Last month, Air India stopped participating in the Amadeus global distribution system, and the carrier plans to limit participation in Sabre next year. The actions follow an exclusive distribution agreement Air India inked with Travelport, which will see the GDS operator, hungry for growth in India, become the sole distributor of Air India's domestic fare content in the carrier's home market.
To translate its AC2U airline distribution application programming interface for an NDC world, Air Canada has turned to the NDC Exchange, jointly produced by ATPCO and SITA.
When Travelport signed Indian online travel agency MakeMyTrip as a customer last month, this was no ordinary client acquisition. MakeMyTrip, which serves more than 40 million active app users and Web customers, is the No. 1 OTA in a market hotter than a vindaloo curry for the global travel management and distribution industry.
The global distribution system market was slow going for Amadeus and Sabre during the second quarter, but each reported slight growth in bookings. It was slower still for Travelport, which reported no growth of reported segments—including air, car and hotel bookings—processed through its GDSs on a year-over-year basis.
Travelport beat analyst expectations on revenue and earnings for the first quarter and reported that travel agency segments processed through its global distribution systems—including air, car and hotel bookings—rose 4 percent year over year to 93 million.
Amadeus' global distribution system air bookings during the second quarter rose nearly 8 percent year over year to 138 million, outpacing the marketwide GDS air booking growth rate of 4 percent.
Now that Travelport is certified at the highest level as a New Distribution Capability aggregator and is working with several airlines to implement NDC-based connections, the global distribution system operator is readying options for agency subscribers to access new airline content flows, CEO Gordon Wilson said.
Travelport posted gains in global distribution bookings and in market share in several non-U.S. markets, even though its overall air volume fell year over year in the first quarter. Even so, Travelport continues to make up for the drag in air volume, which is especially pronounced in the United States, by posting revenue gains in air and non-air areas alike.