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Former Travelport, CWT Exec Kurt Ekert Joins Sabre As President

Sabre on Wednesday said former CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert, who previously spent 14 years as a leader with Travelport and related organizations, would become its president as of Jan. 3. Sean Menke retains the CEO role. The move builds “a leadership team for the future of Sabre,” according to a press statement. A…

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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…

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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…

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Amex Global Business Travel: Southwest GDS Participation Remains Incomplete, Hence Extra Client Fee

American Express Global Business Travel continues to charge clients an extra $10 for bookings made with Southwest Airlines even though the carrier expanded its participation in global distribution systems. According to the world’s largest travel management company, a substantial number of Southwest fares and related services that clients want require extra work. Officials at the…

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Siemens: Amadeus Deal Underpins Global Content Acquisition And Traveler Experience

In its move to two travel management companies and one global distribution system, $67 billion multinational manufacturing conglomerate Siemens focused on the traveler experience.  Some corporations that establish agreements with GDS providers do so for economic reasons. “Incentives were clearly not the driver in this change,” according to an email this week from Siemens head…

Travelport’s Webb Thinks Agent Green Screens Are On The Outs, But He Has Said That Before (Audio)

Travelport this year will build out a new application programming interface, a cloud-based agent desktop and air and hotel contract optimization systems for agencies as part of an overall move toward a “single, next-generation platform,” according to CEO Greg Webb. “We have a set of key features that over the next 18 months come out…

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Airlines Expect Corporates To Pay For The Provision Of ‘NDC Content,’ But What And Where Is It?

Hailed as a solution for the challenges of fare unbundling, NDC has been in development for nine years. What does it have to show for corporate clients? A rebundled fare, theoretical savings, “whatnot” and “whatever.” Oh, and new distribution fees. “So, nothing new or innovative,” according to former Sabre executive Martin Cowley. Cowley got into…