Articles tagged “airline distribution”

Sabre and Farelogix Leave Merger in Judge’s Hands as the Justice Department Rests Case

Sabre and Farelogix Leave Merger in Judge’s Hands as the Justice Department Rests Case

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A federal judge heard closing arguments in the U.S. government's antitrust suit to block Sabre's acquisition of Farelogix. Inside the courtroom, Judge Leonard Stark's comments didn't show his hand. The case seems a close call.

2 weeks ago

What the Sabre-Farelogix Antitrust Trial Could Reveal About Airline Technology

What the Sabre-Farelogix Antitrust Trial Could Reveal About Airline Technology

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's notable that we had a much easier time finding experts who supported Sabre's proposed merger of Farelogix than opponents. But this court case will be decided on legal nuances, and its outcome is impossible to predict. We pity the judge who has to endure this crash course in airline technology and distribution.

4 weeks ago

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How Travel Agencies Can Maximize Commissions and Boost Profitability in a New Era of Airfare Retailing

How Travel Agencies Can Maximize Commissions and Boost Profitability in a New Era of Airfare Retailing

Avian + Skift

Travel agencies can say goodbye to old-school excel spreadsheets and paper agreements for keeping track of airfare sales. Today, digitalization provides a much easier and powerful tool to manage incentive and commission contracts with airlines.

1 month ago

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Intelligent Scheduling Will Drive the Next Frontier of Improving Customer Experience

Intelligent Scheduling Will Drive the Next Frontier of Improving Customer Experience

Sabre + Skift

Airlines have invested in making many of their offerings increasingly data-driven in recent years. Yet they haven’t taken the same approach to schedules, one of their preeminent products.

3 months ago

Sabre Stops Selling Most Finnair Tickets in Contract Spat

Sabre Stops Selling Most Finnair Tickets in Contract Spat

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's rare for airline contract disputes with distribution companies to reach this outcome. Finnair will suffer financially until it cuts a deal. Sabre, for its part, risks embarrassment if it's seen as bullying a midsize carrier. Nobody usually ends up winning in these classic games of chicken.

3 months ago

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Blockchain Technology Finds New Purpose in Transforming Airline Retailing

Blockchain Technology Finds New Purpose in Transforming Airline Retailing

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) + Skift

New kinds of partnerships and connections are changing how the airline industry retails. Stakeholders are increasingly turning to new technology like blockchain to facilitate these changes without disrupting their ability to provide travelers a frictionless experience and giving travel managers the control they need.

3 months ago

Incoming CEO of Airlines-Backed ARC Sees Direct Bookings as Growth Area

Incoming CEO of Airlines-Backed ARC Sees Direct Bookings as Growth Area

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airlines Reporting Corporation's expansion into providing services around direct bookings is intriguing. We'll be watching how it handles the challenge without vexing the travel agencies that will remain its core customer.

3 months ago

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Airlines Use New Tech to Create Partnerships That Increase Direct Bookings

Airlines Use New Tech to Create Partnerships That Increase Direct Bookings

Dohop + Skift

New interlining technology is helping airlines simplify how they partner with other airlines and grow direct bookings.

3 months ago

Amadeus Loses Premier Inn Tech Deal But Sees Growth Elsewhere

Amadeus Loses Premier Inn Tech Deal But Sees Growth Elsewhere

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A few months ago, activist investor Elliott Management took Amadeus rival Travelport private. Elliott also happens to be the largest shareholder of Whitbread, the parent company of Premier Inn. That hotel chain has now dropped its contract with Amadeus for software services. Coincidence?

4 months ago

Duffel Joins Wave of Startups Accelerating Efforts to Reinvent Airline Distribution

Duffel Joins Wave of Startups Accelerating Efforts to Reinvent Airline Distribution

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Venture capitalists are turning their sights on airline distribution. Duffel's backing by VC firms Index and Benchmark brings hope to the sector. New ideas and technologies may help create more efficient and user-friendly ways for travel agencies to access airline data to sell tickets and other products.

4 months ago

Amadeus and Sabre Sign Up for New Approach to Flight Selling

Amadeus and Sabre Sign Up for New Approach to Flight Selling

Sean O'Neill, Skift

New deals mean that offline and online travel agencies will more quickly and commonly see richly descriptive details about what any given airfare includes, such as facts about legroom and photos of premium class seats. But don't hold your breath in anticipation. Travel sellers have to wait another five years before next-gen selling will become the norm for agents.

4 months ago

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Executive Q&A: CEO of ARC on Transforming Airline Retailing for an Omnichannel Future

Executive Q&A: CEO of ARC on Transforming Airline Retailing for an Omnichannel Future

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) + Skift

An omnichannel approach in airline retailing today must encompass the full spectrum of distribution channels including direct and indirect channels, particularly travel agencies.

4 months ago