AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS
Sabre Corporation | July 08, 2022
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology company powering the global travel industry, has successfully integrated IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) content from Qatar Airways (QR) to its global distribution system (GDS). After a pilot phase with agency customers in Australia and Sweden, the offers of Qatar's flag carrier will now be rolled out successively to travel agencies across the globe starting on July 7, 2022.
Travel agencies will be able to shop, book, and manage NDC offers from Qatar Airways. Access to Qatar's content will be available through Sabre Red 360, Sabre's agency point-of-sale tool, as well as its NDC-enabled Offer and Order Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
"We've been actively engaged in Sabre's Beyond NDC program for several years and we're proud to be the first carrier based in EMEA to make our products and offers available to the global travel agency community through Sabre's marketplace, With NDC as a part of our strategy to evolve our offering and enhance ancillary sales, we believe effective distribution in the indirect channel will become more important in the future."
-Matt Raos, senior vice president of global sales at Qatar Airways.
With Qatar Airways' extensive network of destinations, access to the carrier's unique NDC content is expected to be relevant to travel buyers across the globe in the post-COVID-19 recovery period and beyond.
"As the corporate travel sector continues to recover, customers are looking for enhanced shopping experiences and improved content in their marketplace, Our objective is to ensure that our customers and travelers have access to the broadest content and an unrivaled travel experience. We are excited about collaborating with Qatar Airways and Sabre to continue to evolve our customers access to content while delivering the servicing and experience they expect from American Express GBT."
-John Bukowski, vice president of distribution, content and sourcing at American Express Global Business Travel
NDC is one aspect of Sabre's strategic goal to create a new marketplace for personalized travel, with some key developments expected for 2022. Dynamic air pricing for NDC offers is anticipated to become available with the recently launched Air Price IQ ™ product within the Sabre Retail Intelligence suite, which will enable airlines to optimize offers in real-time with machine learning and data analytics capabilities based on airlines' unique strategies and needs. As an NDC aggregator and airline IT provider, Sabre is now included in the Airline Retailing Maturity (ARM) index from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Radixx, which provides solutions for low-cost carrier airlines, is also expected to become certified under the ARM index later this year as an airline IT provider.
We've always said that NDC is a marathon, not a sprint," said Kathy Morgan, vice president of channel delivery for Sabre Travel Solutions. "We believe that realizing the potential of NDC is a collaborative effort, and we are excited about the progress we are making with carriers like Qatar Airways. Alongside strategic efforts like Sabre Travel AI ™, as well as the launch of our Retail Intelligence suite of products, these NDC achievements expand and progress our opportunities to advance personalized retailing.
About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre's software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.
About Qatar Airways
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the 'Airline of the Year' at the 2021 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organization, Skytrax. It was also named 'World's Best Business Class', 'World's Best Business Class Airline Lounge', 'World's Best Business Class Airline Seat', 'World's Best Business Class Onboard Catering' and 'Best Airline in the Middle East'. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021). Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the 'World's Best Airport 2022'.
Cirium | May 19, 2022
Cirium, the aviation analytics company, and travel data analytics firm, 3Victors today announced a reseller partnership to enable Cirium to bring together flight schedules and passenger traffic data with online search data to interpret, understand and forecast passenger demand for airports and DMOs“Cirium and 3Victors share the mission to revolutionize the way the travel industry forecasts future demand.
“Airlines and airports worldwide have long used the Diio by Cirium suite of products for network and traffic analysis. We have invested in the products and have enhanced the quality of our schedules, traffic, and fares data to ensure we maintain our leading position in the market.”
-Kim Gesch, VP Airline Planning at Cirium
Chris Zando, CEO at 3Victors said: Both 3Victors and Cirium are focused on high quality data science to bring real-time insights to commercial decision-making for the industry. The combination of both our capabilities provides the most dynamic forecasting in the market and at a time when it is most needed.
Travel demand models have traditionally been built by comparing current bookings for flights against historical trends. Ticket prices were raised and lowered based on indicators from these models to ensure a flight was booked at optimum fare levels. Post-pandemic, changes to traveler booking behavior means past booking patterns may no longer be reliable as a guide to future demand.
Cirium and 3Victors will join forces to offer the most complete solution for analyzing future traffic, monitoring trends across time and detecting emerging opportunities. The offering will include the Diio by Cirium flight schedules, traffic and fares data alongside 3Victors DemandView search data, providing the most accurate forecast as possible.
This is particularly important for airports seeking better insights to retain and gain air service or DMOs wanting to optimize their marketing campaigns and traveler conversion rates.
3Victors’ search data is captured from more than half a million global touchpoints, including when a prospective traveler visits traditional or online travel agency, meta search, or travel search engine: or searches for flights. The most advanced data science is applied to interpret the traveler behavior, which provides a clear demand signal for flight bookings.
An example using 3Victors data shows that on a recent date there were large spikes in domestic demand originating in the UK and US, along with output showing year-over-year variation. If historical trends alone were used to forecast travel demand, the spikes in travel being seen in 2022 to date would not have been forecast.
Said Cirium’s Gesch: “Pairing Cirium’s capabilities with 3Victors’ contemporary travel demand insights means we can offer clients worldwide the most advanced solution to determine accurate traveler intent, monitor passenger trends, and identify correlations between what travelers are searching and actually booking.”
Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to keep the world moving. Delivering insight, built from decades of experience in the sector, enabling travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines and financial institutions, among others, to make logical and informed decisions which shape the future of travel, growing revenues and enhancing customer experiences. Cirium is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The shares of RELX PLC are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX. For further information please follow Cirium updates on LinkedIn or Twitter or visit www.cirium.com
3Victors has built the industry’s first travel data analytics as a service platform in the Cloud. 3V’s proprietary 360° view of the travel landscape is the nexus between data volume, variety and velocity. 3V delivers market-leading data coverage and real-time analytics and insights, empowering companies with actionable intelligence.
AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS
TripStack and Navitaire | June 29, 2022
TripStack and Navitaire announced that the companies have entered into a strategic partnership that will enable Navitaire hosted carriers to sell Virtual Interline (also known as self-connect) itineraries powered by TripStack technology.The partnership will give the 60+ Navitaire hosted carriers the opportunity to expand their existing network and generate additional revenue without the cost and complexity associated with traditional interline agreements. Virtual Interlining combines flights between carriers without traditional interline agreements, with passengers being responsible for transferring their checked baggage between carriers at connecting airports. The benefits include access to lower fares and more flight connection options. Transfers are protected by the TripStack Self-Connect Guarantee which provides in-trip customer support in case of missed connections or schedule changes.
“We have been working very hard to build our Self-Connect technology and are very excited to be partnering with a highly respected company such as Navitaire. We look forward to serving Navitaire customers and further expanding Self-Connect solutions together with Navitaire in the future. It is such an exciting time to be in the travel industry.”
-Gabor Toth, CEO of TripStack
We believe our partnership with TripStack, another leader focused on enabling true Virtual Interline capabilities, can provide groundbreaking opportunities for our airline customers,” said David P. Evans, Navitaire CEO. “Together, we’ll offer a flexible and less complex way for airlines to reach more customers using modern technology to streamline the Virtual Interline booking process.
TripStack (www.TripStack.com), founded in 2016, is a global leader in Virtual Interlining (VI) technology. Virtual Interlining combines carriers, without traditional interlining agreements, into a single itinerary. It allows airlines to expand their network and product offering while providing travellers with more connections at better prices. TripStack is based in Canada, India and Poland, and is part of the ETraveli Group of companies.
Navitaire (www.navitaire.com), an Amadeus company, delivers industry-leading technology services supporting growth, profitability, and innovation to more than 60 airlines and rail companies worldwide, carrying a total of 819 million annual passengers in 2019, including many of the world’s most successful low-cost and hybrid airlines. Navitaire offers a full suite of proven solutions focused on revenue generation and streamlining costs in reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue accounting, and business intelligence. Navitaire has offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Amadeus Group. Learn more about Navitaire’s industry leadership in shaping the world of travel at www.navitaire.com.
Trip.com's | August 02, 2022
Now that Trip.com's CO2 emissions offsetting partnership with CHOOOSE has been in operation for almost two months, Trip.com wanted to take a moment to assess how the collaboration was progressing and to take an in-depth look at the audiences that are buying emissions offsetting options today. With some interesting revelations to come out of the analysis, below we discuss our findings.CO2 Emissions offsetting options are most popular among UK and European travellersSince June 2022, Trip.com has been offering CO2 emissions offsetting options across almost all flight inventory. According to our recent data, users in the UK were purchasing emissions offsetting products on flights in larger numbers than any other country, with these options being 10% more popular amongst UK users than those from Germany, the next highest adopters of this eco-conscious option. US users took third place, with 11% choosing CO2 emissions offsetting on their flights, followed by 8% of users in the Netherlands, 5% of users from Japan and Australia and 4% from Singapore and Korea.
In terms of overall emissions offsetting purchases, 54% of users who offset their flights emissions were based in Europe, 24% of purchases were made by users from the APAC region (covering East Asia, SE Asia and Australia) and 12% were made by users based in the Americas.
Emissions offsetting options tend to be purchased for short-haul trips
On average, Trip.com users paid 4% of the original airfare for the emissions offsetting product. In terms of travel distance, 71% of users who purchased emissions offsetting did so for short-haul trips (less than three hours), compared to 16% of customers who purchased offsetting for mid-haul flights (three to six hours) and 13% who purchased for a long-haul trip (more than six hours).
Emissions offsetting is most popular among Gen Z and Millennials
Our data shows that emissions offsetting products are most popular among Gen Z and Millennials, the youngest generations who have the most to benefit from these types of initiatives. The products were most popular among 24-33 year olds, with 41% of total offsetting products purchased by this age bracket, followed by 18-23 year olds at 21% and 34-43 year olds accounting for 20% (encompassing geriatric Millennials and some users from Gen X).
How Trip.com x CHOOOSE supports emissions offsetting projects
For those who are interested in purchasing offsetting products with Trip.com and CHOOOSE, they'll be pleased to hear that their contribution goes towards four major sustainability programmes that deliver measurable benefits to the planet and developing communities.
These include a project which supports the building of two waste-to-energy facilities at landfill sites in Turkey, two Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects in Cambodia and Brazil, and the Breathing Space improved cooking stoves programme in India, which offsets traditional high-emission cooking stoves with more energy efficient options.
"We are excited to see that users from over 35 different Trip.com sites are now actively offsetting their flight's CO2 emissions when booking with us, Trip.com Group will continue to encourage users to travel more responsibly through offering various sustainable travel options."
-Yudong Tan, CEO of Flights Business Group at Trip.com Group.
With so many great reasons to offset the CO2 emissions with Trip.com and CHOOOSE, we look forward to reviewing the success of the collaboration further later this year