Posted April 21, 2017

PwC Pipes In Flybe Corporate Fares In Multi-Party NDC Effort

In February, U.K.-based regional carrier Flybe proclaimed itself "the first airline in the world to successfully implement the New Distribution Capability standard to the entire value chain of business travel industry stakeholders." The airline had successfully piped negotiated corporate fares to client PwC through the KDS booking tool. It did so in conjunction with aggregator Travelfusion, travel management company HRG and Flybe's passenger services system provider Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which was renamed DXC Technology this month. Read More »
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Posted January 12, 2016

Aggregator Travelfusion Eyes Growing Role Amid Distribution Evolution

If airline distribution is to mutate in the coming years, whether through the adoption of IATA's New Distribution Capability standards or global distribution system deterrents like Lufthansa Group’s booking fee, expect Travelfusion to play a supporting role. Read More »
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Posted October 22, 2015

American Airlines To Deliver Paid Seats To Sabre Next Month Using NDC-Based XML

In November, American Airlines will begin transmitting a la carte seat-sale capabilities to subscribers of Sabre. It's the first global distribution system to integrate with the airline's XML-based application programming interface, American Airlines managing director of distribution and data commercialization Cory Garner said today at the ARC TravelConnect conference in Washington, D.C. Read More »
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Posted July 8, 2015

Orbitz For Business, Atlas Tap Prime Numbers' API To Push Scorecards To Point Of Sale

Orbitz for Business is tapping into a new scorecard application programming interface from Prime Numbers Technology to push scorecards and compliance data directly to corporate travelers at the point of sale. Prime also named sister company Atlas Travel as a travel management company user of its Traveler Scorecard API, released in May. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted May 13, 2015

New Distribution Capability Standards Near Validation, Still Plenty For Corporates To Assess

The International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability in July will take another important step from drawing board to reality when IATA's Passenger and Airport Data Interchange Standards Board is scheduled to validate NDC standards for shopping, booking, servicing, payment and ticketing. PADIS's validation will stamp IATA member airlines' seal of approval on a strategy intended to make indirect airline sales much more like direct sales. Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
Posted November 19, 2013

New Version Of Short's Booking Tool Leverages Travelport's Universal API

Very few travel management companies have a homegrown booking tool. Short's Travel Management is in that small group and strives to refresh its system about every year and a half. The latest version, Short's Travel Online 4.0, uses Travelport's Universal Application Programming Interface and adds some features meant to mimic consumer tools. It went live last month. Read More »
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Posted August 22, 2013

Despite No Deal On AA Direct Connect, Sabre Anticipates Content Parity

As the only major global distribution system operator thus far opting not to use American Airlines' direct-connect application programming interface, Sabre potentially yields a content advantage to Amadeus and Travelport. But Sabre president Greg Webb said he is confident the distributor would maintain parity with competitors. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted May 2, 2013

NuTravel Hooks In Southwest API

Online booking tool provider nuTravel in December signed an agreement with Southwest Airlines that in July 2013 will make "full" Southwest content available in its main booking matrix. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Campbell | More by Jay Campbell
Posted April 11, 2013

Travelport Claims Greater Flexibility Than Competitors On Airline Connections

If agreements with Air Canada and American Airlines didn't already make it evident, Travelport executives this week laid bare the company's willingness to distribute airfares and ancillaries through a carrier's chosen connection—be that an XML application programming interface, traditional fare filing or a combination. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted March 20, 2013

COMMENT: RIP AA's Direct Connect (2009-2013)

I was at home last week suffering from strep throat when American Airlines and Travelport announced their agreement, and since "You'll see! We'll sign a Direct Connect deal with a GDS!" was AA's February reaction to my January argument that the company had effectively poisoned its Direct Connect program, my mind got to racing about how I should respond. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Campbell | More by Jay Campbell
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