Articles tagged “gds. global distribution systems”

Amadeus Isn’t Seeing a Significant Pickup in Airline Ticket Sales Yet

Amadeus Isn’t Seeing a Significant Pickup in Airline Ticket Sales Yet

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The first half of July saw little improvement in travel agency bookings compared with the first half of June, according to the world's largest processor of airline tickets. Sigh.

2 weeks ago

Travelport Receives $500 Million in Fresh Financing From Private Equity

Travelport Receives $500 Million in Fresh Financing From Private Equity

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The cash injection will give the travel technology firm Travelport some breathing room as it fights payments tech firm Wex over a transaction dispute.

2 months ago

Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China

Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus, the world's largest provider of ticket distribution and operational software for airlines, is a bellwether for the sector. It had a weak February, but it expects a rebound later this year. The outlook for airlines, however, is less optimistic.

6 months ago

Sabre to Boost Its Travel Tech Investment by $150 Million This Year

Sabre to Boost Its Travel Tech Investment by $150 Million This Year

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sabre CEO Sean Menke is right to highlight the progress his business has made during the three years since he took the top job. He's also right to insist the company needs to invest more in tech to keep up with the travel industry's pace of digital change. But will investors be patient?

6 months ago

Two Emblems of India Tourism Cut Costs to Stay Afloat

Two Emblems of India Tourism Cut Costs to Stay Afloat

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Air India and Oyo couldn’t be more different, not just in their respective businesses, but both could be gone in a New York minute if they aren’t able get past the biggest test they face currently.

7 months ago

How Struggling Air India Is Setting the Stage for a Major Battle Among Distribution Giants

How Struggling Air India Is Setting the Stage for a Major Battle Among Distribution Giants

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Much is at stake for global distribution systems and travel agencies as struggling Air India uses airline distribution as a means to stay afloat. The real winners and losers in this battle are still up in the air, with Amadeus back in the game after pulling out over a year ago.

7 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.

9 months ago

Why Do Airlines Suffer So Many Tech Glitches?

Why Do Airlines Suffer So Many Tech Glitches?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A British Airways hiccup earlier this month was merely the latest tech outage at a number of airlines. Why does the industry suffer from so many glitches? Experts point to some deeper reasons beyond the commonly heard "old tech" explanation.

12 months ago

Amadeus Finds Growth in Businesses Outside of Distribution

Amadeus Finds Growth in Businesses Outside of Distribution

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus deserves credit for making strides in reducing its dependence on its original core business of airline distribution. Few companies in any industry succeed in diversifying. But work remains to be done. Plus, the company may not be doing enough to capture Asia's potential as a market.

1 year ago

Amadeus Sees No Impact Yet on Airlines’ Pushback With New Distribution Models

Amadeus Sees No Impact Yet on Airlines’ Pushback With New Distribution Models

Sean O'Neill, Skift

For a couple of decades, distribution technology giants like Amadeus dictated contract terms to the airlines. But airline groups are leading a revolt to try to impose a new model on the middlemen. It's too early to say who will get the upper hand.

2 years ago

Travelport Faces Dramatic Changes if Activist Investor Gets His Way

Travelport Faces Dramatic Changes if Activist Investor Gets His Way

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The last thing travel tech giant Travelport needs is to be sold to private equity. It's still digging out from all the debt Blackstone saddled it with. Our best guess is that it will be forced to partly sell eNett, a payments business.

2 years ago