American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner will leave the airline. The carrier has not named a replacement, but Garner "will remain with American until the end of the year to assist in the transition," according to an official.
A crop of New Distribution Capability-oriented airline aggregators were supposed to disrupt the old global distribution systems. Yet, the GDSs may be the ones disrupting their plans, at least in the corporate market.
The European Commission is reviewing "all provisions" of its code of conduct for computerized reservations systems, which is the governing regulation for global distribution systems in the European Union.
Amadeus has formalized a multisource approach to airline distribution with its new Convergence Platform, which aims to aggregate airline content regardless of source and integrate it into established, global distribution system-based workflows for travel agencies.
"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.
Meet Cory Garner, American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy and, now, NDC calmer-in-chief.
Since November, European online travel agency operator Travix has been tapping Amadeus Web Services to transact airline bookings that align with the New Distribution Capability standard.
International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia this month will yet again raise their surcharge on global distribution system bookings, the airlines alerted agencies.