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Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Air France-KLM struck a private channel agreement with Amadeus in 2018. Airbus SAS Skift Take: The juries are still out over whether airlines and the global distribution systems will kiss and make up soon. Corporate travel agencies will be hoping it won’t be much longer though, otherwise some may face the prospect of having to […]

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Accelya to Buy Farelogix in Airline Tech Rollup

Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman, and CEO Robert F. Smith. Vista is investing in an airline tech services group. Vista Equity Partners Skift Take: Vista, the investor behind this merger of airline tech vendors Accelya and Farelogix, is no private equity tourist. The firm has committed tens of billions to technology businesses, and it shows […]

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New Wholesale Model Could Shake Up Airline Distribution Thanks to American Airlines Test With Sabre

American Airlines aircraft queue. American Airlines Group has testified in U.S. and UK competition investigations into the actions of Sabre and other travel technology companies. A U.S. federal court and a UK competition watchdog have published comprehensive findings on airline distribution, revealin broad trends in the sector. Angus Mordant / Bloomberg Skift Take: We read […]

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Duffel Joins Wave of Startups Accelerating Efforts to Reinvent Airline Distribution

Passengers at a boarding gate at Frankfurt airport in a photo take in 2017. Lufthansa is one of the airlines distributing airfares via Duffel, a new travel technology distribution service. Duffel, a company that helps airlines sell their tickets, has quietly amassed more venture capital funding than all other next-generation airline distribution startups. Gregor Schlaeger […]

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Why Airlines Keep Creating Even More Types of Fares

Shown here is the “first lounge” of Qantas airlines at the main international airport in Sydney, Australia. Qantas offers fare types like Red eDeal, Flex, and Businesss as a way to squeeze out incremental margin on ticket prices and defend against market share incursions. Qantas Skift Take: Many airline executives insist that their so-called New […]

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Scalability is Key to Driving Adoption of New Distribution Capability Standards

Skift Take: When it comes to implementing and adopting the New Distribution Capability standards for airline retailing, there needs to be a strong focus on enabling scalability, across the entire retailing, distribution, and fulfillment process. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Why Etraveli’s Airline Tech Deal Could Catch Airbnb’s Eye

Some developers at work in the Athens, Greece, office of Etraveli, an online travel group based in Sweden. Hopefully they take better care of the software code than the fish in that fish tank. Etraveli Skift Take: We don’t know much about Airbnb’s thinking about launching a flights product, but an unrelated acquisition by Etraveli […]