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YY fares almost extinct after seven decades

July 21, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

The end is finally approaching for YY fares – the IATA multilateral interlineable fares that were standard in agency ticketing until the 1980s. They are almost extinct already, having started out way back before the jet age, in 1945.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), has served notice on YY fares, having decided to finally wind them up and consign them to history.

YY fares will no longer be valid from 31 October 2018. The decision to rescind them, taken with a vote by the IATA Passenger Tariffs Conference on 28 June 2017, reflects the dramatic transformation that continues to take place in the distribution of airline products.

YY fares successfully enabled consumers to buy a single ticket in a single currency, giving worldwide travel options on different airlines and luggage checked through to final destination.

The Avro Lancastrian – a British airliner widely used when YY fares were introduced in 1945

Until the 1980s, most consumers travelled on YY fares. But competition, deregulation, alliances, liberalised bilateral agreements and developments in anti-trust regulation saw the use of YY fares gradually replaced by fares established by airlines. Today YY fares account for just 0.03% of tickets sold.

While YY Fares will shortly disappear, IATA has pledged its continued support for the multilateral interline system, with global standard setting for fare construction, mileage principles and currency standards. More importantly, airlines and industry partners are working through IATA to focus on the transformation of airline distribution with programs such as New Distribution Capability (NDC) and ONE Order.

“YY fares were the backbone of global airfares for much of the last 70 years,” IATA director general and chief executive, Alexandre de Juniac, commented.

“Their relevance has been overtaken by changing markets and consumer demands. Airlines are responding to this with innovations that will benefit consumers with more choice. And IATA’s focus is on enabling airlines to bring these innovations to consumers using modern day marketing and distribution capabilities – NDC and ONE Order. Travellers are gradually experiencing the benefits of NDC with a richer and more transparent shopping experience when using travel agents.

“And behind the scenes, the ONE Order initiative is modernising industry processes so that airlines sell their product in a single seamless transaction.”

Edited by Peter Needham

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    Part of the reason for the demise of these fares is that most airline “fare experts” are kids in their 20’s who’ve never used these fares. Fares like the full J and the J2B used to allow wonderful interline options. These days all we have is “seamless” interlining between alliance partners, something most travellers know is a total myth. I wanted to ticket a YY fare on QF paper some months ago and the kid at QF Industry just refused to accept that I could do this, even after I pointed out that as an IATA member QF was obliged to honour these fares. She just plain didn’t know what these fares were and only finally permitted it because Amadeus autoquoted it, and their phone message says they’ll honour any fare that the GDS will autoquote. Sadly, most of todays young consultants have no idea of these fares so I guess they’re going the same way as the ABC, the OAG, the FFA, Pan Am and the VC10.

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