Posted September 25, 2017

Trainline For Business Launches Single API For International Rail

U.K. domestic corporate rail booking provider Trainline for Business has marched into the product territory held by SilverRail after launching a single application programming interface for international rail. Read More »
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Posted September 21, 2017

TMCs, Tech Companies Up Their Game In Rapidly Growing India

When Travelport signed Indian online travel agency MakeMyTrip as a customer last month, this was no ordinary client acquisition. MakeMyTrip, which serves more than 40 million active app users and Web customers, is the No. 1 OTA in a market hotter than a vindaloo curry for the global travel management and distribution industry. Read More »
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Posted September 18, 2017

European Air Payment Is In Flux On Multiple Fronts

The Beat reported this month that airline members of the International Air Transport Association will vote in November on whether to accept travel agencies' own payment cards for tickets. It's one of several major issues transforming how travel management companies handle air payments, especially in Europe. Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2017

GDS Lobby Says European Commission Is 'Dragging Its Feet' On Lufthansa Surcharge Probe

The European Commission is deliberately "dragging its feet" over an investigation into Lufthansa Group’s €16 surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to the European Technology and Travel Services Association. The GDS and online travel agency trade body is working with Members of European Parliament, or MEPs, to force a decision from the commission over whether Lufthansa's GDS surcharge breaches European regulations on computer reservations systems, a synonym for GDSs. Read More »
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Posted September 6, 2017

IATA Airlines Will Vote On Lifting Ban On Agency Card Payments

Travel agents accredited by the International Air Transport Association could be allowed to pay airlines using their own cards for the first time if carriers approve a significant change to the association's contentious Resolution 890. 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 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 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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