Sabre Termination Distribution Agreement With The Lufthansa Group Airlines
The termination also concerns Abacus, the reservation system of the Sabres Asia-Pacific. In these uncertain times, it is important for us to inform you quickly and transparently of current developments. Today, we would like to inform them that GDS Sabre (1S) has terminated the distribution contract with Lufthansa Group airlines (Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and Brussels Airlines) effective June 30, 2020. This cessation also applies to GDS Abacus (1B). Many of these airlines – including Lufthansa Group airlines – offer exclusive fares and extras via NDC. For example, in the case of Lufthansa, the announcement is made because Lufthansa continues to discuss state aid with the governments of Germany, Austria and Belgium to help the airline survive the coronavirus crisis. It also comes when Lufthansa announces in June the takeover of 106 of its routes. „Lufthansa is investing heavily in the new distribution capability, a distribution channel for it, like all other airlines as well. They want a percentage sold through this channel.
As the contract expires, one industry observer believes that stopping distribution is simply a negotiating tactic. Lufthansa Group sent a letter to travel agencies last week stating that Sabre had terminated the distribution contract with Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss and Brussels effective June 30. The termination also applies to Abacus, a leader in the MDS in the Asia-Pacific region. In its letter to agents, Lufthansa said it continued to „make airline ticket distribution more innovative, attractive and customer-oriented for you and our common customers.“ The new agreement between Sabre and Lufthansa will come into force on 1 July 2009. „A simple and complete distribution of all elements of business travel content is essential for the recovery of the industry and the companies that operate it. The NDC is an important part of this distribution ecosystem, as is the MDS. Skift reveals how the failure of the agreement between the Lufthansa Group and Sabre signals new risks for corporate travel. On 12 May, Lufthansa informed its travel agency partners that its fares will be removed from the global distribution system from 30 June. Lufthansa Group announced today that flights from its airlines Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and Brussels Airlines will no longer be available for travel agencies using the Sabre GDS. If you have your own website or internal tool, you can create your own integration with Lufthansa`s NDC API. With SPRK, you can start quickly, but your customers can`t make or change reservations themselves, and your employees need to learn a new tool to access NDC content from other airlines. The lack of an extension reflects the direct sale of Lufthansa – although Lufthansa Skift has announced its intention to withdraw the agreement, not the airline group. Of course, we will inform you in the coming weeks of the future evolution of Lufthansa Group Airlines` distribution channels.
SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS, May 6, 2009 – Sabre and Lufthansa have signed a new four-year global agreement that continues to provide agencies and businesses around the world with access to the airline`s full content through the Von Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS).