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Lufthansa Group To Pull Some Fare Types From GDSs

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 To Test NDC Bookings With Lufthansa Group, Non-GDS Aggregators

BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators.

CWT Reluctantly Taps Travelfusion For Lowest Lufthansa Fares

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 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.

BA Trials Long-Haul NDC Fare Differentiation

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.

HRG Acquires German Booking Platform, Advances Direct Distribution Strategy

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's Share Of U.K. TMC Bookings Declines, Lufthansa Trumpets Direct Gains

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.

VDR Petitions German Cartel Office To Review Prism And IATA Data Disclosures

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: More Direct Connections To Come After Lufthansa

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 Reaches Highest-Level NDC Certification

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.