Surcharges Will Be Waived in Travelport-Swiss Deal
Travelport signed new multiyear global content agreements with Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines that continue to waive all GDS surcharges for subscribers who participate in the Lufthansa and Swiss Preferred Fares programs, which operate in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Lufthansa, Swiss and other carriers in the Lufthansa Group introduced the programs in 2008. They imposed hefty fare hikes on bookings made through GDSs, unless agents agreed to pay surcharges that in some cases were higher than the GDS segment fees. Travelport was the first GDS company to strike a deal with the carriers to waive the surcharges.
The new deal also ensures that Galileo and Worldspan travel agencies worldwide have access to Lufthansa and Swiss’ full published content.
Finnair Begins Ancillary Distribution Through Amadeus Agencies
Travel agencies in seven Northern European countries are now able book Finnair’s ancillary products through the Amadeus Selling Platform. The initial service enables the booking and payment of excess baggage and preferred seats, which range from €6 to €60 (about $7.95 to $79.50) for non-elite passengers.
Finnair will use the Electronic Miscellaneous Document as the fulfillment solution.
The service is initially available in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Finnair has been an active partner to Amadeus in the development of technology for ancillary product sales, launching the first EMD in Europe. In January, Finnair and Egyptair were the launch customers for Amadeus’ interline EMD.
Abacus Begins Rollout of Revamped Powersuite
Abacus International, the Asian GDS and technology provider, began the rollout of a new version of Abacus PowerSuite, a full-service solution that offers complete front-, mid- and back-office functions.
The new version includes a new tour management module that provides agents with tools to create in-house customized independent travel and group tour itineraries and packages.
It also integrates the sales, FIT and tour order modules and consolidates all agency operations into the same accounting system.
The new version also provides additional templates for the creation of customized operational and analytical reports and new filter, sort, group, display and formula options in the custom report writer.
The customer management component includes customizable labeling for customer-required data.