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.
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."
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.
Everyone loves options. But over the past decade buyers have had very little variety in choosing a travel management company. The traditional TMC for decades has been offering the same online booking tool integrations, the same transaction fee pricing and the same savings-oriented analytics. The traveler is the last consideration in this model. But change is finally in the air, writes AmTrav president Craig Fichtelberg.
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.
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.
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.