Posted June 23, 2017 - Dallas

American Lures Agencies To Adopt NDC Connections With Content And Cash

In front of an audience of travel agency partners, distributors and travel tech providers here today, American Airlines is announcing a program that seeks agency buy-in to its New Distribution Capability-based distribution strategy. The optional program entices agencies to adopt NDC-based distribution methods with the promise of financial incentives, new servicing functionality and enhanced fare and ancillary content. Read More »
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Posted June 20, 2017

House Reps Weigh In On DOT's Suspended Airline Distribution Inquiry

A bipartisan group of 46 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao not to reopen a suspended public inquiry into airline distribution practices. On the flip side, a group of 17 House Democrats affixed signatures to another letter urging the prompt reopening of the request for information. Read More »
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Posted June 19, 2017

GUEST: Al Lenza On The Future Of Airline-GDS Distribution

The GDS model continues to be defective and inequitable from the airlines' standpoint. The primary beneficiaries continue to be the online and offline travel firms, the corporations and the GDSs. Yet, airlines absorb most of the costs of selling through GDSs. The model dates from when GDSs were the only efficient way for third parties to sell travel. Read More »
Posted by: Al Lenza | More by Al Lenza
Posted June 8, 2017

Jeff Katz's Cross-Supplier Data Exchange Goes Into Testing

It's been nearly a year since Jeff Katz, BCG and several major U.S. airlines and hotels debuted a data exchange concept to facilitate personalized in-trip experiences for travelers and target merchandizing to them. Since then, Dihedral has rebranded to Journera and expanded its executive team, while engineers and data scientists built a minimum viable product. Now, Journera and partners are moving from construction to testing. Read More »
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Posted June 7, 2017

Sabre Downplays Impact Of BA, Iberia Surcharges On Its Own Business

Late last month, Sabre stated that it was disappointed to see British Airways and Iberia initiate a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, effective Nov. 1, and to "impose costs and inconvenience for those using the GDS channel." Read More »
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Posted May 30, 2017

Addressing Some Pressing Questions On IAG's GDS Surcharge

Long rumored to be in the works, International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia last week announced plans to surcharge global distribution system bookings, effective Nov. 1. The fee comes to £8 or US$10 per "fare component," generally defined as a one-way ticket or half a round-trip. Below are answers to some questions that have arisen since IAG formalized its plans. They include reactions from industry stakeholders, IAG's path ahead, ways for bookers to avoid the proposed GDS surcharge and some context relative to Lufthansa Group's initiative, which turns two-years-old this week. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2017

Sabre Takes A Hit As Air Berlin's Restructuring Halts PSS Migration

Sabre will record a charge on its books of up $100 million in relation to the termination of a contract with Air Berlin, whose planned migration to the SabreSonic passenger services system had been sidelined as the carrier restructures. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2017

BA And Iberia Announce GDS Surcharge

International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia finally announced to the travel trade this morning a long-expected charge for bookings through indirect channels such as global distribution systems. Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
Posted May 24, 2017

HRG Acquires German Booking Platform, Advances Direct Distribution Strategy

Girding for a shakeup in the way major airlines distribute content to the corporate market, travel management company HRG is advancing efforts to facilitate direct connections between airlines and corporate clients. Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen with reporting by Jay Boehmer | More by Amon Cohen
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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