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IATA to Mark NDC Milestone
IATA to Mark NDC Milestone

IATA’s Passenger and Airport Data Interchange Standards board, which oversees all technical standards developed under IATA’s auspices, is slated to validate NDC version 1.1.4 for shopping, booking, servicing, payment, and ticketing.

Travelport’s First Quarter Air Bookings Down
Travelport’s First Quarter Air Bookings Down

This year will be a “transitional year” for Travelport, according to chief executive officer Gordon Wilson. Travelport reported a net loss of $7 million in the first quarter of 2015, an improvement over its $27 million loss in first quarter of 2014.
 

Amadeus’ Market Share Grows
Amadeus’ Market Share Grows

Amadeus’ share of travel agency air bookings grew to 42.3% in the first quarter, up from 39.9% in first quarter 2014. Part of the growth came from new business from Orbitz under a new contract implemented at the beginning of the year.

Sabre to Acquire Abacus International
Sabre to Acquire Abacus International

Sabre Corp. signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of Abacus International, the Asia Pacific GDS that is a joint venture of Sabre and a consortium of 11 Asian airlines. Its current stake is 35%.

AA Plans a Smooth Transition to Single Res System
AA Plans a Smooth Transition to Single Res System

American Airlines outlined its plan to smooth the way through the migration to a single reservations system later this year. US Airways will move off the SHARES system and will join American on the Sabre system.

Study Finds Confusion Over Ancillary Services and Fees
Study Finds Confusion Over Ancillary Services and Fees

In an ideal world, travelers would like to have a menu of ancillary products and services from which they could make choices, rather than a set-in-stone bundle, according to a new report by Nielsen, commissioned by airline e-commerce facilitator Switchfly.

Sabre: Upbeat on First-Quarter Earnings
Sabre: Upbeat on First-Quarter Earnings

Sabre’s CEO is upbeat about the company’s direction and its first-quarter earnings. It reported net income of $49 million, a 6.6% increase over the first quarter of 2014.

Amex GBT Adopts Cloud Computing
Amex GBT Adopts Cloud Computing

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is moving to the cloud. With that move, it’s aiming to create a system infrastructure that allows it to drive higher performance and efficiencies now that it is no longer a unit of the American Express Co.

Travelport Smartpoint Now Incorporates Leading-Edge Air Merchandising Solution

The newest version of Travelport’s Smartpoint desktop solution is available now. Packed with new features and functionality, including game-changing merchandising content and an ever-expanding range of airlines and ancillaries, Travelport Smartpoint makes it easier than ever to book travel for your customers.