Posted December 12, 2018

BA Trials Long-Haul NDC Fare Differentiation

On Tuesday, British Airways began testing new inventory buckets in business and economy classes on Boston and Dubai routes, some of which only are available for purchase through the airline's direct channels or New Distribution Capability-compatible connections. Read More »
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Posted December 10, 2018

Travelport Agrees To Go Private

Publicly traded global distribution system operator Travelport has agreed to be taken private by Siris Capital Group and Evergreen Coast Capital, which plan to buy outstanding common shares for $15.75 each and assume Travelport's debt in a deal valued at $4.4 billion, the company announced Monday. Read More »
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Posted December 6, 2018

Report: Travelport Private Equity Acquisition Is Nigh

A consortium that includes Siris Capital Group and Elliott Management are in late-stage talks to acquire Travelport, Reuters reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources. Read More »
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Posted December 5, 2018
Heike Birlenbach

INTERVIEW: Lufthansa Group's Heike Birlenbach

Lufthansa Group's withdrawal of its lowest Light economy and Business Saver business class fares from global distribution systems is the latest push in its mission to transform airline distribution. For an update on the group's plans, The Beat met Lufthansa Group SVP sales hub airlines and chief commercial officer of the Frankfurt hub Heike Birlenbach, Lufthansa's key distribution strategist from a commercial viewpoint, at the Global Business Travel Association Europe conference in Berlin. Read More »
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Posted December 3, 2018

Tramada Turns On Post-Booking NDC Plumbing With CTM

Last week, a group of travel management companies in an open letter likened New Distribution Capability to a "half-built house." They want to deliver on the standard's promise of richer content for clients, they wrote, but they must enable their own new distribution capabilities to "fulfill customer requirements of comparability, policy control, cost management, reporting and duty of care." Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2018

Urged 'To Do More' On NDC, TMCs See A Key Role And 'A Half-Built House'

A group of 15 travel management companies, including American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Egencia, signed an open letter in response to travel buyers who had urged the industry "to do more" to advance the New Distribution Capability standard and account for buyer needs. Read More »
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Posted November 26, 2018

BCD Travel To Test NDC Bookings With Lufthansa Group, Non-GDS Aggregators

BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators. Read More »
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Posted November 23, 2018

Europe Opens Antitrust Probe Into Amadeus And Sabre, Eying Agreements With Airlines, Agencies

The European Commission on Friday announced it has opened an investigation into Amadeus and Sabre to explore whether the agreements each has with airlines and travel agencies "restrict competition in breach of E.U. antitrust rules." Read More »
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Posted November 14, 2018

Sabre Agrees To Acquire Farelogix To Boost Airline Retailing And NDC Stature

Sabre has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Farelogix for $360 million. Read More »
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Posted November 7, 2018

Amadeus Isn't Sweating GDS Disintermediation, Despite European Carrier Actions

Amadeus during its third-quarter results presentation Wednesday acknowledged that moves by the three largest European airline groups to surcharge global distribution system bookings and drive bookings directly to their own channels are playing a role in disintermediating the GDSs. Yet, CEO Luis Maroto said he wasn't too worried about an acceleration in disintermediation. Read More »
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