When American Airlines in October announced new deals with the major global distribution systems, the airline said its best content would be reserved for its direct channels, while its best third-party content would require New Distribution Capability-based connections. American now is fleshing out its plans.
Corporate Travel Management's acquisition of Travel and Transport two years ago set into motion a repositioning of the Radius Travel network and tested member loyalties. Recent moves by former Radius members show a redrawing of the network's map.
Qantas on Tuesday made good on its plans to launch preferred pricing on Australian domestic fares for agencies tapping New Distribution Capability-based connections. The Australian carrier announced its NDC price benefit would be up to 4 percent lower on base domestic fares.
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Hawaiian Airlines on Monday filed a motion to dismiss a federal breach-of-contract lawsuit that Sabre filed in August. Hawaiian argues that the plain language of their contract shows the airline was not in breach when it enacted a global distribution system surcharge and withdrew fare content from "legacy channels," including Sabre.
Travelport has migrated more than 90 percent of customers outside of North America to Travelport Plus, its new distribution platform that will become its sole core. Migration has been slower in North America, where around 40 percent of customers are expected to have done so by the end of the year, vice president of sales for North America Maurita Baker said during a Travelport webcast last week.
As United Airlines expands the reach of its continuous pricing capabilities, the airline says it is committed to applying the approach in a way that gives bookers price points at least as good as those filed with ATPCO.