Tag Archives: British Airways

TMCs Get To Work On NDC

By | July 12, 2018

[CORRECTION, July 13, 2018: The original version of this article incorrectly identified one of the owners of Atriis. Along with Israel’s Amsalem, the other co-owner is Vision Capital, a U.K.-based private equity firm.] Some travel management companies are coming to grips with the New Distribution Capability, and they’re not going it alone. Global distribution systems, agency networks, tech… Read More »

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

By | April 20, 2018

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 short-term pain for… Read More »

Little-Known WTMC Doggedly Charts NDC Path With American Airlines, British Airways

By | March 5, 2018

Though it claims more than 75 consolidated or shared clients including Dropbox, Iconiq Capital, Soros Fund Management and Spotify, New York-based WTMC is something of a corporate travel secret. Considering the trail it’s blazing for alternative airline distribution, it will be hard to stay quiet. WTMC is the first agency in the United States testing the British Airways… Read More »

NDC-As-Lever Is Loser In GBT Buy Of HRG

By | February 12, 2018

There will be winners and losers if the proposed acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group’s travel management company unit by American Express Global Business Travel happens. One of the wounded is neither person nor company. It’s a program: the New Distribution Capability. Don’t blame NDC. It’s just a messaging standard. The real loser is the method in which certain… Read More »

Sources: British Airways Pressures U.S. Travel Agencies On Private Channel Deals

By | January 19, 2018

British Airways gave deadlines of this week to some U.S. travel agencies that had not signed a private channel agreement waiving its GDS surcharge. After the megas, U.K. agencies and Expedia, not every travel management company offered the deal signed up, according to sources. For agencies, agreeing to the private channel endorses a model that sacrifices GDS incentive payments. It… Read More »

Adopting NDC Requires TMC Tech Overhaul, But Airlines Aren’t Offering Much Time

By | January 10, 2018

Airlines have big plans for new distribution capabilities. Whether and when they become reality in corporate travel remain open questions. At the moment, it’s looking like a huge challenge. British Airways officials said they anticipated a “large chunk” of travel agencies would transition to NDC channels this year. Air France-KLM’s roadmap calls for new products to be made… Read More »

Small, Midsize U.K. Travel Management Companies Reckon With British Airways Surcharge

By | November 30, 2017

With many travel management companies accepting the IAG airlines’ private channel GDS deals, which are left out? Industry experts see the “have-nots” facing ruin or consolidation. The puzzling part is, why would British Airways and Iberia want that? Posed to a BA press official, that question was not answered. International Airlines Group has declined multiple requests over the… Read More »