In June 2017, American Airlines announced a distribution offer that included a $2 per-segment incentive to any agency that booked through approved application programming interface connections. At the time, agencies had to issue a ticket through American's API connection by the end of 2018 to lock in the incentive through 2020. VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner this week said the airline will give agencies another year to take the offer.
American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner will leave the airline. The carrier has not named a replacement, but Garner "will remain with American until the end of the year to assist in the transition," according to an official.
When American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner in July revealed plans to retire from the airline at the end of the year, he noted: "I’m sure you haven’t heard the last from me." Indeed, we haven't. Garner has reversed his decision to take a voluntary package from the airline. Instead, he has chosen to remain in his current role.
American Airlines plans to test negotiated corporate bundles this year with clients of travel management companies that connect to the airline through an International Air Transport Association New Distribution Capability connection.
The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 13 will hear arguments from Sabre and American Airlines on their respective appeals of various rulings and decisions in the antitrust case, initially filed by US Airways in 2011, that a jury decided two years ago, according to a scheduling notice this week.
This month, American Airlines posted a new exchange procedure for travel agencies whose clients have Basic Economy buyer's remorse.
American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Flight Centre Travel Group have committed to work with Sabre to pilot "end-to-end" distribution capabilities that align with the New Distribution Capability standard. Sabre on Tuesday also named American Airlines as the first carrier to participate in tests.
United Airlines during its quarterly earnings call last week reported double-digit-percentage growth in corporate revenue on a year-over-year basis. With revenue come selling and distribution costs, and Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay seized on one of them: the "alarming" growth in commissions paid to travel management companies.
The European Commission on Friday announced it has opened an investigation into Amadeus and Sabre to explore whether the agreements each has with airlines and travel agencies "restrict competition in breach of E.U. antitrust rules."