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At Behest Of TMCs, IATA Adds 'Business Travel Ready' In New NDC Certification

The [email protected]'s Business Travel Ready criteria ask carriers to certify they have adopted, in their NDC-compatible application programming interfaces, more than a couple dozen messages to help the corporate channel handle NDC-based shopping, booking, payment and post-ticketing services.
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Metaplanner Puts The Calendar At The Center Of Corporate Travel

Metaplanner sees the calendar as the logical place for corporate travelers to shop and book travel, as well as manage their itineraries during the trip.
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What Will Happen To NDC Aggregators When GDSs Get Their Act Together?

A crop of New Distribution Capability-oriented airline aggregators were supposed to disrupt the old global distribution systems. Yet, the GDSs may be the ones disrupting their plans, at least in the corporate market.
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Live With NDC Transactions, Amadeus Sees 'More Sophisticated' Commercial Model Emerge

Since November, European online travel agency operator Travix has been tapping Amadeus Web Services to transact airline bookings that align with the New Distribution Capability standard.
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Russia Review Slows Travelport's Take-Private Deal Closing

Travelport on Friday flagged that its deal to be acquired by a private equity partnership is being slowed by a review from Russian competition authorities. The company still expects the deal to close in the first half of 2019.
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Amadeus Eyes U.S. TMC Growth After Claiming To Outperform Flat GDS Market

Amadeus is gunning for more travel management company business in the U.S., CEO Luis Maroto told investors after announcing year-over-year revenue and marketshare gains in a flat global distribution system market for the first quarter.
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BA, Iberia Yet Again Raise GDS Surcharge

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.
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Finnair Readies Exclusive NDC Content, Hints At New Commercial Terms

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.
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Pana Takes In Funding To Double Down As Guest Travel Specialist

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.
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Jet Airways Suspension, 737 Max Headwinds Dim Sabre's Revenue Outlook

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.
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