Posted June 12, 2018

CWT Brings Air Booking To Mobile App With API Assist From Sabre

Carlson Wagonlit Travel plans to roll out flight booking capabilities on its CWT To Go mobile app in the second half of the year, CEO Kurt Ekert said. Already, mobile flight booking is testing with clients in what Ekert called an "aggressive pilot phase." Read More »
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Posted May 30, 2018

CTM Isn't Waiting For GDSs To Move On NDC

CTM isn't waiting for a global distribution system or leaning on a third-party aggregator to hook in NDC application programming interfaces, CTM founder and managing director Jamie Pherous said during an interview this week. Instead, CTM is using homegrown aggregation and booking tech to connect to airlines. Read More »
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Posted May 1, 2018

Sabre Raises Full-Year Outlook As GDS Bookings Start Strong

Sabre reported strong bookings growth across its global distribution system business for the first three months of the year and expects the trend to continue through 2018. The GDS operator and travel IT company raised its full-year earnings, revenue and GDS booking volume forecast, lifted in part by what executives, during an earnings conference call, painted as a healthy travel industry backdrop. Read More »
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Posted April 19, 2018

Sabre: Airlines Need To Address Gaps In NDC APIs

The International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability initiative is treading a path to critical mass. Each of the global distribution system operators is supporting that endeavor and working to adapt airlines' NDC-based application programming interfaces into their environments. Read More »
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Posted April 12, 2018

BookingBuilder, Sabre Ink Developer Deal, Leaving Decade-Old Feud Behind

BookingBuilder and Sabre have signed an authorized developer agreement to extend BookingBuilder's two core agency products to Sabre subscribers, amicably concluding a standoff between the global distribution system operator and agency tech provider. Read More »
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Posted March 30, 2018

Amadeus, Travelport Finalize Private Channel Deals With Air France-KLM

Amadeus and Travelport this week confirmed they have individually reached private-channel agreements with Air France-KLM. Read More »
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Posted March 19, 2018

GDSs Advance Private Channel Discussions With Air France-KLM

With less than two weeks to go before Air France-KLM enacts an 11 euro per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, the Franco-Dutch airline group remains in discussions with GDS operators on private-channel arrangements that could shield select travel agencies from the fee. Read More »
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Posted March 15, 2018

Do GDS Contracts Inflate Airfares? A Few U.S. Majors Say Yes

Next month, Lufthansa Group will begin selling its "best fares" exclusively through direct channels. British Airways, too, has plans to withhold some price points for short-haul fares from the traditional agency channel. Several major U.S. airlines would like to do the same, if only they weren't bound by global distribution system contract provisions that Lufthansa, BA and other European airlines have declined. Read More »
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Posted March 8, 2018

Sabre To Retire Mainframes By Year-End 2023, Joining First-Mover Amadeus

Sabre by the end of 2023 will migrate all its systems off IBM's Transaction Processing Facility mainframe operating system and onto more modern, open, cloud-based systems, the company told investors this week. It will join Amadeus, which retired its last mainframe last year. Read More »
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Posted February 14, 2018

Sabre Sees Plenty Of Airlines Committing To Full Content, Despite European Outliers

Sabre signed more than 40 airlines to full content global distribution agreements in 2017, demonstrating "that many carriers around the world like the model the way it is," Sabre president and CEO Sean Menke said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call. Read More »
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