Posted January 10, 2019

Air India Goes Dark In Amadeus, Following Travelport's Exclusive Deal

Last month, Air India stopped participating in the Amadeus global distribution system, and the carrier plans to limit participation in Sabre next year. The actions follow an exclusive distribution agreement Air India inked with Travelport, which will see the GDS operator, hungry for growth in India, become the sole distributor of Air India's domestic fare content in the carrier's home market. Read More »
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Posted January 9, 2019

United Tests Blockchain Settlement With ARC, Blockskye And A Large Client

United Airlines, airline settlement clearinghouse ARC, a large corporate client of United and travel blockchain entrant Blockskye have completed a proof of concept to examine reporting and settlement through a blockchain ledger for flights booked on the airline's website. Read More »
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Posted December 19, 2018

CWT Reluctantly Taps Travelfusion For Lowest Lufthansa Fares

Carlson Wagonlit Travel has begun piloting access for its reservations consultants to Lufthansa Group’s lowest fares via the aggregator Travelfusion. But the mega travel management company is less than ecstatic about it. Read More »
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Posted December 14, 2018

Sabre Seeks Settlements Directly With Plaintiffs To Resolve GDS Consumer Suit

As the only remaining defendant in a consumer-led lawsuit against the three major global distribution systems, Sabre has moved to settle out of court with each of the remaining plaintiffs. Read More »
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Posted December 12, 2018

BA Trials Long-Haul NDC Fare Differentiation

On Tuesday, British Airways began testing new inventory buckets in business and economy classes on Boston and Dubai routes, some of which only are available for purchase through the airline's direct channels or New Distribution Capability-compatible connections. Read More »
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Posted December 10, 2018

Travelport Agrees To Go Private

Publicly traded global distribution system operator Travelport has agreed to be taken private by Siris Capital Group and Evergreen Coast Capital, which plan to buy outstanding common shares for $15.75 each and assume Travelport's debt in a deal valued at $4.4 billion, the company announced Monday. Read More »
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Posted December 6, 2018

Report: Travelport Private Equity Acquisition Is Nigh

A consortium that includes Siris Capital Group and Elliott Management are in late-stage talks to acquire Travelport, Reuters reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources. Read More »
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Posted December 5, 2018
Heike Birlenbach

INTERVIEW: Lufthansa Group's Heike Birlenbach

Lufthansa Group's withdrawal of its lowest Light economy and Business Saver business class fares from global distribution systems is the latest push in its mission to transform airline distribution. For an update on the group's plans, The Beat met Lufthansa Group SVP sales hub airlines and chief commercial officer of the Frankfurt hub Heike Birlenbach, Lufthansa's key distribution strategist from a commercial viewpoint, at the Global Business Travel Association Europe conference in Berlin. Read More »
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Posted December 3, 2018

Tramada Turns On Post-Booking NDC Plumbing With CTM

Last week, a group of travel management companies in an open letter likened New Distribution Capability to a "half-built house." They want to deliver on the standard's promise of richer content for clients, they wrote, but they must enable their own new distribution capabilities to "fulfill customer requirements of comparability, policy control, cost management, reporting and duty of care." Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2018

Urged 'To Do More' On NDC, TMCs See A Key Role And 'A Half-Built House'

A group of 15 travel management companies, including American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Egencia, signed an open letter in response to travel buyers who had urged the industry "to do more" to advance the New Distribution Capability standard and account for buyer needs. Read More »
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