Marketplace News

Perspective: Our Position On The IATA NDC

October 18th, 2012

Sabre fully supports the development and implementation of new technology standards to meet the evolving needs of all stakeholders including airlines, business and leisure travelers, and the travel agencies that serve them. Based on our extensive evaluation and deep technical analysis of IATA’s proposal, our conclusion is clear. We do not see how the proposed NDC … Read More

In The News: Has IATA New Distribution Capability Been Thought Through?

October 18th, 2012

The European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations see a number of unanswered questions with the IATA New Distribution Capability. ECTAA is closely following the NDC project, considering the huge impact it could have on air ticket distribution and on travel agents, who sell nearly 60 percent of global air tickets. “While a single standard … Read More

In The News: ASTA And BTC Challenge IATA Claim Of Transparency Regarding New Distribution Capability

October 18th, 2012

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and Business Travel Coalition (BTC) today sharply disputed claims by Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that the development of the “New Distribution Capability” (NDC) was being conducted in open and transparent collaboration with all segments of the travel industry that would be affected … Read More

In The News: Travel Taxes Consume Vacation Dollars

October 18th, 2012

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, “Travel is one of the most heavily taxed activities in the U.S., even though most cities and towns try hard to encourage visitors and tourism.” The report noted that “Cigarettes are about the only thing taxed more heavily among consumer purchases.” The result is significant, since … Read More

In The News: Flybe Argues For Ticket Price Transparency

October 9th, 2012

Flybe, a low-cost regional airline group based in the United Kingdon, called for stronger enforcement of rules that provide more transparency on debit card fees. “Consumers are being duped into thinking that there is some sort of level playing field when comparing ticket prices,” Flybe MD Andrew Strong said. “Media reports that airlines have become … Read More

In The News: Airlines Pressed To Be More Open On Fees

October 5th, 2012

Two advocates for airline passengers recently blasted the difficulties consumers have comparing fees on baggage and other services. “It’s outrageous that people can’t comparison shop,” said Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a member of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection, a panel that is making consumer recommendations to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Read more.

Press Release: Cathay Pacific Broadens Customer Reach With Sabre

October 4th, 2012

Cathay Pacific Airways and Sabre Travel Network have reached a new multi-year distribution agreement, offering Sabre Connected travel agents a comprehensive range of content, fares, schedules and inventory. “Cathay Pacific is always looking for ways to work more effectively with its agency partners. This agreement with Sabre will further support our travel agents with a … Read More

Press Release: Copa Airlines Renews Full-Content Agreement With Sabre

October 3rd, 2012

Sabre Travel Network, a global technology company serving travel agencies and suppliers, has recently extended a multi-year agreement with Copa Airlines to distribute its full content to travel agencies and corporations connected to the Sabre marketplace. The new agreement assures Copa Airlines’ full content to more than 350,000 travel agencies using the Sabre Red Workspace Read More

Press Release: Long-Term Partners Qantas And Sabre Renew Distribution Agreement

October 2nd, 2012

Qantas Airways and Sabre Travel Network, a global technology company serving travel agencies and suppliers, have renewed their distribution agreement, signing a long-term, global full content distribution system (GDS) deal, which includes the airline’s advance seat selection ancillary. Additionally, Sabre Connected agencies will continue to access all of Qantas’ published fares, schedules and inventory including … Read More

Act Now: DOT Delays Passenger Protection Rules: What This Means For You

September 25th, 2012

We’ve devoted a lot of space on Let the Market Fly to talk about the value of transparency and competition in the travel marketplace. As you know, travelers have faced ever more hidden fees in air travel, making it virtually impossible to compare the full cost of travel among competing carriers. That’s why we’ve long … Read More

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