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Amadeus Is Dealt Rare GDS Marketshare Decline In 2018

For several years, Amadeus' global distribution system business was on a tear. In the five years leading up to 2018, it gained a net 5 percentage points in market share of airline bookings processed by major GDSs worldwide to solidify its position as the alpha GDS. Last year, however, Amadeus' air booking share bucked the trend with a rare contraction, albeit by less than a percentage point, the company reported Thursday in full-year and fourth-quarter results.
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ANALYSIS: Egencia, Flight Centre Both Claim To Be Fourth-Largest TMC

Industry consensus holds that American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel are the "mega" travel management companies, and it's widely agreed they are the three largest in the world. In the next tier down, Expedia's Egencia and Flight Centre Travel Group's corporate travel brands separately have staked the claim as the fourth.
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United 'Intends To Walk Away From Expedia,' Blasts OTA's 'Meritless' Lawsuit

In response to a lawsuit Expedia filed this month, defendant United Airlines confirmed that its ticketing agreement with the online travel giant expires Sept. 30 and that the airline "intends to walk away from Expedia" at that time.
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Travelport Readies For Privately-Held Future, As Past Quarter Underscores 'Headwinds'

In what is likely to be its final publicly filed earnings statement before it goes private, Travelport reported a 4 percent year-over-year decline in worldwide global distribution system segments and a modest rise in net revenue and earnings for the three months ending Dec. 31, 2018.
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Aussie TMCs Report Corporate Travel Gains, Eye Further U.S. Growth

Australia-based travel management company Corporate Travel Management and Flight Centre Travel Group's corporate-focused brands this week reported solid growth in corporate travel transactions across their multinational operations and laid out further growth ambitions for the U.S. corporate market.
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DOT Grants ASTA, GBTA And Travel Tech More Time To Scrutinize IATA Resolutions

The U.S. Department of Transportation extended its review period for a batch of resolutions that the International Air Transport Association filed last month. The decision came at the urging of the American Society of Travel Advisors, the Global Business Travel Association and The Travel Technology Association, which asked for more time to review a few IATA-approved resolutions, including one related to the One Order standard.
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Serko Lands CWT As Zeno's First U.S. Reseller, More TMCs On The Way

New Zealand-based corporate T&E technology provider Serko landed Carlson Wagonlit Travel as its first reseller of the Zeno travel booking and tech system in the U.S., the companies announced this month.
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BCD Taps SAP Cloud System To Drive Traveler Personalization, Data Security And Consent

BCD Travel is rolling out SAP Customer Data Cloud as the technological foundation for traveler identity management, consent management and profile management, BCD announced Wednesday.
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Sabre: DOJ Review Delays Farelogix Deal Closing To Mid-Year

Sabre expects its $360 million acquisition of Farelogix to close in the "mid part of the year," later than expected, as the U.S. Department of Justice takes a deeper look at the proposed transaction, Sabre president and CEO Sean Menke said Tuesday during the company's fourth-quarter financial results call.
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Qantas Introduces Booking Surcharge, And GDS-Approved Private Channel To Avoid It

Australian flag carrier Qantas introduced a new commercial structure for travel agencies to promote adoption of New Distribution Capability-compatible connections, either through a global distribution system or another approved tech provider. Its pitch to agencies includes the threat of a $12.50 per-segment surcharge on GDS bookings and diminished content access but also a private channel-type framework as a path for agencies to avoid both.
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