As TripActions readies a new airline shopping interface for its booking system that includes a new ATPCO-led and Delta-approved star rating concept for airline products, it is seemingly back in the airline's good graces and this week will be back in the business of selling Delta.
Readers of The Beat chose Delta Air Lines as the Most Admired Airline, as well as Supplier of the Year, two honors the carrier has been awarded for seven consecutive years. For the second year in a row, BCD Travel was named Most Admired Travel Management Company. The Beat presented its annual Readers' Choice awards here at the 11th annual The Beat Live.
Delta in the next month plans to become Level 3 certified under the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability program, joining some of the largest airlines in the world in reaching the milestone, including competitors American Airlines and United Airlines.
The International Air Transport Association plans to add two certification levels for its New Distribution Capability program "in early 2019," which will require airlines, aggregators and sellers to adopt additional application programming interface messages and, at the top tier, demonstrate ability to support high-volume NDC-based airline distribution.
Delta Air Lines has renewed its full content agreement with Travelport "on a long-term basis," the global distribution system operator announced Thursday.
Readers of The Beat chose Delta Air Lines as the Most Admired Airline, as well as Supplier of the Year, two honors the carrier has been awarded for six consecutive years.
In total, the U.S. federal government is the largest buyer of travel in the world. And so, when a portion of the government goes unfunded and hundreds of thousands of civilian employees are furloughed or working without pay, a negative impact on suppliers and intermediaries that serve federal travel programs is expected.
Several agency sources said Delta this week cut front-end U.S. point-of-sale incentives on international tickets for multiple agencies.
Well-known industry veteran and The Beat Live's long-serving master of ceremonies Dave Hilfman is bound to retire at the end of the year from his post as United Airlines SVP of worldwide sales.