Delta Air Lines on Thursday reported a slight uptick in corporate demand during the first three months of the year, though it remains deeply down from 2019 levels. The carrier doesn't expect business travel's recovery to ramp up until after Labor Day, as vaccination rates grow and corporate workforces return to the office.
United Airlines has introduced capabilities for travel management companies to service bookings that were transacted on the carrier's website or through New Distribution Capability-based connections.
For well over a decade, the migratory marketwide booking trend toward airline-direct websites and away from global distribution systems has endured. A survey of airline professionals released last week augurs a continuation, and perhaps acceleration, in the coming years.
The founder of travel agency back-office and customer relationship management company Trams and his new company, Tres Technologies, this month re-acquired the Trams operations, assets and book of business from Sabre and plans to develop a new system.
Travelport on Wednesday announced the launch of a next-generation distribution system that eventually will become its sole platform for suppliers and travel sellers, as it rationalizes Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan.
China's state-controlled global distribution system and airline IT company TravelSky Technology Limited had a far better 2020 than its Western peers, helped in large part by the resiliency of China's domestic travel market, according to annual financial results released this week.
Taking inspiration from ATPCO's Next Generation Storefront, Sabre's long-in-the-works New Airline Storefront has debuted. At the same time, ATPCO confirmed it has backed away from being the arbiter of shelving placement and confirmed it is sunsetting an NGS algorithm that dictated displays.