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A Couple More Travel Agencies Get Chatty With 30SecondsToFly

30SecondsToFly has added The Air Travel Group and CTI Business Travel to its stable of travel agency clients that have adopted its messaging-based system for automated or agent-assisted bookings.
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Southwest Taps NDC Exchange To Expand Reach Of API Connections

Southwest Airlines has joined the NDC Exchange and expects to transact its first NDC Exchange booking this summer with an unnamed partner.
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Qantas Gets Expansive Agency Buy-In For New Commercial Model, Launching Next Month

Qantas has reached agreements with travel agencies representing 90 percent of the airline's global agency revenue on a new commercial model that takes effect Aug. 1, Qantas executive manager of sales and distribution Igor Kwiatkowski this week told The Beat.
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Wilson Out As Travelport CEO, To Be Succeeded By Former Sabre Exec Greg Webb

Former Sabre executive Greg Webb on Aug. 1 will succeed Gordon Wilson as CEO of Travelport, the company announced Tuesday.
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Amex GBT's Proposed German Acquisition Could Augur More, As It Aligns Affiliates With HRG

American Express Global Business Travel last week announced plans to acquire German midmarket travel management company DER Business Travel for an undisclosed sum. Amex GBT CEO Doug Anderson in an interview Wednesday said GBT could expand its wholly owned agency footprint into "three or four more markets around the world."
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Former Sabre Exec Strikes Plea Deal For Wire Fraud

A former Sabre exec pleaded guilty to wire fraud after allegedly fabricating invoices and embezzling $5.9 million from the company over a four-year period.
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Delta Gives A Nod To More Value-Based GDS Pricing, Current Model 'Entrenching The Status Quo'

Value. It's the watchword in airline distribution these days. The topic came up this week at a Sabre client event in Las Vegas, where Sabre Travel Network chief commercial officer Roshan Mendis interviewed Delta managing director of distribution strategy Jeff Lobl.
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Sabre Eyes A New Approach To Low-Cost Carrier Content

Sabre plans to expand the range of low-cost carrier content it serves up to agency and corporate users of its global distribution system.
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LoungeBuddy Discontinues Corporate Travel Partnerships After Acquisition By Amex

LoungeBuddy has discontinued third-party relationships, including those with corporate travel players SAP Concur and Expedia-owned travel management company Egencia.
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Amid Boeing 737 Max Concerns, What's A Managed Travel Program To Do?

The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded since mid-March, pending software updates and regulatory reviews. Even after service is restored, traveler sensitivity may linger.
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