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Expecting More Non-GDS Fares, Air Canada To Launch Tool For Travel Agencies To Service Direct Bookings And Access NDC

Air Canada 18 years ago debuted fare families, a response to low-cost competition that set off a revolution in airline pricing. The company’s decision shortly thereafter to make some fares exclusive to its direct channels augured similar moves more than a decade later by big carriers in Europe and elsewhere. Is Montréal changing the game…

Direct Airline Booking Took Share From Indirect During The Pandemic, But Will It Last?

As a percentage of airline passengers boarded globally, those who booked via global distribution systems in the years leading up to the pandemic roughly equaled those who booked directly with carriers. That changed when corporate travel all but evaporated. Leisure travelers booking on airline websites took a greater share, and the balance isn’t back. Whether…

Under New Agreement, Sabre Will ‘Motivate’ TMCs To Sell ‘Higher-Value’ Delta Products

Under Delta’s new, three-year full content agreement with Sabre, the airline will pay the global distribution system provider more for bookings that bring in more revenue and less for those that don’t. They claimed an industry first and said corporate travel buyers who want access to the lowest fares would continue to have it. The…

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…

ARC Notes Positive Booking Trends But Preps For Closures At Up To One In Four Travel Management Company Locations (Audio)

Tickets issued by corporate travel agencies last week were down 85.7 percent year over year. It was a slight improvement on the week before, continuing a modest trend. Speaking last week during a Teleconference call, ARC president and CEO Mike Premo shared his “marketing spin” that corporate travel grew by more than 50 percent during…

NuTravel, Delta Build Out Direct Business Travel Booking

When ARC this week announced its investment in nuTravel, the latter’s CEO referenced a new “global airline” customer. Looks like it’s Delta. “At the end of this quarter, we will introduce new functionality, powered by nuTravel, that enables the management of delta.com business bookings and allows for duty of care, payment management, expense provider integrations and…

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