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IATA's NDC Leaderboard Deadline Is A Year Away. Will Airlines Meet It?

More than 20 carriers have committed to process by the end of 2020 at least 20 percent of indirect sales through application programming interfaces that align with the New Distribution Capability standard. Whether they all meet that deadline is debatable.
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Sabre, DOJ Call Farelogix Settlement 'Very Unlikely' As Trial Looms

The U.S. Justice Department and Sabre don't agree on much in the former's lawsuit to block the latter's acquisition of Farelogix, but the two are in accord on one thing: settling their dispute out of court is "very unlikely."
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Delta Formalizes Third-Party Display Standards, Reviews

For years, Delta Air Lines has been selective about which third parties it allows to sell its content. More recently, it's grown particular about how these entities present the carrier's products in shopping displays. To this end, Delta and joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic have codified display standards, which will be distributed to third-party sellers and whose adherence will be reviewed.
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Amadeus 'Democratizing AI' For Travel Startups With Open APIs

Amadeus in November expanded its catalog of application programming interfaces open for outside developers to build and test new travel technologies and applications. Most notably, Amadeus opened five new machine-learning APIs, marking "the first time in the travel industry that AI capabilities are made available to startups and independent developers via open APIs," the company claimed.
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Amid Abrupt C-Suite Exodus At Expedia, Egencia Sees Slight Realignment

Expedia's CEO and CFO abruptly resigned Wednesday following disagreements with Expedia's board of directors on the direction of the company. The exits of CEO Mark Okerstrom and CFO Alan Pickerill take immediate effect, as Expedia chairman Barry Diller and vice chairman Peter Kern "will jointly preside over the company's day to day operations," according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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DOT Greenlights Delta, Transatlantic JV Partners To Coordinate On Distribution

In its final approval to Delta Air Lines' transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic, the U.S. Department of Transportation last month denied a plea from an online travel agency-affiliated group to carve out distribution from the scope of antitrust immunity.
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Greg O’Hara On TripActions: ‘Slick’ UI, Hefty Valuation, Not Clear It Solves 'Particular Problem'

It was inevitable Greg O'Hara would be asked about TripActions during his on-stage interview last week at the Phocuswright conference in Hollywood, Fla.
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Premo To Depart ARC Next Year, Reishus To Assume CEO Role

Mike Premo will pack up his bow ties and retire from ARC at the end of next year, clearing the path for EVP and COO Lauri Reishus to take the reins as president and CEO, the company announced.
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Square One: A Decade Later, American And Sabre Eye A Return To Court

By the time American Airlines and Sabre head back to court to retry antitrust claims US Airways initially filed against the global distribution system operator in 2011, a decade will have passed, according to a proposed schedule filed last week.
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NDC, GDS Or Other: TripActions Goes Where 'Best Content' Flows

TripActions in the past month has turned on direct connections with Southwest Airlines and Lufthansa Group, following an inaugural direct connect with United Airlines in June. TripActions VP of booking experience and supplier strategy Danny Finkel said the travel management company, which prides itself on homegrown tech, is eyeing more direct connects with additional carriers. "Our mantra has been, and always will be: Content wins," he said.
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