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.
The European Commission is reviewing "all provisions" of its code of conduct for computerized reservations systems, which is the governing regulation for global distribution systems in the European Union.
Amadeus has formalized a multisource approach to airline distribution with its new Convergence Platform, which aims to aggregate airline content regardless of source and integrate it into established, global distribution system-based workflows for travel agencies.
BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators.
Australian flag carrier Qantas introduced a new commercial structure for travel agencies to promote adoption of New Distribution Capability-compatible connections, either through a global distribution system or another approved tech provider. Its pitch to agencies includes the threat of a $12.50 per-segment surcharge on GDS bookings and diminished content access but also a private channel-type framework as a path for agencies to avoid both.
As it prepares for divorce from the European Union, the U.K. no doubt has bigger priorities than to iron out its governing regulations for airline distribution and global distribution systems. Opting to maintain the status quo, the U.K. has chosen to adopt, upon its March 29 exit from the EU, the European Commission's decade-old computer reservations system code of conduct.
Travel management companies are assessing American Airlines' proposal to pay agencies $2 per segment for transactions processed through its Farelogix-powered New Distribution Capability pipe. While the incentive amount from American is clear, the cost and effort agencies would shoulder to facilitate NDC connections is anything but.
AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee submitted the following letter in response to an article last week in which The Beat discussed recent developments and the evolution of airline distribution with Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson.