Shelved US Airways Direct Connect Evokes Airline Distribution Aspirations

By | October 28, 2016

[UPDATE, Nov. 28, 2016: The Germany-based distributor with which US Airways tested its Farelogix-powered direct connection was consolidator Aerticket, according to case testimony. US Airways was disappointed with the volume of bookings processed this way.]

New York — According to court testimony, US Airways six years ago prepared to pay travel agencies as much as $4 per ticket issued through a new direct connection. It was ready to opt out of the prevailing discount program and pay Sabre's "rack rates" on remaining GDS bookings if Sabre dropped a prohibition against direct connections . . .

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Author: Jay Campbell

Jay Campbell in 2004 created travel business newsletter The Beat, in 2006 co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 integrated them into Northstar Travel Media's BTN Group. He served as editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University.