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IATA Official: GDS Contracts Holding Back NDC

"We have a very small percentage of transactions that are NDC enabled at this point," International Air Transport Association VP Doug Lavin said. "We're not happy about that." During a U.S. Transportation Department hearing this month, he directed frustration at global distribution system contract provisions that, he said, inhibit progress on the New Distribution Capability standard.

GDS Incentives Paid To Agencies Escalated In 2018

Historically, the cash incentives paid by global distribution system operators to travel agencies have risen at a slow but steady year-over-year clip. For 2018, though, all signs point to a greater-than-average acceleration in incentive payments, according to GDS financial data, executive commentary and industry observers.

Travelport Fortifies Position In Japan With Expanded JAL Partnership

Travelport and Japan Airlines on June 1 plan to launch a joint venture that will bring Axess—the JAL-owned local market distribution system—and the Travelport Japan K.K. GDS business under one roof.

Amadeus Is Dealt Rare GDS Marketshare Decline In 2018

For several years, Amadeus' global distribution system business was on a tear. In the five years leading up to 2018, it gained a net 5 percentage points in market share of airline bookings processed by major GDSs worldwide to solidify its position as the alpha GDS. Last year, however, Amadeus' air booking share bucked the trend with a rare contraction, albeit by less than a percentage point, the company reported Thursday in full-year and fourth-quarter results.

Meet The Non-GDS Aggregator That Charges TMCs To Look, Not To Book

India-based Airlines Technology is entering the U.S. market as another NDC aggregator but with a different pricing offer for TMCs.

Travelport GDS Segments Fall On 'Customer Headwinds'

Global distribution system segments processed by Travelport—including air, hotel, car and rail—fell 4 percent year over year during the third quarter amid "customer headwinds," the company reported Thursday.
INTERVIEW: Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson

INTERVIEW: Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson

A one-time GDS exec with Amadeus, Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson has been an occasional GDS provocateur, gadfly and agitator, especially when his business was premised on GDS-bypass. Now, he's working more and more with the GDSs and is bullish on the airline distribution complex putting old-fashioned protocols behind it and moving into a more modern era. He recently spoke with The Beat.

Qantas Introduces Booking Surcharge, And GDS-Approved Private Channel To Avoid It

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.

Amadeus Isn't Sweating GDS Disintermediation, Despite European Carrier Actions

Amadeus during its third-quarter results presentation Wednesday acknowledged that moves by the three largest European airline groups to surcharge global distribution system bookings and drive bookings directly to their own channels are playing a role in disintermediating the GDSs. Yet, CEO Luis Maroto said he wasn't too worried about an acceleration in disintermediation.

U.K. To Adopt EU GDS Regulations, Just As Europe Looks To Revise Them

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.