Posted June 6, 2018

In Memoriam: The Paper Airline Ticket (Yes, It's Finally Gone)

The paper airline ticket died last week after more than a decade-long battle with obsolescence and failing health. Nearly 100 years old by some accounts, the paper ticket is survived by the e-ticket. Read More »
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Posted May 23, 2018

Qantas Lines Up Travelport, CTM And Serko For NDC Connections

Qantas this week announced that a few partners have agreed to access content through its new Farelogix-powered application programming interface that is based on the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard. Read More »
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Posted May 18, 2018

BA Slaps Down Agency Card Payments

The International Air Transport Association amended Resolution 890 in November to allow agents to pay carriers with cards in agencies' own names "if permitted by the airline." Such permission is not coming from the largest European carriers. Read More »
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Posted May 17, 2018

GDS Surcharges, Agent Incentives, Lower Fares: Lufthansa Tries It All For NDC Adoption

Through the end of the year, the Lufthansa Group will offer a 1 euro per-segment incentive for travel agencies in the U.K. and Ireland that book through its Farelogix-powered SPRK point-of-sale application, the group announced. Read More »
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Posted May 9, 2018

Who Pays? NDC's Evolution Can't Shake The Question

Who foots the bill for the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability? The question has elicited plenty of debate at recent industry events but little clarity. Read More »
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Posted May 4, 2018

Amadeus Reports 'Strong' GDS Bookings, But Western Europe Falls On Share Shift

Total first-quarter bookings processed through Amadeus' global distribution system rose 3.4 percent year over year to 177 million, as airline bookings rose nearly 4 percent to 160 million and non-air bookings increased 1 percent to 17 million. The Spain-based travel distribution and IT company reported its own air booking growth was in line with total GDS industry levels, according to its quarterly earnings report Friday. Read More »
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Posted May 3, 2018

Travelport Quiet On Activist Investor As Q1 Revenue Rises, GDS Segments Fall

Following prepared remarks from executives on Travelport's first-quarter earnings call Thursday, CEO Gordon Wilson preempted questions on the stake that entities affiliated with activist investor Paul Singer took in the company. That investment was revealed in late March. Read More »
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Posted May 1, 2018

Sabre Raises Full-Year Outlook As GDS Bookings Start Strong

Sabre reported strong bookings growth across its global distribution system business for the first three months of the year and expects the trend to continue through 2018. The GDS operator and travel IT company raised its full-year earnings, revenue and GDS booking volume forecast, lifted in part by what executives, during an earnings conference call, painted as a healthy travel industry backdrop. Read More »
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Posted April 19, 2018

Sabre: Airlines Need To Address Gaps In NDC APIs

The International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability initiative is treading a path to critical mass. Each of the global distribution system operators is supporting that endeavor and working to adapt airlines' NDC-based application programming interfaces into their environments. Read More »
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Posted April 17, 2018

Megas Mimic Amex GBT's Non-GDS Booking Fee For Clients

BCD Travel revealed details of a new worldwide fee program to handle for clients airline bookings made outside global distribution systems. BCD joins other mega travel management companies: Carlson Wagonlit Travel broadly enacted a similar initiative last month, following American Express Global Business Travel's move in 2016 to institutionalize fees for bookings that don't conform to industry booking standards. Read More »
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