Posted January 12, 2018

BEAT SHEET: Corporate Travel Outlook; Sabre's Court Costs; DOT Rule Backlash; Radius Activity

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
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Posted January 5, 2018

Evercore Equity Analysts See Huge Competitive Advantages For Amadeus, Downgrade Competitors

Evercore ISI equity analysts this week upgraded the outlook for Amadeus but lowered outlooks for its primary competitors: Sabre and Travelport. Read More »
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Posted January 3, 2018

Airlines Back States In Amex Supreme Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Feb. 26 on a case involving anti-steering provisions American Express has included in contracts with merchants that accept its cards. Read More »
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Posted December 15, 2017
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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 14, 2017

Ryanair Leaves Amadeus And Sues Expedia, Asserting Direct-First Approach

Ryanair has long maintained an aggressively direct-first distribution philosophy. It calls Ryanair.com the most heavily trafficked airline website in the world, as well as its preferred platform to keep distribution costs down, nurture direct relationships with customers and, not least, sell them an array of ancillary products for which the low-cost carrier is famous. Read More »
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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 December 7, 2017

DOT Withdraws Bag Fee Disclosure Rulemaking

As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Transportation this week officially withdrew a proposed rulemaking that would have required airlines and ticket agents to disclose at all points of sale itinerary-specific details on applicable fees for up to two checked bags and carry-on luggage. Read More »
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Posted December 6, 2017

Airlines Seize On DOT's Opening To Review And Repeal Regulations

The U.S. Department of Transportation this month closed a comment period that asked anyone in the public to flag regulations or other department actions that are ripe for review or repeal. Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2017

In Settlement Deal, Travelport Agrees To 'Cooperation' In Case Against Rival GDSs

Through a settlement agreement, Travelport has agreed to cooperate with plaintiffs of a consumer antitrust lawsuit that seeks to show at trial how remaining defendants, Amadeus and Sabre, conspired to impose full content restrictions on U.S. airlines and thereby inflate the cost of air travel. Read More »
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