Posted March 19, 2018

GDSs Advance Private Channel Discussions With Air France-KLM

With less than two weeks to go before Air France-KLM enacts an 11 euro per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, the Franco-Dutch airline group remains in discussions with GDS operators on private-channel arrangements that could shield select travel agencies from the fee. Read More »
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Posted March 16, 2018

AA, BA Prep Supplier-Direct Connections To Concur TripLink

It has been slow going for airlines to make good on commitments to enable Concur TripLink connections for bookings made on their direct websites, but a couple are gearing up to launch. Read More »
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Posted March 15, 2018

Do GDS Contracts Inflate Airfares? A Few U.S. Majors Say Yes

Next month, Lufthansa Group will begin selling its "best fares" exclusively through direct channels. British Airways, too, has plans to withhold some price points for short-haul fares from the traditional agency channel. Several major U.S. airlines would like to do the same, if only they weren't bound by global distribution system contract provisions that Lufthansa, BA and other European airlines have declined. Read More »
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Posted March 14, 2018

Lufthansa To Sell 'Best Fares' Exclusively Through Direct, NDC Channels Next Month

Effective next month, Lufthansa Group airlines will sell their "best fares" exclusively through direct channels or via New Distribution Capability-enabled application programming interfaces. Read More »
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Posted March 9, 2018

Report: FCM Loses Big Aussie Banking Client After Billing 'Abnormalities'

National Australia Bank has withdrawn significant business from Flight Centre Travel Group-owned travel management company FCM after concluding it was being overcharged for bookings, according a report this week by Fairfax Media, which publishes The Sydney Morning Herald and other Australian news outlets. Read More »
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Posted March 8, 2018

Sabre To Retire Mainframes By Year-End 2023, Joining First-Mover Amadeus

Sabre by the end of 2023 will migrate all its systems off IBM's Transaction Processing Facility mainframe operating system and onto more modern, open, cloud-based systems, the company told investors this week. It will join Amadeus, which retired its last mainframe last year. Read More »
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Posted March 5, 2018

Business Travel Direct Becomes First Traxo Marketplace TMC, Still Committed To Concur

U.K.-based Business Travel Direct has become the first travel management company to participate in Traxo Marketplace, which integrates travel data aggregator Traxo with other service providers to manage off-channel bookings. Read More »
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Posted March 1, 2018

United Airlines' Hilfman To Retire At Year-End

United Airlines senior vice president of worldwide sales and well-known industry veteran Dave Hilfman will retire from the airline at the end of the year. Read More »
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Posted March 1, 2018

Travel Leaders Group Faces A 'Me Too' Moment In Wrongful Termination Suit

A former Travel Leaders Group executive last month sued her former employer and two high-ranking executives on a variety of claims related to the U.S. Equal Pay Act, sexual harassment, negligence and defamation. Read More »
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Posted March 1, 2018

U.K. TMC CTI Will Bring In NDC Content With New Online Booking Tool

On April 1, U.K.-based travel management company CTI will introduce a white-labeled version of the Atriis online booking and content aggregation system. Called Plannet, the tool will pipe in supplier content via application programming interfaces, global distribution systems and online travel agencies. Read More »
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