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 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 September 24, 2018

Lufthansa Group To Pull Some Fare Types From GDSs

Effective Oct. 9, Lufthansa Group will remove its Light brand of economy fares and Business Saver business class fares entirely from the three major global distribution systems in the German market. Read More »
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Posted July 19, 2018

GDS And OTA Lobby Escalates Lufthansa Complaint In Europe

A European trade body that represents global distribution systems and online travel agencies filed a complaint Thursday with a European watchdog. It alleges that authorities failed to adequately investigate Lufthansa Group's 16 euro global distribution system surcharge and to enforce European Union regulations. Read More »
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Posted May 18, 2018

BA Slaps Down Agency Card Payments

The International Air Transport Association amended Resolution 890 in November to allow agents to pay carriers with cards in agencies' own names "if permitted by the airline." Such permission is not coming from the largest European carriers. Read More »
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Posted May 17, 2018

GDS Surcharges, Agent Incentives, Lower Fares: Lufthansa Tries It All For NDC Adoption

Through the end of the year, the Lufthansa Group will offer a 1 euro per-segment incentive for travel agencies in the U.K. and Ireland that book through its Farelogix-powered SPRK point-of-sale application, the group announced. Read More »
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Posted March 14, 2018

Lufthansa To Sell 'Best Fares' Exclusively Through Direct, NDC Channels Next Month

Effective next month, Lufthansa Group airlines will sell their "best fares" exclusively through direct channels or via New Distribution Capability-enabled application programming interfaces. Read More »
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Posted January 31, 2018

With A Big Idea And A White Paper, Winding Tree Looks To Raise Millions In Coin Offering

Through an initial coin offering that kicks off Thursday, blockchain-based distribution startup Winding Tree hopes to raise $10 million to develop a decentralized and open platform for transacting air, hotel and other travel components. Read More »
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Posted November 2, 2017

Travelport CEO Discusses The Decline And Fall Of Full Content For All

"The airlines are becoming more selective about who they distribute through," Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson said in an interview today. "I don't mean GDSs on this. I mean travel agencies." Read More »
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Posted October 20, 2017

Air France-KLM GDS Surcharge Looms

Air France and KLM are poised to introduce a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to airline and travel management company sources. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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