Sabre has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Farelogix for $360 million.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel plans to roll out flight booking capabilities on its CWT To Go mobile app in the second half of the year, CEO Kurt Ekert said. Already, mobile flight booking is testing with clients in what Ekert called an "aggressive pilot phase."
There is no shortage of travel players targeting the unmanaged business travel segment. Startups, entrenched tech providers and travel management companies alike have formulated offerings for the vast but fragmented sector.
Conspiracy allegations have encircled the major global distribution system operators for years, but none have stuck.
New York-based W Travel this month staked its claim as the first corporate travel management company to achieve New Distribution Capability certification from the International Air Transport Association.
During the first quarter, Sabre benefited from a "better-than-expected booking environment," CEO Sean Menke said, and its global distribution system bookings rose 6 percent year over year.
Travelport is "on track" to derive one-third of global distribution system revenue from sources other than airline bookings by 2018, CFO Philip Emery said Monday during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call.
Travelport is "going gangbusters" on signing deals with airlines to expand access to non-fare content, vice president and general manager of U.S. and Canada Scott Hyden said last month, but impediments persist in converting that progress to optimal ancillary transaction volumes.