Posted August 15, 2018

Amadeus And Travelport Try To Distance Themselves From 'GDS' Moniker

Amadeus and Travelport have long provided systems that facilitate the distribution of travel content on a global basis. Yet, each has distanced itself from the "global distribution system" tag and all the baggage that comes with it. Read More »
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Posted August 8, 2018

Amex GBT, CWT Working On NDC With Amadeus, Too

Amadeus announced American Express Global Business Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel will pilot airline distribution in accordance with the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard. The announcement came Wednesday, a day after competing distribution player Sabre announced its own NDC pilots with those two mega travel management companies. Read More »
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Posted July 27, 2018

European Contraction Dings Amadeus GDS Share In Q2, As NDC Work Advances

Airline bookings processed worldwide on the Amadeus global distribution system during the second quarter rose 3 percent year over year to 145 million. Airline bookings across all major GDSs rose nearly 5 percent, representing a rare year-over-year decline in market share for Amadeus. Read More »
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Posted July 18, 2018

Amadeus Reaches Settlement On GDS Class Action Suit

Amadeus has reached a settlement agreement with consumer plaintiffs in a federal antitrust lawsuit filed in 2015 against the three major global distribution system operators. If the court approves the settlement, as it did for fellow GDS operator Travelport, Sabre would be left as the lone GDS defendant in the case, which seeks class-action status. Read More »
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Posted May 10, 2018

Amadeus Shakes Up Executive Roles In North America

Amadeus this year has restructured its executive organization in North America. Several C-suite leaders in the region—including CEO, chief marketing officer and COO—have or are in the midst of departing. Those C-level roles in North America no longer exist as part of a broader reorganization. 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 March 30, 2018

Amadeus, Travelport Finalize Private Channel Deals With Air France-KLM

Amadeus and Travelport this week confirmed they have individually reached private-channel agreements with Air France-KLM. Read More »
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Posted March 23, 2018

IATA 'Leader Board' Airlines Get Ready To Push Real NDC Transaction Volume

IATA is establishing a program for what it called Leader Board airlines engaged with NDC. These carriers each will commit to delivering at least 20 percent of their volume through NDC-capable application programming interfaces by 2020. Read More »
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Posted March 19, 2018

GDSs Advance Private Channel Discussions With Air France-KLM

With less than two weeks to go before Air France-KLM enacts an 11 euro per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, the Franco-Dutch airline group remains in discussions with GDS operators on private-channel arrangements that could shield select travel agencies from the fee. Read More »
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Posted March 15, 2018

Do GDS Contracts Inflate Airfares? A Few U.S. Majors Say Yes

Next month, Lufthansa Group will begin selling its "best fares" exclusively through direct channels. British Airways, too, has plans to withhold some price points for short-haul fares from the traditional agency channel. Several major U.S. airlines would like to do the same, if only they weren't bound by global distribution system contract provisions that Lufthansa, BA and other European airlines have declined. Read More »
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