Posted May 5, 2017

Amadeus Adds A Point Of GDS Air Share On Strong Q1 Booking Growth

Amadeus reported that total travel agency air bookings rose 9 percent year over year to 154 million during the first quarter. Growth rates in Latin America, Asia/Pacific and North America were especially strong. Read More »
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Posted May 5, 2017

BA Parent Seeks 'Structural Change,' Calls GDS Relationships 'Not Sustainable'

British Airways parent International Airlines Group soon will reveal plans to reshape participation in major global distribution systems, likely opting out of full content provisions and changing the terms on which it distributes fares and related content in the travel agency and corporate channels. Read More »
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Posted May 4, 2017

GUEST: ASTA's Mark Meader On Full Content

Concerns surrounding airline/GDS "full content" agreements have been very much in the media of late, and with the prevalence of news articles on the topic, the American Society of Travel Agents reached out to a number of its members to obtain a read on the situation. Read More »
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Posted May 2, 2017

Sabre: GDS Bookings Were Better Than Expected In First Quarter

During the first quarter, Sabre benefited from a "better-than-expected booking environment," CEO Sean Menke said, and its global distribution system bookings rose 6 percent year over year. Read More »
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Posted April 27, 2017 - London

Two U.K. TMCs Go Direct With Lufthansa

Lufthansa Group has established its first two global distribution system-bypass connections to travel management companies. Both Portman Clarity and Click Travel are based in the U.K. and have histories of establishing direct connections to travel suppliers. Read More »
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Posted April 26, 2017

Now Part Of DXC Technology, Shares Looks To Regain Airline PSS Relevance

In recent years, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services' airline passenger services system, Shares, has suffered significant client attrition. US Airways folded into merger partner American Airlines' Sabre-powered system, Virgin Atlantic transitioned to a PSS controlled by partner Delta Air Lines, and Copa Airlines has agreed to shift to Sabre, though implementation has been delayed. Read More »
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Posted April 21, 2017

Ukraine International Airlines Waives GDS Surcharge For Partner Agencies

Ukraine International Airlines enacted a $9 per-segment surcharge on travel agency bookings, effective April 13, to "cover the growing fees of global distribution systems," the carrier confirmed. In conjunction, however, the airline offered a seemingly straightforward option for travel agencies to avoid additional expense. Read More »
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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 April 20, 2017

ATPCO, Routehappy Align For Airline Rich Content Distribution

ATPCO and Routehappy are starting small with a partnership announced today that augurs deeper alignment between the two for distribution of rich airline product content. Read More »
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Posted April 11, 2017

American And Sabre Each Appeal Rulings In A Case That Won't Quit

Ever since a jury handed down a verdict against Sabre on a federal antitrust contract claim brought by US Airways, the global distribution system operator has vowed to appeal. As expected, Sabre filed the paperwork to do so last week. More surprisingly, American Airlines—which merged with US Airways after the suit was filed in 2011—also is appealing a couple of rulings in the course of the nearly six-year case. Read More »
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