Posted June 27, 2017

Concur Leans On Travelfusion For Airline NDC Connections

Concur has established its own direct connections to a few airlines so bookers can access content not readily available through global distribution systems. However, the SAP-owned T&E giant now is leaning on aggregator Travelfusion to hook up with carriers using the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, Concur SVP of supplier services Charlie Sultan said last week during a panel at an American Airlines NDC summit in Dallas. Read More »
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Posted June 7, 2017

Sabre Downplays Impact Of BA, Iberia Surcharges On Its Own Business

Late last month, Sabre stated that it was disappointed to see British Airways and Iberia initiate a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, effective Nov. 1, and to "impose costs and inconvenience for those using the GDS channel." Read More »
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Posted May 30, 2017

Addressing Some Pressing Questions On IAG's GDS Surcharge

Long rumored to be in the works, International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia last week announced plans to surcharge global distribution system bookings, effective Nov. 1. The fee comes to £8 or US$10 per "fare component," generally defined as a one-way ticket or half a round-trip. Below are answers to some questions that have arisen since IAG formalized its plans. They include reactions from industry stakeholders, IAG's path ahead, ways for bookers to avoid the proposed GDS surcharge and some context relative to Lufthansa Group's initiative, which turns two-years-old this week. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2017

BA And Iberia Announce GDS Surcharge

International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia finally announced to the travel trade this morning a long-expected charge for bookings through indirect channels such as global distribution systems. Read More »
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Posted May 5, 2017

BA Parent Seeks 'Structural Change,' Calls GDS Relationships 'Not Sustainable'

British Airways parent International Airlines Group soon will reveal plans to reshape participation in major global distribution systems, likely opting out of full content provisions and changing the terms on which it distributes fares and related content in the travel agency and corporate channels. 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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Posted March 1, 2017

Sabre, Travelport Achieve IATA NDC-Certified Status For Ancillary Sales

The International Air Transport Association certified Sabre Travel Network and Travelport as aggregators that have demonstrated the ability to support its New Distribution Capability standard for airline ancillary sales. As such, Travelport and Sabre became the first and second global distribution systems, respectively, to achieve some level of NDC-capable status as aggregators, while Amadeus remains "in progress," according to IATA. Read More »
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Posted December 8, 2016
Ian Luck

INTERVIEW: British Airways Distribution Strategy Manager Ian Luck

British Airways has provided a steady flow of distribution-related announcements in recent weeks, including the ability to offer negotiated corporate fares via New Distribution Capability messaging and signing up to Concur TripLink. Ian Luck has led distribution strategy at BA for the past 18 months, so The Beat contributing editor Amon Cohen caught up with him to understand better where the airline is heading with its distribution to corporate clients. Read More »
Posted May 12, 2016

NDC Gains Operational Steam With Buy-In From BA, Emirates And Others

After years of theorizing, arguing, piloting and "will-it-or-won’t-it-happen?" speculation, the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability is gaining some ground as an operational reality. This month, IATA reported that 15 airlines have deployed at least part of the industry standard it published in September 2015. IATA also claimed that 20 of the world's top 25 airline groups have deployed or plan to deploy NDC. The progress prompted program director Yanik Hoyles to declare, "NDC is now mainstream." Read More »
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Posted December 20, 2013

THE BEAT SHEET: Airline-GDS Terminations; Inflight Phone Calls; DOT Rulemaking Update

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation will not release the Enh... Read More »
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