Air France-KLM

Big Companies Turn To Biofuel To Help Cut Business Travel Air Emissions

It seems each new week brings another announcement about plans for sustainable aviation fuel. Several European airlines recently gave customers opportunities to get involved. Microsoft in October said it joined KLM’s corporate program that funds biofuel purchases. Separately, Dutch sustainable aviation fuel company SkyNRG around the same time began engaging companies to help develop the…

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 31.] British Airways and Iberia said that on Sept. 18 they would increase the surcharge applied to bookings that don’t go through “an NDC-based connection or through other low-cost channels,”…

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 prove wrong the skeptics and start achieving that by the end of 2018. Lufthansa’s financial reporting does not offer enough detail to completely validate progress, but there are indicators of…

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 the Amadeus and Travelport global distribution systems can enter into deals with the airline group to avoid the distribution surcharge Air France KLM plans to apply, effective April 1. According…

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 among the latest to do so. What does this certification mean? Mostly, it’s a sign. A carrier that has done what it takes to get registered (AA, BA, United) is…

Wall Street Analysts: Amadeus Lead On GDS Rivals Is ‘Insurmountable’

Evercore ISI analysts are bullish on Amadeus. They like the strength of its airline IT business and expect the company to continue growing share on the GDS side. Evercore in a research report issued Jan. 4 raised its Amadeus outlook to “outperform” from “in line.” Amadeus’ gains would be losses for Sabre and Travelport, both…

Sabre CEO Menke Explains The Private Channel

Sabre CEO Sean Menke confirmed what many suspected. The IAG private channel option for travel agencies caught up in reworked economics between airlines and GDSs is about foregoing GDS incentives. Parent of British Airways and Iberia, IAG created “two buckets for the agency community,” Menke explained during the Wednesday Bernstein Technology Summit. He called them the “haves…

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