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Sabre, TMCs Advance AA NDC Testing
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Sabre, TMCs Advance AA NDC Testing

After some initial tests of basic functionality late last year, Sabre and several travel management companies last week started an “expanded pilot” to support fares coming through American Airlines’ NDC-compliant application programming interface. Corporate travel buyers are keen to see progress as they contemplate potentially unwelcome consequences of American’s plan in nine weeks to pull…

Travelport TMCs Rave About Startup’s Commissions Automation
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Travelport TMCs Rave About Startup’s Commissions Automation

For Willy Wong, a call from Travelport’s head of Australia and New Zealand a few years ago seemed like a missed opportunity. But it developed into a happy relationship with five North America-based travel management companies.  During an interview this month, the founder of Toronto-based automation provider iFuture said that as a software developer, his…

American Airlines Finds Fans, Foes Of Distribution Plan (Audio)
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American Airlines Finds Fans, Foes Of Distribution Plan (Audio)

Airline industry folks including a top consultant and tech provider saw American Airlines’ distribution strategy revealed Monday as progress. Corporate travel management company leaders? Not as much.  “This AA announcement appears to remove current content, in the name of NDC, while also limiting other content, which brings confusion to the booking process,” according to a…

AA Cranks Up Bias For NDC, Claims Sabre TMCs Will Be Financially Whole
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AA Cranks Up Bias For NDC, Claims Sabre TMCs Will Be Financially Whole

American Airlines on Monday told travel agencies that more than 40 percent of its existing content, as well as newly developed offers, would be accessible only through “modern” channels come April. It’s another component of AA’s new overarching revenue strategy that revamps some corporate travel traditions. Some buyers praised AA for taking the leap. It…

With Google ITA, Deem Presents Clients A New Choice For Shopping Southwest
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With Google ITA, Deem Presents Clients A New Choice For Shopping Southwest

[CORRECTION, Oct. 19, 2022: The original version of this article included outdated information about some Southwest Airlines leisure routes not available to Deem users via certain shopping channels. There are no longer any such restrictions.] Southwest Airlines early this year began “limited” participation in the Google ITA QPX airfare search and shopping system. Corporate online…

BCD Travel Ditches Travelport
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BCD Travel Ditches Travelport

BCD Travel is moving to two global distribution system partners from three, focusing on Amadeus and Sabre while leaving out Travelport. “We have a high regard for Travelport, but we’re confident that the direction we’ve taken is the right one for our business and our customers,” according to a statement attributed to Thane Jackson, BCD…

Spotnana Integrates With American Airlines To ‘Personalize’ Offers
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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…

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