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

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

More recent updates first:

Monday 31 December 2012:

Friday 21 December 2012 (II):

Friday 21 December 2012:

Tuesday 18 December 2012:

Monday 17 December 2012:

Tuesday 11 December 2012:

  • Korean Air and Amadeus sign full content partnership. The global deal allows agents using the Amadeus plaform to access the airline’s full range of fares and inventory. The distribution agreement is a renewal of an existing pact and also coincides with the airline migrating to the Amadeus Altea Suite in 2014.
  • Travelport reveals merchandising move with Air New Zealand. The agreement sees Travelport GDS-connected agents in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK given the ability to book extra bags through the carrier’s electronic miscellaneous document tools. The service may be purchased at the time of booking, or up to three hours prior to departure for international journeys and up to 30 minutes prior for domestic New Zealand trips, Travelport says.
  • Abacus to sponsor Kowloon Rugby Football Club. The agreement means the Hong Kong-based club will be renamed Abacus Kowloon Club.
  • Hotel prices in Asia – December 2012 to February 2013
  • New IATA distribution project hits European legal stumbling block

Friday 7 December 2012:

Wednesday 5 December 2012:

  • Amadeus and Virgin Australia seal content agreement. The multi-year package gives agencies connected to the Amadeus GDS the ability to access the airline’s full range of fares, inventory and schedules. Last-seat availability will also be on the GDS as a result of the agreement.
  • Travelport hires a head of commercial strategy for the Middle East and Africa. Stuart Laird-Smith will report to president and managing director for MEA, Rabih Saab. Prior to joining Travelport, Laird-Smith was head of commertcial and operations finance at South African Airways.
  • Tnooz-Sabre Webinar VIDEO – App explosion: how B2B apps reinvent travel and create new services

Tuesday 4 December 2012:

Monday 3 December 2012:

Previous GDS updates:

NB: Globe technology image via Shutterstock.

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