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 »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted November 26, 2018

BCD Travel To Test NDC Bookings With Lufthansa Group, Non-GDS Aggregators

BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted November 21, 2018

INTERVIEW: Adelman Travel CEO Andy McGraw

Corporate travel industry veteran Andy McGraw joined Milwaukee-based Adelman Travel as CEO in May 2017. Since then, the travel management company has positioned itself as a mobile-first "platform as a service" operator, underpinned by its mobile app, Adelman Virtual Assistant, or AVA, and an upgrade to its workforce management and agent-facing technology. He spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer. Read More »
Posted November 13, 2018

Amex GBT Partners With Lola To Fill A Gap For The Small And The Simple

American Express Global Business Travel today is announcing a commercial deal with Lola to fill a product gap in the mega travel management company's product portfolio for small and midsize companies that have less complexity than typical Amex GBT clients. Lola, meanwhile, gains a large ally to boost adoption of its technology for travelers and travel program administrators in the lightly managed corporate travel sector. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted November 5, 2018

Parent of BA And Iberia Touts NDC Gains A Year After GDS Surcharge Launch

British Airways and Iberia parent International Airlines Group told investors last week that 17 percent of its indirect distribution volume is flowing through application programming interfaces or New Distribution Capability-based connections. IAG director of strategy Robert Boyle said the group is well positioned to beat the target of delivering 20 percent of indirect volume by 2020 as a participant in the International Air Transport Association's Leaderboard initiative. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted November 1, 2018

Travelport GDS Segments Fall On 'Customer Headwinds'

Global distribution system segments processed by Travelport—including air, hotel, car and rail—fell 4 percent year over year during the third quarter amid "customer headwinds," the company reported Thursday. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted October 31, 2018

CTM Concedes Misstatements On Patents And Office Locations But Slams Hedge Fund's Short Thesis

Publicly traded Australian travel management company Corporate Travel Management spent this week in damage control mode following a damning report from a hedge fund. That hedge fund has taken a short position in the company's stock and stands to gain on a fall in CTM's share price. Read More »
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Posted October 30, 2018

New CWT Deal Starts To Move Share To Sabre

Total bookings processed via the Sabre global distribution system rose nearly 8 percent year over year during the third quarter to 140 million, the company reported Tuesday. Air bookings rose 8 percent to 123 million, while non-air bookings, including lodging and ground, rose 7 percent to 17 million. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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