel trends: The 2018 Air Travel Outlook Report.

According to a release, ARC and Expedia together conducted an original analysis of over one billion flights to spot trends that can help leisure and business flyers determine the best personal choices between the myriad of available air travel options. Egencia, the business travel company of Expedia, also provided analysis and commentary on corporate travel for this report.

ARC contributed detailed insights into changing travel patternssuch as the shift to longer advance purchasesand the resulting benefits to travelers. Some of the key findings from this study include:

-The advance purchase window for cost-effective ticket purchases continues to gradually increase as a result of strong demand. Business travelers are also beginning to understand this shifting dynamic, resulting in long-haul, premium flights being booked further in advance.

-For most economy or premium air travel, booking more than 30 days ahead is a good strategy for purchasing lower priced tickets.

-With few exceptions around the world, lower airfares for international and U.S. domestic economy seats were booked on a Sunday.

Chuck Thackston, ARC's managing director of data science and research, noted: "It's well understood that consumers who possess relevant information in tune with their personal preferences before they shop, will be more confident and likely to make a final purchase. With our continued strong relationship with Expedia, including Egencia, ARC is able to provide these broad-based insights on travel around the world both leisure and corporate that supports the continued growth of air travel and the travel industry as a whole. The ability to see what is changing and provide actionable data and insights to ARC's customers and travelers worldwide is core to ARC's analytical capabilities."

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Among other insights, the roundup revealed:

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