Last month's disclosure that Corporate Travel Management is in talks to buy Capita Travel and Events demonstrated yet again that the U.K. travel management company sector is hurtling through a period of intensive consolidation and ownership change.
"We have a very small percentage of transactions that are NDC enabled at this point," International Air Transport Association VP Doug Lavin said. "We're not happy about that." During a U.S. Transportation Department hearing this month, he directed frustration at global distribution system contract provisions that, he said, inhibit progress on the New Distribution Capability standard.
Flight Centre Travel Group last week announced a 25 percent stake in Jay Walker's Upside at an undisclosed price and added the company to its growing portfolio of business travel technology investments.
Meet Cory Garner, American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy and, now, NDC calmer-in-chief.
Last Friday, a federal judge denied Expedia's request for a preliminary injunction that would prohibit United Airlines from pulling its fare content now for flights that depart after their contract expires Sept. 30. At first glance it sounds like a win for United, but deeper in the judge's order and statements are encouraging signs for Expedia.
Former Travel and Transport president and CEO Bill Tech died April 1 at the age of 70. Travel and Transport submitted the following remembrance.
India-based Airlines Technology is entering the U.S. market as another NDC aggregator but with a different pricing offer for TMCs.
The U.S.-based airline settlement clearinghouse ARC took an undisclosed investment in blockchain developer Blockskye, the companies announced Thursday. Already, the two have been working with United Airlines and one of the carrier's corporate clients on blockchain-based reporting and settlement capabilities, which are moving into production.