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Private Channel Deal Eludes Air France-KLM And Sabre Months After GDS Surcharge

More than three months after Air France-KLM introduced a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, Sabre and the airline group are at an impasse on reaching a private channel deal that would enable Sabre's agency subscribers selected by the airline group to book without fee.

Amadeus, Travelport Finalize Private Channel Deals With Air France-KLM

Amadeus and Travelport this week confirmed they have individually reached private-channel agreements with Air France-KLM.

GDSs Advance Private Channel Discussions With Air France-KLM

With less than two weeks to go before Air France-KLM enacts an 11 euro per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, the Franco-Dutch airline group remains in discussions with GDS operators on private-channel arrangements that could shield select travel agencies from the fee.

Air France-KLM GDS Surcharge Looms

Air France and KLM are poised to introduce a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to airline and travel management company sources.

Finnair Readies Exclusive NDC Content, Hints At New Commercial Terms

Finnair this week revealed details of a New Distribution Capability-based strategy and partner program for travel agencies in select European markets. Partners agreeing to new terms with Finnair and hooking up to NDC-compatible connections will gain access to its "best" content available to travel agencies, effective Oct. 1.
INTERVIEW: Air France-KLM VP Of Distribution Emmanuelle Gailland

INTERVIEW: Air France-KLM VP Of Distribution Emmanuelle Gailland

Air France-KLM in January 2018 will launch a New Distribution Capability-based application programming interface. An agency reservations portal and introduction of an 11 euro (US$13) global distribution system surcharge are scheduled to follow in April. The Beat's Amon Cohen spoke with VP of distribution Emmanuelle Gailland to learn more about the group's views on indirect distribution.

Air France-KLM Announces €11 Per-Way GDS Surcharge, NDC API

Air France-KLM plans to launch a New Distribution Capability-based application programming interface in January 2018. As expected, it also will introduce an €11 per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, effective April 1, 2018. On the same date, Air France-KLM will release an online booking portal for travel agencies.

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.

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.