Wilmington, Del. — Global distribution systems dominate indirect air travel distribution because travel agencies don't want it another way. So it's not unexpected to find that a new initiative like moving to XML-based connectivity under NDC takes a long time. So says an award-winning economist who has studied the travel distribution market for about a decade.

Prof. Kevin Murphy of the University of Chicago this month commented on market share data when he testified in the United States v. Sabre trial. He expected the airlines' New Distribution Capability to reach scale only . . .

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