Posted November 5, 2018

Parent of BA And Iberia Touts NDC Gains A Year After GDS Surcharge Launch

British Airways and Iberia parent International Airlines Group told investors last week that 17 percent of its indirect distribution volume is flowing through application programming interfaces or New Distribution Capability-based connections. IAG director of strategy Robert Boyle said the group is well positioned to beat the target of delivering 20 percent of indirect volume by 2020 as a participant in the International Air Transport Association's Leaderboard initiative. 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 March 16, 2018

AA, BA Prep Supplier-Direct Connections To Concur TripLink

It has been slow going for airlines to make good on commitments to enable Concur TripLink connections for bookings made on their direct websites, but a couple are gearing up to launch. 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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Posted December 15, 2017
Adam Daniels

INTERVIEW: BA Chief Commercial Officer Adam Daniels And Head Of Distribution Ian Luck

British Airways introduced a global distribution system surcharge on Nov. 1 but at the last minute signed "private channel" deals waiving the surcharge for travel agencies that committed to eventually take BA content through New Distribution Capability-standard connections. The Beat’s Amon Cohen talked to BA chief commercial officer Adam Daniels and head of distribution Ian Luck about the thinking behind private channel and how BA and the rest of the travel industry are evolving to a new distribution model. Read More »
Posted November 17, 2017

Most Of The Top U.K. TMCs Cut Deals On BA Surcharge

Most of the top 10 travel management companies in the U.K. have confirmed they've reached deals to waive British Airways' global distribution system surcharge for clients. Many of the TMCs, including the largest, described their arrangements as private-channel deals, the model facilitated by GDSs to shield customers from the airline's fee of 8 British pounds per fare component. Read More »
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Posted November 2, 2017

Travelport CEO Discusses The Decline And Fall Of Full Content For All

"The airlines are becoming more selective about who they distribute through," Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson said in an interview today. "I don't mean GDSs on this. I mean travel agencies." Read More »
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Posted November 1, 2017

BA Waiving Surcharge For Big Corporate Spenders, For Now

British Airways and Iberia today enacted their surcharge on global distribution system bookings that amounts to $10 per fare component. Yet some large corporate clients will not be subject to the fee, at least for a period, multiple sources confirmed. 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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