Tag Archives: Travelport

NDC Registration Isn’t Meaningless, But Also Doesn’t Say Much

Airlines, tech companies and travel agencies can register with the International Air Transport Association for certification on the New Distribution Capability. Air France-KLM and Hogg Robinson Group are among the latest to do so. What does this certification mean? Mostly, it’s a sign. A carrier that has done what it takes to get registered (AA, BA, United) is showing it publicly… Read More »

Adopting NDC Requires TMC Tech Overhaul, But Airlines Aren’t Offering Much Time

Airlines have big plans for new distribution capabilities. Whether and when they become reality in corporate travel remain open questions. At the moment, it’s looking like a huge challenge. British Airways officials said they anticipated a “large chunk” of travel agencies would transition to NDC channels this year. Air France-KLM’s roadmap calls for new products to be made… Read More »

Wall Street Analysts: Amadeus Lead On GDS Rivals Is ‘Insurmountable’

Evercore ISI analysts are bullish on Amadeus. They like the strength of its airline IT business and expect the company to continue growing share on the GDS side. Evercore in a research report issued Jan. 4 raised its Amadeus outlook to “outperform” from “in line.” Amadeus’ gains would be losses for Sabre and Travelport, both downgraded by Evercore… Read More »

Small, Midsize U.K. Travel Management Companies Reckon With British Airways Surcharge

With many travel management companies accepting the IAG airlines’ private channel GDS deals, which are left out? Industry experts see the “have-nots” facing ruin or consolidation. The puzzling part is, why would British Airways and Iberia want that? Posed to a BA press official, that question was not answered. International Airlines Group has declined multiple requests over the… Read More »

Travelport Signs With BA, Iberia To Remove Surcharge For TMCs Giving Up GDS Incentives

Travelport and British Airways/Iberia agreed to a framework for surcharge-free airfares, adopting the private channel concept for travel agency users that sacrifice GDS incentives. It wasn’t unexpected, but the agreement serves as a letdown for some U.K. travel agency leaders who were hoping the market’s top GDS would fight the private-channel construct. Amadeus and Sabre had previously agreed to… Read More »

IAG Removes Surcharge For Expedia, Egencia

British Airways and Iberia agreed to remove their global distribution system surcharge for users of Expedia and clients of its Egencia corporate travel arm, according to an Egencia spokesperson. “As part of a wider Expedia/Egencia agreement reached by Expedia Inc. and IAG (BA and Iberia), travelers booking from EMEA and Asia Pacific have been surcharge-free since November 1,… Read More »

Sabre CEO Menke Explains The Private Channel

Sabre CEO Sean Menke confirmed what many suspected. The IAG private channel option for travel agencies caught up in reworked economics between airlines and GDSs is about foregoing GDS incentives. Parent of British Airways and Iberia, IAG created “two buckets for the agency community,” Menke explained during the Wednesday Bernstein Technology Summit. He called them the “haves and have-nots.” The… Read More »

GDSs Power Up In Hotel Arms Race

GDS operators continue to beef up hotel content and make it easier for travel agents to get at. Among recent moves, Travelport began negotiating its own hotel rates and offered a new agent point-of-sale tool. Sabre is planning a new multi-source hotel content solution for 2018. The goal for these distributors and Amadeus is to bring in as much… Read More »

Sabre Accepts IAG Private Channel; Air France-KLM Announces Surcharge

Sabre reached a deal with International Airlines Group to give agency users a “path to unique content if they enter a Private Channel agreement” with IAG airlines. That presumably would waive the carriers’ surcharge on bookings through global distribution systems. A Sabre spokesperson informed reporters of the development Friday morning. That was hours after Air France-KLM announced a distribution… Read More »

All In With Amadeus, Air Canada Eyes Advancements For Corporate Travel

Air Canada last month announced a new contract with Amadeus to install a passenger service system and various add-ons, falling in line with several of its Star Alliance partners. The distribution component of the relationship also advanced. For Amadeus agencies, these developments will bring new capabilities for servicing corporate customers. Amadeus agencies already are booking Air Canada’s branded… Read More »