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 3, 2017

Air France-KLM Announces €11 Per-Way GDS Surcharge, NDC API

Air France-KLM plans to launch a New Distribution Capability-based application programming interface in January 2018. As expected, it also will introduce an €11 per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, effective April 1, 2018. On the same date, Air France-KLM will release an online booking portal for travel agencies. Read More »
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Posted October 31, 2017

Hurricanes Ding Sabre Q3 Bookings

Sabre's worldwide global distribution system bookings rose 3 percent year over year during the third quarter to 130 million. Air bookings and nonair bookings each rose roughly 3 percent year over year to 114 million and 16 million, respectively. 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 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 September 14, 2017

GDS Lobby Says European Commission Is 'Dragging Its Feet' On Lufthansa Surcharge Probe

The European Commission is deliberately "dragging its feet" over an investigation into Lufthansa Group’s €16 surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to the European Technology and Travel Services Association. The GDS and online travel agency trade body is working with Members of European Parliament, or MEPs, to force a decision from the commission over whether Lufthansa's GDS surcharge breaches European regulations on computer reservations systems, a synonym for GDSs. Read More »
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Posted August 3, 2017

Travelport Confirms Slow GDS Market For Q2

The global distribution system market was slow going for Amadeus and Sabre during the second quarter, but each reported slight growth in bookings. It was slower still for Travelport, which reported no growth of reported segments—including air, car and hotel bookings—processed through its GDSs on a year-over-year basis. 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 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 June 6, 2017

GDSs Elongate Travel Agency Deal Cycles

When Sabre went public in 2014, it disclosed that global distribution contracts with major travel agencies lasted three to five years on average. Fast-forward to this year, Sabre's major travel agency customers "typically" contract for five to 10 years, according to its latest annual report. Read More »
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