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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 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…

Amex Global Business Travel: Investor Dispute Involving Carlyle Group Doesn’t Impact Day-To-Day

A shareholder in American Express Global Business Travel is suing two investment firms, Carlyle Group and GIC, to get them to stick to their agreement to buy into the travel management company as announced in December. “An American Express Global Business Travel shareholder, the Juweel group, filed a lawsuit against the Carlyle Group and GIC…

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As Airline Distribution Evolves, Where Does That Leave Sabre’s System For Corporate Contracting?

The preeminent mechanism for crunching data on corporate deals may be getting long in the tooth. Airlines weren’t totally comfortable when the independent company that built it sold to Sabre about eight years ago. As demonstrated by court testimony last month, at least some airlines remain loathe to have Sabre own important components of their…

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Economist: Slow Pace Of NDC Through GDSs Isn’t Surprising, GDSs Dominate Because TMCs Need Them

Wilmington, Del. — Global distribution systems dominate indirect air travel distribution because travel agencies don’t want it another way. So it’s not unexpected to find that a new initiative like moving to XML-based connectivity under NDC takes a long time. So says an award-winning economist who has studied the travel distribution market for about a…

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Testimony In Sabre Trial Suggests Distribution Fees Paid By Airlines Could Decline Under NDC

Wilmington, Del. — Sabre has entertained the idea of charging airlines lower prices for bookings made through NDC-compliant connections than it does for those made traditionally. The information emerged here Thursday during testimony at the United States of America v. Sabre trial.  According to evidence presented in the trial, American, Delta and United as of…

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American, United Considered Investing In Farelogix To Keep It From The Likes Of Sabre

Wilmington, Del. — Executives with American Airlines thought about buying a piece of Farelogix a few years back when they got wind that the tech developer, a key partner, might be for sale. No deal occurred after Farelogix owners floated a “buy it now” price of $500 million. Sabre in November 2018 announced an agreement…

Applying Variable Fee On NDC Bookings, Egencia To Access Lufthansa ‘Light’ Fares

Economy “Light” fares from Lufthansa Group carriers will be available to Egencia users in 10 European markets from Sept. 23. This is made possible by a booking connection between the travel management company and the airline group using Lufthansa’s NDC-compliant application programming interface. Lufthansa’s Light fares were in global distribution systems before the airline removed…