Australia-based Corporate Travel Management lowered its earnings outlook for its 2020 fiscal year, which ends in June, due to the unpredictable COVID-19 outbreak centered in China.
Airlines plan to rely on global distribution systems less and direct websites and GDS-bypass more. Most airlines that signed a GDS contract in the past three years used during negotiations the threat of shifting bookings. Meanwhile, a plurality of airlines expressed concerns about the pending Sabre-Farelogix tie-up. These are among the findings of a U.K. Competition and Markets Authority survey of 29 airlines, including some of the largest in the U.S. and Europe, fielded as part of its months-long probe into the Sabre-Farelogix deal.
Sabre since November 2018 has been waiting to seal its acquisition of Farelogix. It now has longer still to wait as the deal's fate rests on conclusions of two critical reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
British Airways' plan to impose agency debit memos on passive segments in global distribution systems will introduce a new financial headache for travel management companies, but Travelfusion is piloting a remedy.
Google ITA plans to launch NDC-compatible application programming interfaces and already "builds and manages direct connect APIs" for airlines, according to the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority's recap of an October 2019 meeting.
British Airways on Feb. 17 will announce a £10 agency debit memo for passive segments, the carrier has confirmed to The Beat.
Global distribution system bypass and direct connections are not part of Delta Air Lines' distribution strategy, but the carrier is open to them if agencies want them, according to a November 2019 video deposition of Delta managing director of revenue management development Derek Adair aired in court here this week.
Sabre CEO Sean Menke testified at trial here last week that Farelogix's technology enabling global distribution system bypass is not "competitive at all" with Sabre. Indeed, never in his Sabre tenure was Menke concerned about GDS bypass, he testified.