global distribution system

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…

AmTrav Partnership With Journera Starts With Knowing When Corporate Travelers Board The Plane (Audio)

AmTrav Corporate Travel agreed to start using Journera’s data exchange platform. It is the first travel management company to do so. Founded in 2015 and launched a year later, Journera wants to be the glue in an interconnected travel ecosystem. It uses application programming interfaces to assemble complete views of trips. In that way, it…

Sabre: Corporate Volume Still Down 80 Percent, Likely Stalled Until 2021

Leisure travel bookings continue to recover faster than corporate, which remains down 80 percent year over year, according to Sabre. Speaking with analysts on Friday, Sabre president and CEO Sean Menke said, “We don’t see corporate bookings starting to recover until 2021.” He pointed to intense focus on duty of care and the impact of…

Op Ed: Tom Kallas On TMC Pricing Transparency

During his 41-year career in travel, Partnership Travel Consulting’s Tom Kallas held senior roles at corporate travel agencies including BCD Travel, IVI, Travelocity Business and World Travel Inc. Here he argues that TMC pricing is “not simply repeal and replace.” The recent article regarding the American Express Global Business Travel strategy to charge a fee…

Southwest ‘Still Evaluating’ TMC Strategy Ahead Of Expanded GDS Participation, Expected By June

Southwest Airlines expects next quarter to add virtually all its fares and inventory to Travelport’s Apollo and Worldspan global distribution systems, in accordance with its August announcement about expanded GDS participation. Amadeus and Travelport’s Galileo will get equivalent feeds later this year. Sabre is TBD. “We are no longer having conversations regarding full participation within…

Travelport’s Webb: Prior Management Was ‘Picking Around The Edges Without Solving The Bigger Issue’ Of Consolidating Tech

After Travelport declined to comment for a Jan. 22 article about rationalizing its core systems, the company’s board approved funding for that purpose. Travelport then made its CEO available to industry media. Asked last week what he meant by some comments in the published interviews, Greg Webb threw his predecessors under the bus. According to…

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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