Posted November 6, 2017

LETTER: AmTrav CEO Offers A Path Forward For Airline Distribution

AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee submitted the following letter in response to an article last week in which The Beat discussed recent developments and the evolution of airline distribution with Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson. Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2017

LETTER: IATA Responds To Article On Agency Payments

The International Air Transport Association submitted a letter in response to an article last week on Resolution 890 and an upcoming airline member vote on whether to allow agents to pay using their own payment cards. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2017

LETTERS: ATPCO, BCD Travel And Pass Consulting Write In

ATPCO product strategy manager 
David Smith and Pass Consulting Group CEO Michael Strauss separately submit letters about the complexities of airline content aggregation. BCD Travel execs share thoughts on the Sabre Synxis breach. Read More »
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Posted June 19, 2017

GUEST: Al Lenza On The Future Of Airline-GDS Distribution

The GDS model continues to be defective and inequitable from the airlines' standpoint. The primary beneficiaries continue to be the online and offline travel firms, the corporations and the GDSs. Yet, airlines absorb most of the costs of selling through GDSs. The model dates from when GDSs were the only efficient way for third parties to sell travel. Read More »
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Posted May 4, 2017

GUEST: ASTA's Mark Meader On Full Content

Concerns surrounding airline/GDS "full content" agreements have been very much in the media of late, and with the prevalence of news articles on the topic, the American Society of Travel Agents reached out to a number of its members to obtain a read on the situation. Read More »
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Posted April 28, 2017

COMMENT: Stop Saying That!

"The word 'millennial' has been banned from my office," American Express Global Business Travel digital traveler vice president Evan Konwiser this week told a crowd at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives conference in New York. Like Konwiser, we all have our "millennials"—words or phrases that we deride, that don't accurately describe something, that get overused or misused, that have outlived their usefulness or that have become cliché. Read More »
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Posted March 17, 2017

LETTER: Yapta CEO Counters Farelogix CEO's Perspective On Full Content

In a guest column this week, Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson took aim at full content agreements between airlines and global distribution systems. Yapta CEO James Filsinger submitted a letter in response. Read More »
Posted March 13, 2017

GUEST: Jim Davidson Asks, Have We Finally Had Our Fill Of Full Content?

Ever since the jury verdict was returned in the Sabre-US Airways antitrust trial in federal court in New York City in December, a lot of us have been mulling over the fate of GDS-prescribed full content provisions contained in most airline-GDS distribution agreements. Read More »
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Posted September 30, 2016

LETTER: IATA Replies To Guest Column On NDC

In a guest column, noGDS CEO Christian Kameir took issue with aspects of the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standards. Among his criticisms were IATA's use of XML as NDC's programming language. IATA responded to clarify its standard and progress in adopting formats other than XML. Read More »
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Posted September 28, 2016

GUEST: NDC Provides 'No Discernible Contributions' For Travel Sellers

Christian Kameir, a former exec with travel management company Traveltrust and CEO of travel market startup noGDS, submitted this column on the International Air Transport Association's New Distributi... Read More »
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