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Sabre Agrees To Acquire Farelogix To Boost Airline Retailing And NDC Stature

Sabre has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Farelogix for $360 million.

CWT Brings Air Booking To Mobile App With API Assist From Sabre

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."
INTERVIEW: HRG Chief Information Officer Bill Brindle

INTERVIEW: HRG Chief Information Officer Bill Brindle

"The current model is going to change." So says HRG chief information officer Bill Brindle, who should know. He addressed British Airways’ New Distribution Capability conference in London last month, and has supported its client, Volkswagen, which has established a direct connection to Lufthansa (as has Siemens). Brindle spoke with The Beat contributing editor Amon Cohen about why emerging alternative distribution channels present huge opportunities but need to become as robust as more established technologies.

CWT Formulates No-Fee, No-Contract Bundle For Small Market

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.

Now Deep In Discovery, Consumer Suit Against GDSs Takes Another Bite At Conspiracy Apple

Conspiracy allegations have encircled the major global distribution system operators for years, but none have stuck.
INTERVIEW: BA Chief Commercial Officer Adam Daniels And Head Of Distribution Ian Luck

INTERVIEW: BA Chief Commercial Officer Adam Daniels And Head Of Distribution Ian Luck

British Airways introduced a global distribution system surcharge on Nov. 1 but at the last minute signed "private channel" deals waiving the surcharge for travel agencies that committed to eventually take BA content through New Distribution Capability-standard connections. The Beat’s Amon Cohen talked to BA chief commercial officer Adam Daniels and head of distribution Ian Luck about the thinking behind private channel and how BA and the rest of the travel industry are evolving to a new distribution model.

And The First NDC-Certified TMC Is … W Travel

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.

Sabre: GDS Bookings Were Better Than Expected In First Quarter

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 'On Track' To Derive One-Third Of GDS Revenue From Non-Air Sources

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: Airline Ancillary Agreements 'Going Gangbusters,' But Transactions Need Work

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.