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IATA Publishes List Of 'Leaderboard' Airlines For NDC

The International Air Transport Association released a list of 20 airlines that are part of its Leaderboard initiative for New Distribution Capability adoption.

Finnair Next In On Amadeus-UNICEF Partnership

Finnair has launched a program on its website that enables customers to donate to United Nations children's organization UNICEF, Amadeus announced.

IATA Embarks On 'Critical Mass' Phase Of NDC Adoption As Airlines, GDSs Buy In

The International Air Transport Association is concluding the "first five-year cycle" of its New Distribution Capability standard-making initiative and embarking on the next, two-year phase to "drive a critical mass of NDC transactions," according to presentation slides for remarks NDC program director Yanik Hoyles delivered this week.

Open Letter To Finnair re Credit Card Surcharging From ITM & BTC

Mr. Petri SchaafVice President, Global SalesFinnair, Plc

Amadeus Announces Finnair As First User Of EMD Server, Plans For Agent Tests

The vaunted electronic miscellaneous document may not be coming soon enough for corporate travel buyers hoping to enable and track ancillary air purchases at the point of sale, but it is coming. Amadeus planned to announced today that as of June 1, its EMD Server was up and running for early adopter and Amadeus res system user Finnair. Sabre Holdings last week said it had started EMDs with Sabre-hosted carrier Avior.

Amadeus Progressing On Airline Ancillary Fulfillment Strategies

Amadeus this month reported progress for its ancillary services projects ongoing with American, United and Delta. Those XML-based connections aren't going to use the Electronic Miscellaneous Document standard, but several other airlines now are set up to do so, and for the first time can sell ancillary services to North American Amadeus subscribers.

UA 'Aligns' Humanitarian Groups On Merchant Fees, Maintains Agency Stance

A United Airlines official confirmed that the carrier in March 2010 notified some humanitarian organizations that they would be required to establish their own credit card merchant accounts in order to continue using United consolidator fares.

GBTA Asks DOT To Decline IATA NDC Request

The Global Business Travel Association on Thursday urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to decline a request by the International Air Transport Association to advance its New Distribution Capability, claiming not enough is known about the program or IATA's intent
Go Amon!

Go Amon!

Congratulations to our European correspondent Amon Cohen on winning Business Travel News Journalist of the Year in the Online/Broadcast category at the United Kingdom's Business Travel Journalism Awards. Amon's coverage of controversial changes to Lufthansa's corporate programs in Business Travel News garnered praise from the judges: "Amon uncovered important industry issues with balanced writing and solid research. Amon’s strong articles broke significant stories in the business travel sector.

Airberlin To Add Credit Card Surcharge

Airberlin, Germany's second-largest airline, on Feb. 1 will introduce a per-ticket fee on many travel agency bookings through global distribution systems that are paid for by credit card, an airline spokesperson confirmed.