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Lufthansa-Sabre Announcement Sounds Like A Start But Begs Questions

An agreement announced this week between Lufthansa Group and Sabre, parties with a contentious and litigious shared history, implied a mutually beneficial path forward for…

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Some Things Happened In Airline Distribution This Year, Part Two

There’s a line of thinking that says the pandemic is widening a gap between Amadeus and its key rivals, Sabre and Travelport. Not only was…

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Some Things Happened In Airline Distribution This Year, Part One

With reaction, assessment and recovery on their minds, corporate travel professionals understandably did not focus closely on airline distribution developments this year. Inasmuch as they…

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British Airways, Iberia Raise Distribution Surcharge

[UPDATE, May 8, 2019: British Airways and Iberia upped fees on bookings outside their preferred distribution channels to $14, 12.50 euros and £10.50, effective May…

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With A ‘Neutral’ Impact From GDS Fee, Lufthansa Banks On Channel Shift

When Lufthansa Group in mid-2015 informed the market of a new distribution strategy, one stated objective was to lower associated costs. The company expects to…

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Air France-KLM, Travelport Close In On Private Channel Deal To Remove Surcharge

[UPDATE, March 30, 2018: As expected, Travelport and Air France KLM reached a new “private channel” deal. So did Amadeus. As a result, users of…

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NDC Registration Isn’t Meaningless, But Also Doesn’t Say Much

Airlines, tech companies and travel agencies can register with the International Air Transport Association for certification on the New Distribution Capability. Air France-KLM and Hogg Robinson Group are…

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