Posted July 19, 2018

GDS And OTA Lobby Escalates Lufthansa Complaint In Europe

A European trade body that represents global distribution systems and online travel agencies filed a complaint Thursday with a European watchdog. It alleges that authorities failed to adequately investigate Lufthansa Group's 16 euro global distribution system surcharge and to enforce European Union regulations. Read More »
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Posted July 19, 2018

Amex GBT CEO Talks Next Steps In HRG Deal, Now Complete

Two of the world’s largest travel management companies have become one. American Express Global Business Travel Thursday completed its 410 million British pound takeover of Hogg Robinson Group to create a TMC that handles a combined $36 billion in annual transaction value. The mega of all megas now has mega integration work ahead. Read More »
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Posted July 18, 2018

Amadeus Reaches Settlement On GDS Class Action Suit

Amadeus has reached a settlement agreement with consumer plaintiffs in a federal antitrust lawsuit filed in 2015 against the three major global distribution system operators. If the court approves the settlement, as it did for fellow GDS operator Travelport, Sabre would be left as the lone GDS defendant in the case, which seeks class-action status. Read More »
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Posted July 17, 2018

Distribution VP Cory Garner Will Depart American Airlines

American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner will leave the airline. The carrier has not named a replacement, but Garner "will remain with American until the end of the year to assist in the transition," according to an official. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2018

Amex GBT-HRG Acquisition Set To Close Next Week

American Express Global Business Travel expects to complete its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group on July 19 after European Union regulators cleared the deal on Friday. Read More »
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Posted July 12, 2018

Private Channel Deal Eludes Air France-KLM And Sabre Months After GDS Surcharge

More than three months after Air France-KLM introduced a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, Sabre and the airline group are at an impasse on reaching a private channel deal that would enable Sabre's agency subscribers selected by the airline group to book without fee. Read More »
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Posted July 12, 2018

Journera Takes In Funding, Locks In Deals And Eyes More Participants

Journera, the travel data exchange co-founded by Jeff Katz, has taken in $9 million in Series A funding and firmed up commercial agreements with six major airlines and hotel operators, the company announced Thursday. Read More »
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Posted July 2, 2018

Corporate Bundles Are Next Up In American Airlines' NDC Journey

American Airlines plans to test negotiated corporate bundles this year with clients of travel management companies that connect to the airline through an International Air Transport Association New Distribution Capability connection. Read More »
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Posted June 28, 2018

IATA Expands NDC Engagement With TMCs, Launches Reference Guide

Lately, IATA has taken more notice of TMCs and the realities of their tech stack, as the association, along with airlines and GDSs, works to bring NDC to scale. Read More »
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Posted June 27, 2018

TMC App Provider MTrip Will Maintain Corporate Focus After French OTA Acquires It

MisterFly, a French travel tech company best known for its namesake online travel agency, announced Tuesday that it has acquired mTrip, the Montreal-based mobile app builder that has gained a growing roster of travel management company clients. Read More »
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