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Still Beating Display Drum, Delta Restates New Distribution Capability ‘Pause’

While continuing to argue that retailing capabilities in traditional connections and displays could improve, a Delta Air Lines exec on Wednesday said a New Distribution Capability project with Sabre that the airline halted a couple of years ago had “very much restarted.” Also this week, Delta officials clarified 2020 comments widely taken to mean NDC…

Sustainability Fees Crop Up As Questions Linger On Carbon Accounting

The cost of sustainability is beginning to hit corporate travel more directly.  Air France and KLM in January initiated a Sustainable Aviation Fuel surcharge on all tickets for flights departing France and the Netherlands. It ranges from 1 euro to 12 euros, based on distance flown and class of service. Isolated reports of hotel properties…

Governments Pressed To Help Standardize Digital Health Documentation For Travel As Private Efforts Proliferate

The Travel and Tourism Advisory Board of the U.S. Commerce Department is attempting to collaborate with other U.S. federal agencies to spur development of standards and digital interoperability for traveler documentation of Covid-19 vaccinations and test results. On Wednesday, TTAB chair and CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert outlined the effort’s goals and challenges during…

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 airlines and global distribution systems. However, there are many unknowns, and not everyone will be a winner. If Lufthansa and Sabre can agree on GDS distribution of ancillary services and…

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 Amadeus already using more modern infrastructure, the theory says, but it also genuinely bought into XML-based distribution and related NDC protocols sooner. These factors position it best with airlines that…

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 did, for some, it was a question of how the relevant systems could help the response to the pandemic — or not. There’s some debate about how soon the usually…

Corporates Care About Managing Environmental Impact And There’s No Time Like The Present

Three in four European corporate travel decision makers polled early this year agreed that changes were needed to address sustainability in business travel, but only 17 percent were confident in pulling that off. “The apparent disconnect really tells quite a simple story,” according to Jim McClelland, a sustainability expert and author at publisher Raconteur, which…

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