Posted May 2, 2017

Sabre: GDS Bookings Were Better Than Expected In First Quarter

During the first quarter, Sabre benefited from a "better-than-expected booking environment," CEO Sean Menke said, and its global distribution system bookings rose 6 percent year over year. 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

Ukraine International Airlines Waives GDS Surcharge For Partner Agencies

Ukraine International Airlines enacted a $9 per-segment surcharge on travel agency bookings, effective April 13, to "cover the growing fees of global distribution systems," the carrier confirmed. In conjunction, however, the airline offered a seemingly straightforward option for travel agencies to avoid additional expense. 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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Posted April 20, 2017

ATPCO, Routehappy Align For Airline Rich Content Distribution

ATPCO and Routehappy are starting small with a partnership announced today that augurs deeper alignment between the two for distribution of rich airline product content. Read More »
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Posted April 19, 2017

Flight Disruption Startup Freebird Brings In More TMC Partners

Mobile flight disruption and rebooking tech startup Freebird is bringing more travel management companies into the fold, announcing reseller deals with Altour, Options Travel, Safe Harbors Business Travel, Short’s Travel Management and Travel and Transport. They join early adopters Flight Centre Travel Group and Casto Travel. Read More »
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Posted April 13, 2017

30SecondsToFly Has Sights On AI Travel Management, Not Just Booking

At this stage of her career development, Claire is training to become a travel agent. She's still learning how to interact with travelers for booking. Trip cancellations and changes are especially challenging, so a supervisor has to step in. Claire's career goal is to become a corporate travel manager. It's an ambitious plan, since Claire is software wrapped in a bot brought to you by 30SecondsToFly, a startup that is building an "artificially intelligent employee for corporate travel management." Read More »
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Posted April 11, 2017

Direct Travel's Largest Deal Yet Shows Global Ambitions

Announcing a merger agreement Monday, U.S.-based travel management company Direct Travel and Canada's Vision Travel took "the first step towards a shared strategy to build a global company." Read More »
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Posted April 11, 2017

American And Sabre Each Appeal Rulings In A Case That Won't Quit

Ever since a jury handed down a verdict against Sabre on a federal antitrust contract claim brought by US Airways, the global distribution system operator has vowed to appeal. As expected, Sabre filed the paperwork to do so last week. More surprisingly, American Airlines—which merged with US Airways after the suit was filed in 2011—also is appealing a couple of rulings in the course of the nearly six-year case. Read More »
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