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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Posted April 6, 2017
John Snyder

INTERVIEW: BCD Travel CEO John Snyder

Last year, BCD Travel commenced a plan to grow earnings by 35 percent over three years. As CEO John Snyder sees it, such growth is essential to reinvesting in the business. Achieving growth targets requires strong sales, high client retention and most likely more acquisitions. Snyder discussed the company's strategic direction, corporate travel distribution, mobile technology and BCD's growing role in hotel sales. Read More »
Posted April 5, 2017

Sabre: US Airways 'Lost On Virtually Every Front' In Antitrust Case

"US Airways brought a behemoth antitrust case and came away with almost nothing," Sabre starkly proclaimed in a court filing this week. In the filing, Sabre put a positive spin on the case that yielded US Airways, now American Airlines, a favorable jury verdict on one antitrust claim. Read More »
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Posted March 24, 2017

FlightStats, Gant And United Work On A More 'Perfect Waiver' Process

When severe weather and other disruptions strike, airlines issue waivers that allow travelers to rebook or cancel flights without the typical fees. Yet, carriers have used manual methods to pass waiver information to travel agencies like emails or posts on their websites. Read More »
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Posted March 23, 2017

Europe Warns Of Shady Airline Compensation Claims Processors

Airline passengers impacted by some canceled flights and long delays or involuntary bumping in Europe are entitled to receive as much as €600 from culpable airlines under European Union law. Finalized in 2004 and taking effect the following year, EC Regulation 261 established "common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights." Around this passenger protection, an industry of claims chasers has proliferated. Some of them, the European Commission noted this month, are shady. Read More »
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Posted March 22, 2017

American, Other Airlines Fail In Declaratory Judgment Bid In Sabre Case

A bid by American Airlines and other major carriers for declaratory judgment in the US Airways-Sabre case has failed, according to an order issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield. Read More »
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Posted March 17, 2017

Lufthansa CEO Says Other Airlines Will Follow

Lufthansa Group's global distribution system bill has grown substantially since the launch of its contentious distribution strategy in 2015. Last year, GDS expenses rose to €449 million, according to the company's annual report this week. No bother to Lufthansa, though: Its GDS surcharge effectively shifts those costs to users. Read More »
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