International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia this month will yet again raise their surcharge on global distribution system bookings, the airlines alerted agencies.
Finnair this week revealed details of a New Distribution Capability-based strategy and partner program for travel agencies in select European markets. Partners agreeing to new terms with Finnair and hooking up to NDC-compatible connections will gain access to its "best" content available to travel agencies, effective Oct. 1.
After wondering the travel startup wilderness for a couple years, Pana in 2017 landed on guest travel as a use case for its trip planning, booking and journey support system that blends technology with offline agents. This week, the startup announced it landed $10 million in funding to go deeper in addressing the headaches guest travelers and the companies paying for their trips face.
India's Jet Airways this month suspended all operations. Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia's Lion Air continue to reel from fatal accidents on the Boeing 737 Max, which resulted in the aircraft's grounding worldwide. Since each of these airlines operates Sabre reservations system technology, the travel distribution and IT company Tuesday revised its full-year revenue forecast downward.
The Travel Technology Association submitted a letter in response to remarks by International Air Transport Association VP Doug Lavin covered in an April 17 article.
Since ATPCO launched its Next Generation Storefront standard-making initiative less than six months ago, interest and adoption have been swift. From major airlines to travel sellers, many back the core idea of helping carriers consistently categorize the sundry fare options and bundles they sell through third parties.
American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel and CWT in recent years have formalized client fee programs to cover the added costs of shopping, booking and servicing airline content outside global distribution systems. The three largest travel management companies aren't alone, according to a survey fielded by The Beat this month and last.
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