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.
In early June, AmTrav Corporate Travel launched for select customers a revamped version of its homegrown booking system and has since rolled out the new a2b tool broadly to clients, providing a refreshed user interface and reconstructed back end.
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Jeff Klee, CEO of Amtrav, a Los Angeles-based TMC that also operates CheapAir.com, weighs in American Airlines' new fare bundles.
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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines in separately issued memos to agency clients last week clarified new combinable fare rules that have rankled travel buyers and travel management companies for more than a week.
AmTrav claims its corporate self-booking tool is the first to support sales of both Delta's and United's premium-economy seats.
The International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability may appear to be the great disruptor sweeping through travel distribution, but arguably an even larger revolution is following. IATA's One Order initiative aims to digitize order management in the same way NDC has digitized offer management.
When it comes to piping in airline content that meets the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner suggested that "most" corporate travel agencies should "stay right where you are and wait for more."
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