Lufthansa and Sabre Settle Differences
(Lufthansa and Sabre Sign a Truce After Long-Running Airline Distribution Tussle, December 16, 2020 via Skift) (subscription may be required)
For months now, we have featured stories regarding the ongoing commercial and legal battles between European airline group, Lufthansa Group (parent to Austrian, Lufthansa, SWISS, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines) and global distribution system (GDS) provider Sabre. The two companies have apparently resolved their differences, as the companies announced last week that they had entered into a new distribution agreement under which Lufthansa’s content, including continuous dynamic pricing, would continue to be distributed through Sabre’s GDS and, possibly as early as next year, through the New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard available through Sabre’s travel marketplace. No information was given whether this new deal would include Lufthansa’s controversial surcharge on all bookings made through the GDS provider. Lest you think that Lufthansa is throwing in the towel on its aggressive direct booking campaign (which until this latest Sabre announcement, avoided entirely the “classic” distribution systems of Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport for distribution of its new and dynamic content), Lufthansa also announced last week that it had entered into a new direct booking relationship with American Express Global Business Travel using NDC to provide dynamic content direct to American Express’s online booking tool, Neo.
EU Releases Anticipated Online Regulations
(European Union Antitrust Boss Cites Booking and Google in Regulatory Remarks, December 16, 2020 via Skift) (subscription may be required)
For the past several weeks, we have included stories detailing the upcoming release of the European Commission’s highly anticipated (and repeatedly delayed) technology regulations. The draft regulations – organized into two separate regulatory schemes, the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act – were issued this past week for review and comment.