|

GDS Private Channel Concerns, Challenges U.S. Travel Management Companies

[UPDATE, Nov. 21, 2017: A Delta Air Lines official confirmed that its seat availability is is “identical across carriers, to the last available seat” with JV allies Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia and KLM, and with partners China Eastern, Gol and Jet Airways. Meanwhile, American Airlines’ “seamless codeshare availability” with Iberia and British Airways covers all…

|

As Its Delta Deal Downsizes, Alaska Airlines Ups ‘Joint’ Sales With AA

[UPDATE, Dec. 19, 2016: Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines as of May 1, 2017, no longer will share codes. The carriers also will cease frequent flyer program reciprocity. An interlining deal for ticketing and baggage connectivity will continue.] Alaska Air Lines’ relationship with Delta seems about over as one with American is ramping up….

|

Booking Lufthansa Partner Codeshare Flights Has Consequences

As Lufthansa’s 16 euro fee for booking through global distribution channels apparently takes effect, some will seek a “loophole” by using partner codes. However, doing so can cause problems that call into question what the airline industry calls metal neutrality. Code shares within an airline joint venture provide many more travel options than a single carrier can with its own…