May 13, 2020

The Role of NDC in a Post Covid-19 World

The recent announcement that beginning June 1st Sabre agents will no longer be able to book Lufthansa flights on the Sabre GDS may be a signal of more changes to come in travel distribution as the industry slowly recovers from the global pandemic. Though the Sabre/Farelogix deal was cancelled, the Sabre/DOJ trial clearly uncovered the airlines continued commitment to transform […]
October 10, 2018

Connecting the Dots – NDC, Mobile and Personalized Offers

We are in the midst of a radical restructuring of air travel distribution. We have heard for the last 5 years that IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) will drive a new era of airline retailing.  In recent speeches at a variety of industry events,  Yanik Hoyles, Director of the NDC Program at IATA, emphasized that NDC is all about bringing […]
June 11, 2015

The Impact of the Lufthansa GDS Fee, Will Metasearch be Coming to Airline.com sites?

Lately, I have found it difficult to find time to blog as Travel Tech Consulting juggles multiple projects across the travel industry, but I felt compelled to comment on last week’s news that Lufthansa would be charging 16 Euros for bookings through the GDS.  I have read lots of commentary on this action ranging from support from fellow carriers and hoteliers commending […]
April 30, 2012

The Impact of Mobile OS on Travel Distribution

Update: July 10th 2012 – Apple awarded iTravel Patent! The approaching wave of mobile OS travel buttons (Apple iTravel, Google Travel, Bing!Travel Mobile) need to be viewed within a historical context of travel distribution. At the heart of these efforts is a new customer interface for travel. During the pre-Web days, traditional travel agents controlled distribution through their mastery of GDS cryptic […]
September 13, 2011

Google Flights

  The much anticipated  integration between ITA Software and Google arrived today with the launch of Google Flight search. The most visible enhancement in this new interface is the instant loading of fares and schedules when you enter the city pairs. The ability to launch flights from the standard Google box which leads you to the flight page ties general […]
April 22, 2011

Airlines and GDS Battle in Court

The news this week that USAir has filled a suit against Sabre based on violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act comes on the heals of a similar lawsuit filled by AA against Travelport last week. These lawsuits may foretell serious disruption to the traditional travel distribution ecosystem. Most observers would agree that the GDS have been an oligopoly for some time and certainly a monopoly in […]