Posted May 26, 2017

Sabre Takes A Hit As Air Berlin's Restructuring Halts PSS Migration

Sabre will record a charge on its books of up $100 million in relation to the termination of a contract with Air Berlin, whose planned migration to the SabreSonic passenger services system had been sidelined as the carrier restructures. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2017

BA And Iberia Announce GDS Surcharge

International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia finally announced to the travel trade this morning a long-expected charge for bookings through indirect channels such as global distribution systems. Read More »
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Posted May 24, 2017

HRG Acquires German Booking Platform, Advances Direct Distribution Strategy

Girding for a shakeup in the way major airlines distribute content to the corporate market, travel management company HRG is advancing efforts to facilitate direct connections between airlines and corporate clients. Read More »
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Posted May 19, 2017

Travelport Launches Two BI Tools For Agencies

Travelport has launched two business intelligence products for travel agencies aimed at evaluating operational performance and managing deals with suppliers. Read More »
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Posted May 18, 2017

How Many Trip Options Do Bookers Need? One Will Do For Daimler

Many travel buyers obsess over supplier deals and policy compliance as they try to keep a lid on travel costs. Yet, "the real cost driver is the fact that we are generating a lot of administrative efforts with our travelers," Daimler head of global travel management Bernd Burkhardt said in a recent interview. Read More »
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Posted May 9, 2017

Travelport GDS Segments Grow In The First Quarter

Travelport beat analyst expectations on revenue and earnings for the first quarter and reported that travel agency segments processed through its global distribution systems—including air, car and hotel bookings—rose 4 percent year over year to 93 million. Read More »
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Posted May 5, 2017

Amadeus Adds A Point Of GDS Air Share On Strong Q1 Booking Growth

Amadeus reported that total travel agency air bookings rose 9 percent year over year to 154 million during the first quarter. Growth rates in Latin America, Asia/Pacific and North America were especially strong. Read More »
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Posted April 27, 2017 - London

Two U.K. TMCs Go Direct With Lufthansa

Lufthansa Group has established its first two global distribution system-bypass connections to travel management companies. Both Portman Clarity and Click Travel are based in the U.K. and have histories of establishing direct connections to travel suppliers. Read More »
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Posted April 26, 2017

Now Part Of DXC Technology, Shares Looks To Regain Airline PSS Relevance

In recent years, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services' airline passenger services system, Shares, has suffered significant client attrition. US Airways folded into merger partner American Airlines' Sabre-powered system, Virgin Atlantic transitioned to a PSS controlled by partner Delta Air Lines, and Copa Airlines has agreed to shift to Sabre, though implementation has been delayed. Read More »
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Posted April 21, 2017

PwC Pipes In Flybe Corporate Fares In Multi-Party NDC Effort

In February, U.K.-based regional carrier Flybe proclaimed itself "the first airline in the world to successfully implement the New Distribution Capability standard to the entire value chain of business travel industry stakeholders." The airline had successfully piped negotiated corporate fares to client PwC through the KDS booking tool. It did so in conjunction with aggregator Travelfusion, travel management company HRG and Flybe's passenger services system provider Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which was renamed DXC Technology this month. Read More »
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