Posted December 15, 2017
Adam Daniels

INTERVIEW: BA Chief Commercial Officer Adam Daniels And Head Of Distribution Ian Luck

British Airways introduced a global distribution system surcharge on Nov. 1 but at the last minute signed "private channel" deals waiving the surcharge for travel agencies that committed to eventually take BA content through New Distribution Capability-standard connections. The Beat’s Amon Cohen talked to BA chief commercial officer Adam Daniels and head of distribution Ian Luck about the thinking behind private channel and how BA and the rest of the travel industry are evolving to a new distribution model. Read More »
Posted December 13, 2017

Travelport Becomes First GDS Certified As NDC Level 3 Aggregator

Travelport today became the first global distribution system operator to achieve the International Air Transport Association's highest-level certification as an aggregator under the New Distribution Capability initiative. As such, Travelport made good on its target to achieve Level 3 NDC status by early 2018. Read More »
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Posted December 8, 2017

IATA Embarks On 'Critical Mass' Phase Of NDC Adoption As Airlines, GDSs Buy In

The International Air Transport Association is concluding the "first five-year cycle" of its New Distribution Capability standard-making initiative and embarking on the next, two-year phase to "drive a critical mass of NDC transactions," according to presentation slides for remarks NDC program director Yanik Hoyles delivered this week. Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2017

Hogg Robinson Looks To NDC To Rebuild Falling Revenues

Client wins inspired by early global leadership in New Distribution Capability will help Hogg Robinson Group reverse long-term revenue declines in the coming months, CEO David Radcliffe claimed during the group’s half-year results presentation last week. Read More »
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Posted November 22, 2017

HRG Reaches Highest-Level NDC Certification

HRG this week achieved Level 3 certification as a travel seller under the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability initiative, making it one of the few travel management companies to land certification at any level. Read More »
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Posted October 26, 2017

Amadeus Commits To Level 3 NDC Timing, Joining Sabre And Travelport

Amadeus in 2018 expects to become Level 3 certified as an aggregator through the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, the company announced this week. 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 October 10, 2017

Amadeus Facilitates TMC Deals With IAG Carriers To Waive GDS Surcharges

American Express Global Business Travel, HRG and Key Travel are among the travel management companies that will be shielded from British Airways' and Iberia's global distribution system surcharge, set to take effect Nov. 1. The fee waivers, for now, extend to bookings with Amadeus, which has facilitated TMC arrangements with International Airlines Group carriers. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer with reporting by Amon Cohen | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted October 2, 2017

HRG To Avoid IAG's GDS Surcharge In Some Markets, More Agency Exemptions To Come

Sister airlines British Airways and Iberia have announced a "New Distribution Capability related agreement" that exempts Hogg Robinson Group from their distribution surcharge of €9.50 per fare component set to take effect Nov. 1. Read More »
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Posted July 17, 2017

And The First NDC-Certified TMC Is … W Travel

New York-based W Travel this month staked its claim as the first corporate travel management company to achieve New Distribution Capability certification from the International Air Transport Association. Read More »
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