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ATPCO Sees Fast Progress On Next Gen Storefront, Star Debate Aside

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.
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Survey: Most TMCs Charge Clients Extra To Handle Nonconforming Airline Content

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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The Incredibly Consolidating U.K. TMC Market

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.
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IATA Official: GDS Contracts Holding Back NDC

"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.
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Flight Centre Deal Helps Upside With Content, International Reach And Offline Support

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.
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American's Garner Asks Everyone To 'Take A Deep Breath' On NDC

Meet Cory Garner, American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy and, now, NDC calmer-in-chief.
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Judge Signals United Would Breach Expedia Contract If It Pulls Content Now

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.
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Meet The Non-GDS Aggregator That Charges TMCs To Look, Not To Book

India-based Airlines Technology is entering the U.S. market as another NDC aggregator but with a different pricing offer for TMCs.
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ARC Invests In Travel Blockchain Startup Blockskye

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.
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GDSs, Airline Systems Work To Enable Nonbinary Gender Booking Options

Each year, the International Air Transport Association and Airlines for America produce a lengthy manual of standards on air ticket reservations and airline interlining. When the major airline trade bodies on June 1 release the 42nd edition, it will outline a new option for gender—X—in addition to the established M and F designators, for male and female.
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