New Distribution Capability

Sabre President Kurt Ekert: ‘We Want GetThere To Be A Showcase’ For NDC

Estimated reading time: 16 minutes The Company Dime co-founder Jay Campbell on Friday interviewed Sabre president Kurt Ekert by videoconference. Among other issues, Ekert talked about a starring role for Sabre’s GetThere corporate booking tool, hope for near-term adoption of the New Distribution Capability, an “arms race” for corporate travel management companies and how Sabre’s…

Still Beating Display Drum, Delta Restates New Distribution Capability ‘Pause’

While continuing to argue that retailing capabilities in traditional connections and displays could improve, a Delta Air Lines exec on Wednesday said a New Distribution Capability project with Sabre that the airline halted a couple of years ago had “very much restarted.” Also this week, Delta officials clarified 2020 comments widely taken to mean NDC…

Airline Contracts Are Complex But Applying Them Need Not Be Inefficient, Developers Say

Travel management companies want to maximize revenues, corporate program managers want smooth servicing and no one wants debit memos. New integration between a pair of travel tech firms hopes to accomplish all of that and address some of the challenges of alternative airline distribution models. The key is using automation to overcome airline contract complexity….

Spotnana Integrates With American Airlines To ‘Personalize’ Offers

Travel tech startup Spotnana several weeks ago activated “advanced,” direct integration with American Airlines to give travelers and agents booking and full post-ticketing capabilities, ARC/BSP settlement and access to new products. By using the airline’s NDC-compliant application programming interface from Accelya, the pair went live with offers that are not currently available in Sabre. “We…

Op Ed: Tony D’Astolfo On NDC And Dominus Vobiscum 

Following his intimate involvement in an award-winning NDC corporate travel program, Tony D’Astolfo of Serko, in his unique way, spotlights one of the unsolved issues: the economics. Many have debated whether airline distribution evolution is mainly about the technology or the money. Both matter. They say you should never talk politics or religion. These days…

Reporter’s Notebook: At GBTA, New Airline Distribution Disenchants

San Diego — Education sessions at the Global Business Travel Association’s annual convention last month had a few main themes, with risk, sustainability and payment getting lots of attention. Distribution also enjoyed significant airtime, but not the hotel or car rental kind. Airline distribution sessions were packed.  For many, the prevailing feeling was that the…

United Preps Distribution Channels For Continuous Pricing

United Airlines is testing continuous pricing on some U.S. routes. The concept frees airlines from the traditional alphabet-based fare class structure and permits more flexibility with smaller jumps between price points. Distributing such fares through all channels is a challenge, and United is pressing ahead on direct booking for corporate accounts. It’s planning a new…

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