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 »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
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 »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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 »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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 »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
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 »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer with reporting by Amon Cohen | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted October 28, 2014

Finnair Next In On Amadeus-UNICEF Partnership

Finnair has launched a program on its website that enables customers to donate to United Nations children's organization UNICEF, Amadeus announced. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted December 4, 2013

Amadeus, Iberia Kick Off UNICEF Donation Drive

Amadeus has made good on its plans to furnish micro-donation technology to support the United Nations Children’s Fund. The travel technology firm teamed with Iberia to enable visitors to the airline's website to donate between €3 and €20 as they complete a ticket purchase. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted August 16, 2011

INTERVIEW: BA's Simon Talling-Smith

BA executive vice president for the Americas Simon Talling-Smith talks with The Beat's Jay Boehmer Read More »
Posted April 15, 2011
Mark Webb

INTERVIEW: BA's Mark Webb

British Airways senior vice president of sales and marketing for North America Mark Webb discusses joint AA-BA-Iberia corporate and agency contracts. Read More »
Posted March 18, 2011

Combined Airline Deals, Good or Bad?

I was surprised to read that one of the new British Airways/Iberia/American Airlines triumvirate had stated that the market can expect combined corporate deals within the coming few months. Astonishing, really, considering alliances have been finding reasons ranging from antitrust to market difference to avoid doing such a thing in the past. However, if they now go ahead, it has the potential to impact the market as significantly as direct connect. Read More »
Posted by: Limey Mike | More by Limey Mike
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