Posted November 17, 2017

Most Of The Top U.K. TMCs Cut Deals On BA Surcharge

Most of the top 10 travel management companies in the U.K. have confirmed they've reached deals to waive British Airways' global distribution system surcharge for clients. Many of the TMCs, including the largest, described their arrangements as private-channel deals, the model facilitated by GDSs to shield customers from the airline's fee of 8 British pounds per fare component. Read More »
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Posted November 16, 2017

Now Deep In Discovery, Consumer Suit Against GDSs Takes Another Bite At Conspiracy Apple

Conspiracy allegations have encircled the major global distribution system operators for years, but none have stuck. Read More »
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Posted November 14, 2017

Heeding Trump's Drive To Deregulate, DOT Asks Public Which Regulations To Axe

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking public comments "on existing rules and other agency actions that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension or modification," according to a notice in the Federal Register last month. Read More »
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Posted November 10, 2017

Amadeus Lays Out Multisource Airline Distribution Approach

Amadeus has formalized a multisource approach to airline distribution with its new Convergence Platform, which aims to aggregate airline content regardless of source and integrate it into established, global distribution system-based workflows for travel agencies. Read More »
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Posted November 7, 2017
Emmanuelle Gailland

INTERVIEW: Air France-KLM VP Of Distribution Emmanuelle Gailland

Air France-KLM in January 2018 will launch a New Distribution Capability-based application programming interface. An agency reservations portal and introduction of an 11 euro (US$13) global distribution system surcharge are scheduled to follow in April. The Beat's Amon Cohen spoke with VP of distribution Emmanuelle Gailland to learn more about the group's views on indirect distribution. Read More »
Posted November 6, 2017

LETTER: AmTrav CEO Offers A Path Forward For Airline Distribution

AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee submitted the following letter in response to an article last week in which The Beat discussed recent developments and the evolution of airline distribution with Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson. Read More »
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Posted November 3, 2017

Air France-KLM Announces €11 Per-Way GDS Surcharge, NDC API

Air France-KLM plans to launch a New Distribution Capability-based application programming interface in January 2018. As expected, it also will introduce an €11 per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, effective April 1, 2018. On the same date, Air France-KLM will release an online booking portal for travel agencies. 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 November 1, 2017

BA Waiving Surcharge For Big Corporate Spenders, For Now

British Airways and Iberia today enacted their surcharge on global distribution system bookings that amounts to $10 per fare component. Yet some large corporate clients will not be subject to the fee, at least for a period, multiple sources confirmed. Read More »
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Posted October 31, 2017

Hurricanes Ding Sabre Q3 Bookings

Sabre's worldwide global distribution system bookings rose 3 percent year over year during the third quarter to 130 million. Air bookings and nonair bookings each rose roughly 3 percent year over year to 114 million and 16 million, respectively. Read More »
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