Effective Oct. 9, Lufthansa Group will remove its Light brand of economy fares and Business Saver business class fares entirely from the three major global distribution systems in the German market.
BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has begun piloting access for its reservations consultants to Lufthansa Group’s lowest fares via the aggregator Travelfusion. But the mega travel management company is less than ecstatic about it.
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.
On Tuesday, British Airways began testing new inventory buckets in business and economy classes on Boston and Dubai routes, some of which only are available for purchase through the airline's direct channels or New Distribution Capability-compatible connections.
Girding for a shakeup in the way major airlines distribute content to the corporate market, travel management company HRG is advancing efforts to facilitate direct connections between airlines and corporate clients.
Lufthansa German Airline's booking share among United Kingdom-based corporate travel agencies fell 8.5 percentage points following the enactment of its global distribution system surcharge in September, according to data the Guild of Travel Management Companies released Thursday.
German travel manager's association VDR submitted a formal petition to the country's federal cartel office alleging that data consolidators Prism and the International Air Transport Association "violate data protection and competition regulations in disclosing corporate data when booking flights," according to a VDR statement.
Siemens is talking to more airlines about building direct connections from their reservation systems into its booking tool, the company’s travel team told The Beat. Munich-based Siemens started a pilot connection, bypassing global distribution systems, to Lufthansa Group carriers in March and rolled out the interface across all divisions in Germany on Aug. 1. Lufthansa announced earlier this month it had completed connections to both Siemens and Volkswagen.
HRG this week achieved Level 3 certification as a travel seller under the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability initiative, making it one of the few travel management companies to land certification at any level.