GDS news from Travelport, Amadeus, Sabre, Abacus – August 2012

Product news, releases, projects and more from the global distribution systems during August 2012 – all here, in one easy read.

More recent updates first:

Wednesday 29 August 2012:

Tuesday 28 August 2012:

  • Digital Travel signs GDS deal with Travelport. The Australia-based agency group will use the Galileo distribution system for customers to its so-called VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) service for Asian residents. Digital Travel has used Galileo since 1992 and has expanded since to include four branches in Queensland and New South Wales.
  • Sabre finds first European carrier in Alitalia to include ancillary services on the GDS. The agreement is an extension of its so-called full content deal with the Italian airline, but does now actually include other content such as the ability for Sabre-connected agents to book services such as pre-paid baggage and access to airport lounges. Sabre says the additional ancillary agrement uses technology standards developed by ATPCO and IATA.
  • Travelport trials chauffeur-driven transfer booking service. The service, known as Travelport Drive Me, is being piloted with a number of Galileo-connected agents in Asia, allowing them to book transfers at 21 airports in China, India, Singapore and the Philippines. Bookings are integrated into a customer’s existing PNR and agents are able to earn commission for any products they secure for clients.
  • Mobile travel apps: enjoy the opportunities but beware of the legal risks

Monday 27 August 2012:

Friday 24 August 2012:

Wednesday 22 August 2012:

Friday 17 August 2012:

Thursday 16 August 2012:

Wednesday 15 August 2012:

Thursday 9 August 2012:

Tuesday 7 August 2012:

  • Air China and Travelport agree full content distribution deal. The agreement allows Worldspan, Galileo and Apollo-connected agents to gain access to Air China’s full range of fares and inventory. The carrier will also be integrating Travelport’s ViewTrip service to allow passengers to check in online travel and access flight and information updates.
  • Amadeus and Delta strike agreement to see Economy Comfort tickets made available to travel agents. Any agent connected to Amadeus will be able to book the premium economy seats (i.e. extra legroom) with the carrier. The agreement follows a similar package signed between Travelport and Delta in June this year.
  • Abacus signs technology deal with Zest Air. The partnership will see the Philippines-based carrier use Abacus to distribute content and e-tickets through the GDS’s eTAT platform. The airline has recently expanded its route network beyond the Philippines and Chinese network to include Korea on its list of destinations.
  • The problem with general managers in hotels

Monday 6 August 2012:

Friday 3 August 2012:

Thursday 2 August 2012:

Wednesday 1 August 2012:

Previous GDS updates:

NB: Globe technology image via Shutterstock.

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