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 »
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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 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 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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