Posted July 20, 2017

Sabre Leans On DOJ-Amex Precedent In US Airways Appeal

Sabre on Wednesday filed a brief in support of its appeal of the December 2016 verdict and related U.S. District Court judgment on the antitrust contract claim it defended against US Airways and American Airlines, which adopted the case after the airlines' merger. Read More »
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Posted July 17, 2017

And The First NDC-Certified TMC Is … W Travel

New York-based W Travel this month staked its claim as the first corporate travel management company to achieve New Distribution Capability certification from the International Air Transport Association. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2017

LETTERS: ATPCO, BCD Travel And Pass Consulting Write In

ATPCO product strategy manager 
David Smith and Pass Consulting Group CEO Michael Strauss separately submit letters about the complexities of airline content aggregation. BCD Travel execs share thoughts on the Sabre Synxis breach. Read More »
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Posted June 30, 2017

TMCs Weigh Options On American's Distribution Model

Travel management companies are assessing American Airlines' proposal to pay agencies $2 per segment for transactions processed through its Farelogix-powered New Distribution Capability pipe. While the incentive amount from American is clear, the cost and effort agencies would shoulder to facilitate NDC connections is anything but. Read More »
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Posted June 29, 2017

Sabre Opens API Access For Sabre Red; GetThere And TripCase To Follow

Sabre is opening developer access to the application programming interfaces that underlie its Sabre Red Workspace agent desktop. This will let third-party developers and Sabre subscribers customize its off-the-shelf desktop or create their own agent desktops. Sabre plans to take a similar approach with its TripCase itinerary management mobile app and GetThere corporate booking tool, though those time lines are not yet firm. Read More »
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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 23, 2017 - Dallas

American Lures Agencies To Adopt NDC Connections With Content And Cash

In front of an audience of travel agency partners, distributors and travel tech providers here today, American Airlines is announcing a program that seeks agency buy-in to its New Distribution Capability-based distribution strategy. The optional program entices agencies to adopt NDC-based distribution methods with the promise of financial incentives, new servicing functionality and enhanced fare and ancillary content. Read More »
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Posted June 20, 2017

House Reps Weigh In On DOT's Suspended Airline Distribution Inquiry

A bipartisan group of 46 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao not to reopen a suspended public inquiry into airline distribution practices. On the flip side, a group of 17 House Democrats affixed signatures to another letter urging the prompt reopening of the request for information. Read More »
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Posted June 19, 2017

GUEST: Al Lenza On The Future Of Airline-GDS Distribution

The GDS model continues to be defective and inequitable from the airlines' standpoint. The primary beneficiaries continue to be the online and offline travel firms, the corporations and the GDSs. Yet, airlines absorb most of the costs of selling through GDSs. The model dates from when GDSs were the only efficient way for third parties to sell travel. 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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