Posted November 16, 2017

Now Deep In Discovery, Consumer Suit Against GDSs Takes Another Bite At Conspiracy Apple

Conspiracy allegations have encircled the major global distribution system operators for years, but none have stuck. Read More »
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Posted November 10, 2017

Amadeus Lays Out Multisource Airline Distribution Approach

Amadeus has formalized a multisource approach to airline distribution with its new Convergence Platform, which aims to aggregate airline content regardless of source and integrate it into established, global distribution system-based workflows for travel agencies. Read More »
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Posted October 31, 2017

Sources: Sabre, Travelport Poised To Facilitate IAG Fee Waivers For Some TMCs

With the clock ticking, Sabre and Travelport are nearing distribution arrangements that will help shield select travel management companies from the booking surcharge British Airways and Iberia plan to enact on Wednesday. Read More »
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Posted October 27, 2017

IAG: GDS Costs Rise, Payoff Will Come Later

Discussing the International Airlines Group's approach to global distribution systems in May, CEO Willie Walsh said British Airways and Iberia were "prepared to take some short-term pain to get some long-term structural change in that relationship." Read More »
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Posted October 26, 2017

Amadeus Commits To Level 3 NDC Timing, Joining Sabre And Travelport

Amadeus in 2018 expects to become Level 3 certified as an aggregator through the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, the company announced this week. Read More »
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Posted October 19, 2017

For Many, NDC Roads Lead Back To GDSs

When it comes to piping in airline content that meets the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner suggested that "most" corporate travel agencies should "stay right where you are and wait for more." Read More »
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Posted October 12, 2017
Mike Qualantone

INTERVIEW: Amex GBT EVP Mike Qualantone Talks IAG Deal

British Airways and Iberia are asserting more control over which agencies can secure, via global distribution systems, full fare content and waivers of their booking surcharge, which will take effect next month. American Express Global Business Travel is among the travel management companies that have entered into a new arrangement with the International Airlines Group airlines to waive the surcharge, assure sustained access to fares and inventory and, via the GDS channel, set the course for upgraded connectivity. Amex GBT EVP of global supplier relations Mike Qualantone caught up with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer to discuss IAG's distribution model. Read More »
Posted October 10, 2017

Amadeus Facilitates TMC Deals With IAG Carriers To Waive GDS Surcharges

American Express Global Business Travel, HRG and Key Travel are among the travel management companies that will be shielded from British Airways' and Iberia's global distribution system surcharge, set to take effect Nov. 1. The fee waivers, for now, extend to bookings with Amadeus, which has facilitated TMC arrangements with International Airlines Group carriers. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer with reporting by Amon Cohen | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted September 25, 2017

Trainline For Business Launches Single API For International Rail

U.K. domestic corporate rail booking provider Trainline for Business has marched into the product territory held by SilverRail after launching a single application programming interface for international rail. Read More »
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Posted July 28, 2017

Amadeus: GDS Air Bookings Slowed In Second Quarter

Worldwide airline bookings transacted on the Amadeus global distribution system rose 2 percent year over year to 141 million during the second quarter, slowing sharply from the first quarter's 9 percent year-over-year growth rate. Read More »
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