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Sabre CEO “Confident” in Wake of Lufthansa’s Surcharge Plan
Sabre CEO “Confident” in Wake of Lufthansa’s Surcharge Plan

Sabre Corp.’s CEO said he’s “confident” the GDS’ business will be fine despite Lufthansa’s announced intention to impose a €16 ($18.70) surcharge on GDS bookings beginning Sept. 1.

Corporate Travel Execs Call Lufthansa Plan Disruptive
Corporate Travel Execs Call Lufthansa Plan Disruptive

The corporate travel community weighs in on Lufthansa’s recently-announced plan to place a surcharge on GDS bookings. Its reaction, unsurprisingly, is all negative.

Brave New World: AI To Be Part of Agency Channel, Report Sez
Brave New World: AI To Be Part of Agency Channel, Report Sez

Artificial intelligence (AI) will be integrated into the travel agency channel by 2030, according to a new report from Amadeus. The AI will understand the traveler’s needs and desires in a way that was never before achievable, making 100% conversion rates not only possible, but fairly common.

American Airlines’ ‘Direct Connect’: A Success with OTAs
American Airlines’ ‘Direct Connect’: A Success with OTAs

Every major OTA in the U.S., with the exception of Expedia, is connecting with American Airlines via its AADC application programming interface, according to an airline executive.

IATA To Standardize Carry-on Bag Size
IATA To Standardize Carry-on Bag Size

IATA launched a new initiative to streamline the accommodation of carry-on bags on aircraft. The association has been working with airline members of IATA and aircraft manufacturers to determine an optimum size guideline.

LH Surcharge: Won’t Apply to United-Marketed, Ticketed Flights
LH Surcharge: Won’t Apply to United-Marketed, Ticketed Flights

The Lufthansa Group’s Distribution Cost Charge, a $17.80 surcharge on GDS bookings slated to go into effect Sept. 1, apparently will not apply to Lufthansa-operated flights if they are booked as a United Airlines code-share on United ticket stock.

Amadeus: ‘No New Deal with Lufthansa’
Amadeus: ‘No New Deal with Lufthansa’

Amadeus told its customers that it does not have a new contract with the Lufthansa Group, despite an assertion by an executive of the group that it has restructured its agreements with Amadeus and Sabre. The group comprises Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines.

Lufthansa to Add Hefty Surcharge to GDS Bookings
Lufthansa to Add Hefty Surcharge to GDS Bookings

Lufthansa Group Airlines will add a significant surcharge to every ticket booked by a channel using a GDS, beginning Sept. 1. The new “Distribution Cost Charge” (DCC) will apply worldwide. Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport registered their strong opposition to the move.

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.