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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Posted April 10, 2017

CTM Preps Homegrown Online Booking System For U.S. Market

The number of travel management companies with homegrown online booking tools in the United States is relatively small, but Australia-based Corporate Travel Management plans to join their ranks this year with the launch of its Lightning system. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer with reporting by Amon Cohen | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted April 5, 2017

Sabre: US Airways 'Lost On Virtually Every Front' In Antitrust Case

"US Airways brought a behemoth antitrust case and came away with almost nothing," Sabre starkly proclaimed in a court filing this week. In the filing, Sabre put a positive spin on the case that yielded US Airways, now American Airlines, a favorable jury verdict on one antitrust claim. Read More »
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Posted April 3, 2017

Radius Enlists Leisure-Focused mTrip For Multinational App Development

Global travel management company network Radius Travel has signed a partnership with Montreal-based mobile services provider mTrip to build an app for multinational clients of Radius. Read More »
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Posted March 31, 2017

Amadeus Pushing Rail Merchant Model With Eye On Asia/Pacific Region

Amadeus is consolidating rail travel content via a new merchant model option for rail providers, a model the company expects could bring together the fragmented Asia/Pacific rail system. Read More »
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