BCD Travel has reached an agreement with Air France and KLM that will let its clients book reservations on the airlines without incurring a distribution surcharge.
Under the multi-year deal, BCD Travel will work with the airlines, as well as technology providers, to determine how new distribution capability (NDC) and new technologies can improve the travel experience for mutual clients and travelers. BCD also is committed to ensuring that companies retain the benefits of traditional distribution channels and will continue exploring the option of global distribution systems providing a viable solution.
Global distribution systems Travelport and Amadeus support BCD’s agreement with Air France and KLM, which on April 1 began allowing the airlines to waive their distribution surcharge for bookings made through these GDSs. BCD said it is optimistic that similar support will come from GDS Sabre.
“We are committed to ensuring that our industry moves forward and that new technologies are used to improve the customer experience for travel buyers. This agreement helps do that,” said Rose Stratford, BCD Travel executive vice president of Global Supplier Relations and Strategic Sourcing. “It ensures that airline distribution channels will continue to provide corporate travel buyers with all the benefits they currently enjoy.”
Soline de Montremy, senior vice president of Global Sales and Partnerships for the Air France-KLM Group, said, “We are delighted to have reached this agreement with BCD Travel, which is great news for our mutual customers. BCD Travel has given a strong commitment to NDC, and we look forward to working in collaboration with them and their technology partners in developing plans and delivering enhanced experiences for customers.”
Find out about BCD Travel’s distribution agreement with British Airways and Iberia, and learn more about air channel changes by replaying Advito webinar “NDC Insights and Impact: What You Need to Know Now.”